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

7 Oct 14
Global trends in Mission
Location: Belfast
8 Oct 14
For whose benefit?
Location: Northampton
9 Oct 14
Building Leaders Worth Following
Location: Hoddesdon
14 Oct 14
Global Change: Exploring Current Trends in Mission
Location: London
15 Oct 14
Women and Islam: beyond the veil
Location: London
16 Oct 14
More than missionaries
Location: London
18 Oct 14
Who is My Muslim Neighbour?
Location: Woking
18 Oct 14
This event has been cancelled
Location: N/A

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

Nepal
Making a difference: Almost 2% of the population of Nepal has some form of disability. Green Pastures Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre (GPHRC) in Pokhara is helping people affected by leprosy by providing protective shoes and mobility aids. The centre also has skilled technicians for making prostheses and training patients in their use; they have also developed expertise in the fitting, modifying and repairing of wheelchairs. Give thanks that last year the centre was able to help 1,600 people through these services, making a considerable difference to the quality of life of each patient. Pray that each person who comes into contact with GPHRC experiences the love of Christ and has an opportunity to hear the gospel.  (International Nepal Fellowship - July 2014)
Timor-Leste
Making a positive impact: East Timor became independent in 2002 following a bloody struggle against Indonesian occupation. Today, unemployment is very high, as is alcohol abuse and gang involvement. Many women and children carry a history of physical and sexual abuse. The Roman Catholicism followed by 99% of the population often incorporates animism and other folk religions. Protestants are generally accused of bringing in a foreign religion, can be the victims of violence and are not permitted to gather on campus. Pray for Christian students to remain strong and not to be ruled by fear of curses that may be invoked on them, even by their families. Pray too for lecturers and principals of schools to see the positive impact Christians make on the campus. Finally, pray for peace and reconciliation for a country torn apart by gangs and violence and for healing from abuse and trauma. (IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - July 2014)
Brunei
Slow and steady deterioration: The position of Christians in Brunei has slowly but steadily deteriorated. Sharia law has been fully implemented since 2011 for all Muslims in the country. Anglican and Catholic churches are the only recognised Christian communities in the country, but even they have to be very careful. Those who convert to Christianity, especially those from a Malay background, face a much higher degree of pressure. It is impossible to print Christian materials in the country and importing them is forbidden. No violent incidents were reported in 2013, yet the level of fear among the Christian minority is very high.  (Open Doors UK and Ireland - July 2014)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Discipling Christian students: St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a scenic multi-island state. It is predominantly a ‘Christian’ state where there is freedom of religious practice. However, many students have a lot of problems - broken families, low moral values, the carnival culture and easy availability of marijuana. ISCCF is a movement seeking to disciple Christian students there. Pray for new investment as the group seeks to establish a much-needed national leadership team and to put in place more role model leaders to challenge and encourage students. Pray too for students themselves, that they would be godly examples to those around them.  (IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - July 2014)
Afghanistan
Signs of spiritual growth: Afghanistan’s landslide in the northeast briefly made international news but thousands still suffer. Over 2,500 are believed to have died, but searching for bodies has stopped and the area declared a mass grave due to overwhelming levels of mud and rock. Pray that those who’ve lost everything, from home and livelihood to loved ones, will reach out to the One who can meet their need. There have also been encouraging signs of spiritual growth in the country. Locals are beginning to tackle the responsibility of teaching and training the few new believers, but face serious harm if discovered. Pray the believers would be protected from harm and strongly equipped, united in faith, and filled with His power, courage, and wisdom.  (AsiaLink - July 2014)
United Kingdom
Programmes in Urdu and Hindi: There are a number of radio stations in the UK serving the Asian community but very few of these ever broadcast programmes with a Christian flavour. One group of radio producers in Yorkshire are trying to reverse this trend by producing creative programmes in Urdu and Hindi covering major Christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter. Pray for Whistling Frog Productions and their on-going campaign to bring the name of Jesus onto local Asian commercial radio stations and for listeners to respond to his life-changing message.  (Reach Beyond - July 2014)
Ecuador
Life in abundance: Please pray for those with disabilities in Ecuador. Many suffer discrimination and are ignored, while those who care for them often do not have the knowledge, tools or resources to know how to help. Please pray for projects like Life in Abundance Trust, which works with children with learning difficulties, helping them to become more independent and assisting them in accessing the resources to which they should be entitled through the state. Pray especially for a new initiative for mid-to-late teens in vocational training so that they might even be able to gain some form of employment.  (Church Mission Society - July 2014)
Spain
Hearing the gospel through the airwaves: Spanish FM station Radio Vida broadcasts Christian programmes to the area of La Linea de la Concepcion and Gibraltar in the area of Andalucía. Thousands of people tune in and the station receives many emails, texts and phone calls, especially for their special programme aimed at the relatives and friends of prisoners. Now Radio Vida has the opportunity to enlarge its transmission area to include Jerez de la Frontera, the largest municipality in the province. Pray that these plans will come to fruition and that many more people will hear the gospel through the airwaves in Spain.  (Reach Beyond - July 2014)