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)
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)
Bulgaria
Trafficked for sex: Amongst the many problems facing the people of Bulgaria are stories of over 10,000 women being trafficked for sex every year. Several of Transform Europe Now’s partners in Bulgaria are working to help overcome the abuse of women. Ministries include offering women a shelter to escape abusive relationships, providing vocational training for gypsy girls, and distributing Christian magazines to women across Bulgaria. Please pray for the fruitfulness of this work – that women would be transformed as they experience the love of Jesus. Pray that attitudes towards women will change and that loving, nurturing relationships will become normality. Pray too that the sex trafficking trade will be stopped and that the vulnerable young girls will be reunited with family or given safe and healthy care. (Transform Europe Now - September 2014)
Macedonia
High unemployment: Macedonia is severely hampered by alarmingly high unemployment. Attempts to rectify this with structural reforms are a slow process. Many homes and neighbourhoods have appalling living conditions while infrastructure is largely obsolete. A lack of job opportunities sees many of the educated and skilled Macedonians leave the country in search of employment. Please pray for Transform Europe Now’s (TEN) Macedonian partners - churches and Christian organisations who work amidst the widespread poverty and unemployment, serving the poor and sharing the love of Jesus. Some of the current ministries include leading children’s and youth work, distributing food to all regardless of race, and teaching the stories of Jesus amongst minority communities.  (Transform Europe Now - September 2014)
Iraq
Terrible atrocities: You will have seen the terrible atrocities being committed against the Christian and Kurdish Yezidi peoples of northern Iraq. Thousands are suffering, and our hearts ache to stand with them and provide emergency services, supplies, prayers, and love for those in need. Working through our long-established local partner the Iraq Evangelical Church, aid supplies of food, water, medicines and blankets have already been channelled to refugees in cities such as Erbil. Please pray for the thousands who sought refuge in schools, building sites and other places where they can escape the heat. One Yezidi official fought back tears while expressing gratitude to Christians who have helped his people. (WorldShare - September 2014)
Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen
Reaching a digital generation: Using the power of media, believers from Muslim backgrounds are effectively sharing Christ across the Arab world. Today, more than 125 million individuals use the internet in the Arab world providing a platform for both men and women, with otherwise limited access to Christian resources, to study God’s Word. As a result, our media follow-up network encourages seekers to explore the gospel online and mentors believers through interactive Bible courses.  (Arab World Ministry of Pioneers - September 2014)
Georgia
'Different Christians': Christianity came to Georgia in the fourth century; today 90% of the population consider themselves to be Orthodox Christians and most of them think that orthodoxy is only true way to God. It is challenging, therefore, to be a ‘different Christian’ - for example, an evangelical or a Roman Catholic. The greatest strength of student groups is the caring relationships among Christians. This positive atmosphere attracts students. The main challenge to students is the hostile attitude of many people towards evangelicals. Pray for more faithful student leaders and for a vision for student work in churches. (IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - September 2014)
Tajikistan
Ruled by fear: Tajikistan is a mountainous, landlocked country in central Asia. Until the twentieth century there were no known Christians in the area. Now the Holy Spirit seems to be at work, and many believe that this is God's time for spiritual breakthrough in Tajikistan. A number of Tajiks have heard the gospel and believe, but fearing their families’ and communities' reactions they don’t acknowledge their decision to follow Christ. This greatly hampers the growth of the church and of those individual Christians who are ruled by fear rather than faith and perfect love. Give thanks that God is at work and pray for Christians living in this difficult situation. (IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - September 2014)