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October 2017
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Mission – Slave to servant

Because the biblical account of Joseph is so much like his own life, Joseph Mutabula loves it. A special calling has overcome his mistreatment as a suffering child. Genocide in Rwanda marred Joseph’s early life. His mother hid him and escaped with him to Uganda, but soon died. As a seven-year-old little boy, he was enslaved by an uncle and forced to do heavy farm labour. Subjected to beatings since he did not convert to his uncle’s faith, Joseph ran away. Yet his destination was a city where he lived in the street with other destitute orphans. On the streets of Masaka, God reached out...

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September 2017
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Mission – Christian play centre

A campaign has been launched to create the UK’s first dedicated Bible-themed play centre, in south Manchester. The interactive discovery centre for children, which will be not-for-profit, will include a large play area, café and function room, and will be entirely based around the Bible. Called ‘The Hidden Treasure Discovery Centre’, its organisers claim it will be a great resource for the whole region. Andy and Ruth Lancey, the visionaries behind the centre, said all the play equipment will use simple stories and biblical principles to help children understand vital truths as they play, such as ‘You matter’ and ‘God has a plan for you’....

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September 2017
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Mission – Bible banks double in three months

The West Midlands has seen a remarkable growth in the number of Bible banks. There are now 13 churches in the West Midlands with Bible banks, compared with just five churches a short time ago. Bible banks, which were the initiative of the Black Country Mission, have been set up in Anglican, Methodist, Baptist and Pentecostal churches, as well as in the Salvation Army and People’s Mission. Churches from different denominations have agreed on one overriding principle, the need to bring the Bible to the people. Bible banks can operate side by side with food banks. Jesus himself gave us an example, as he provided...

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September 2017
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Mission – Gloucester carnival witness

The annual Bible salvation verse reading and giving out of gospel tracts to 40,000 people lining the route of the Gloucester carnival procession took place on Saturday 22 July, at 3.30pm. This Christian outreach has been done every year for 34 years. Following a strongly worded letter from a leading law firm in London, Gloucester city councillors finally, after three years, dropped its demand that words on all tracts had to be vetted by Marketing Gloucester officials before being handed out. This demand had caused distress to the 30 Christians who had not given out any offensive tracts at all, but who had been falsely...

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September 2017
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Mission – NTM 75th anniversary

The 75th anniversary of the New Tribes Mission (NTM) was celebrated with a special time of celebration and remembrance of its five missionary martyrs, who lost their lives in NTM’s first endeavour, attempting to contact the Ayorés in Bolivia in 1943. The social committee came up with the idea of a 1940s style British tea party, which according to its latest newsletter, the event was a wonderful time of fellowship. At the event, the NTM UK team and the North Cotes College staff, volunteers and students came together to see how NTM was founded. The newsletter said, ‘It is humbling to see how NTM has...

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August 2017
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Sun, sea and salvation

Glorious weather has helped boost seaside visitors this year, but how many people will be met on the beach with the Bible? Across the UK, as well as continental Europe, UK-based churches and Christian organisations have been running Bible camps, beach missions and outreach at popular holiday destinations. Local One local mission is the Emmanuel Beach Mission (EBM), which runs for three weeks in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire. Each week teams are on the beach (or in a local school if wet) for a presentation on Saturday and Sunday, then a three-hour programme from Monday to Friday. This usually begins with building a giant sand sculpture, followed...

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August 2017
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Mission – Baptisms at Sola Grazia

Italy’s Sola Grazia church in Mantua celebrated on a perfect summer’s day on 11 June with a host of believers’ baptisms. We had a full church, with more than 90 people squeezing into our small church. Everyone had come to share in the wonderful service of baptism we had been planning for some months. We had five baptisms in total. These people had expressed an interest in being baptised and so Andrea and Alan met with them to chat through the implications of baptism and to ascertain the spiritual maturity of each candidate. They were discipled individually and we were delighted to recommend that each...

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July 2017
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Mission – Beighton, Sheffield

Crystal Peaks Church (CPC), a plant from Wycliffe Church, Sheffield, was coming up to four years of age and didn’t have two pennies to rub together, let alone £175,000. But the church suddenly became aware that God was slowly but surely leading us to become established in Beighton village, where a Primitive Methodist church building had come onto the open market. It was about half a mile away from our rented accommodation and had closed its doors in 2015. Our first convert lived 100m from this Methodist church. We had taken on an allotment in Beighton, had delivered postcards to around 3000 Beighton homes during...

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