Mission at the heart of the church, the church at the heart of mission
  • Articles from the latest issue of Sphere magazine considering what your church can do to better support your mission partners
  • Articles from Sphere magazine, considering how to go about improving your church mission strategy
  • A free resource with articles written for people considering long-term involvement in mission and a directory of organisation to contact

The UK network for world mission

Global Connections is a growing network of over 300 UK churches and agencies with a passion for mission. Our members include organisations of all sizes working in countries all over the world. Drawing on this wealth of experience, together we seek to address the key challenges in mission today.

Serving the network

Coming events

13 Nov 14
The church and recent events.
Location: London
19 Nov 14
Topic: Coaching – a valuable tool?
Location: London
17 Mar 15
TBA
Location: London
21 May 15
Topic: TBA
Location: London
6 Jul 15
tba
Location: Birmingham
8 Aug 15
A retreat for mission partners
Location: North Shropshire
19 Nov 15
Topic: TBA
Location: London

Key resources

Sphere - A duty of care
A duty of care: Supporting your church's mission partners
Sphere - Any which way?
Any which way?: Improving your church mission strategy
Short-Term Service Directory
A directory of short-term service opportunities in the UK
Master Policy provide insurance solutions for compliance with the Package Travel Regulations
How to join
Find out how to join the network and the advantages that membership provides
Pension and retirement planning schemes provided via Prosperitas
For churches and agencies facilitating short-term mission trips in the UK and worldwide

Latest prayer points

Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen
Innovative evangelism: Though expatriate Christians have opportunity for discreet sharing of the gospel in the Arabian Peninsula, arrests, imprisonments and deportations still occur for those who evangelise or distribute christian literature unwisely. Despite the difficulties, Christians are finding innovative ways to share their faith. One person shared recently: “Each week I, and some other men, prayer-walk around different parts of the city. Now we want to ‘tour’ all the coffee shops and see if there are people we can talk to. If there aren’t, we’ll still pray.” Pray that: these believers would have good conversations with people in the coffee shops; they will be enabled to sensitively share something of their faith and the gospel. In some homes the television is on almost permanently. Since Arab women rarely leave the house, the television is like a window onto the outside world. Pray that it would be a ‘window’ to the truth, providing glimpses of God’s love. (WEC International - October 2014)
United Kingdom
'Journeying With' initiative: A diagnosis of sight loss can mean isolation and loneliness. Positive feedback from the Torch Journeying With initiative piloted in Northern Ireland suggests that people losing their sight find a trained volunteer befriender is – quite literally – a Godsend. The befriending service will now be rolled out around the UK. Following training, a befriender gets alongside someone newly diagnosed for up to six months. He or she helps as someone deals with the emotional, social and physical impact of sight loss on their everyday life, supporting them as they make adjustments.  (Torch Trust for the Blind - September 2014)
Palestinian Territories
Al-Ahli Hospital: The staff at the Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza City, the only Christian hospital in Gaza, has maintained an around-the-clock presence since the recent military action began. Receiving wounded people and providing them with critical medical care, the Al-Ahli hospital is experiencing shortages in medicine, fuel for electrical generators, food for patients, and food parcels for the community. In a recent communication related to South Sudan, the Archbishop of Canterbury said we should "batter the gates of heaven" with our prayers for peace. Surely the same must be said of Israel-Palestine. Let's pray too for the wounded, bereaved and for those at Al-Ahli hospital working to help them.  (Church Mission Society - September 2014)
Pakistan
The Eastern Baloch: Many of the Baloch people in Pakistan live in harsh climatic living conditions, cut off from any large civilisation. Educational levels are low and many are illiterate. Governmental development schemes have largely been of little effect to the Baloch people. Ask God to raise up believers in Pakistan and overseas to reach out to the Baloch. Pray for believers, that they would fearlessly stand firm in their faith against persecution. (Frontiers - September 2014)
Papua New Guinea
Evacuating the sick: Last year MAF served people living in more than 270 remote locations in Papua New Guinea. One of the most important ministries is the evacuation of the sick and injured from remote communities with pilots often having to respond to requests for flights at very short notice. Pray for fast and effective treatment for their patients like Naha - a young boy recently medevaced from a remote village called Owena after suffering a bite from a venomous Death Adder. Naha was flown out to a main centre to receive successful treatment. Praise God for his full recovery and pray for positive outcomes for the hundreds of patients MAF flies in PNG each year. (Mission Aviation Fellowship UK - September 2014)
Philippines
The key export: Anywhere that you travel in the world, you are likely to find Filipinos! The nation's key export is workers - everyone from construction labourers in the Middle East to nurses in Britain. But their flair for adaptation also makes Filipinos excellent missionaries! Most learn languages with ease, acclimate to weather, culture, and food, and are creative in finding solutions to problems. Above all of these is the capacity for deep and lasting relationships. Ask the Lord to provide for the necessary finances in order that more Filipinos could go to unreached peoples, while still having enough to help their families back home. (YWAM - September 2014)
Saudi Arabia
The Hajj: The Muslim pilgrimage, or Hajj, should be performed at least once in a Muslim’s lifetime provided that they are physically and financially able to do so. At the end of September, Nearly two million Muslims from all over the world will gather in Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s Hajj during the first days of October. All the pilgrims wear two very simple white garments – a symbol that all distinctions of wealth, status, class and culture are gone and they stand together equal. During Hajj they perform a number of rituals. Pray for a revelation of the gospel of grace. “For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9  (WEC International - September 2014)
Pakistan
Gospel materials: In Pakistan, the gospel is available in various local languages and formats: Bibles, New Testaments and scripture portions; videos, DVDs and CDs; locally written booklets and tracts; Bible correspondence courses; radio programmes. Work goes on to produce more materials relevant to today’s society, in order that the only stumbling block should be the gospel itself and not the style of presentation. Pray for good audio and written materials, so that the gospel might ‘cut through’ to people’s hearts. As well as presenting the gospel well, these materials need to be widely circulated. Most people in Pakistan wouldn’t know where or how to get a Bible if they wanted one. Pray for: abundant seed-sowing; materials to be widely circulated; the gospel to be made known in all areas of Pakistan; for people to embrace the truth of the gospel and new life in Christ. (WEC International - September 2014)