The Global Connections Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Anna Bishop as Executive Director to succeed Martin Lee when he retires in July 2017. It is planned that she will join the staff in late April 2017.
NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 came into force on 6 April 2015, and the changes imposed by the new Regulations have major implications for access to NHS healthcare for mission partners.
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Samurai Training Project: In Japan there is a need for effective training for Christians, whether formally in Bible College or through other more flexible or less formal training. Pray that those with suitable leadership and teaching gifts would have courage to come forward for training and pray that effective programs for them would emerge. We do thank the Lord for a number of new training initiatives in recent years. Ultimately, pray that a growing body of young men and women disciples of Jesus will influence all corners of Japanese society for him and that these are equipped through the new Tokyo-based ‘Samurai’ project. Pray that all Japanese believers would find the encouragement, training and support they need in order to use their gifts in the Lord's service for his glory. (Japan Christian Link - February 2017)
Bilo Bible Translation
Bilo Bible Translation: Bible translation for the Bilo* people of Southeast Asia is underway. The translation team have been working on Luke; sadly it won’t have been ready for Christmas but the team have compiled a booklet containing the Christmas story as told by Matthew and Luke which has been checked and will be distributed to all the churches in the region. It will also be distributed on mobile phones both as a document and hopefully as an oral recording as well, as more people will want to listen to the Christmas story than are able to read the local language. Pray that people outside, as well as inside the church, will listen to the story, hear the Good News and come to know Jesus. [*Name changed for security reasons] (Wycliffe Bible Translators - February 2017)
Street Dance Classes: A Brazilian missionary uses street dance classes to engage with young Japanese people. Some of these youth some are rejected by Japanese society at large because they prefer to dance rather than go to university. Pray that using this common interest will be an effective way of creating opportunities to share the gospel. May JP’s ministry lead young people to find both the heavenly and earthly affirmation and friendship they desire. (OMF International UK - February 2017)
Persecution is Mounting: In recent years Mindanao has become a flashpoint for extremist attacks. The father of 12-year-old Naomi was murdered in September apparently because of his faith and work as a church elder in Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Perfecto was at home in Sultan Kudarat when two men drove up and shot him seven times. Local Christians have also reportedly come under pressure to sell church property to Muslims who have built a mosque close by. Some have fled the area because of related attacks on nearby villages. Pray for Naomi and her younger brother, who are now orphans. Pray for peace in Sultan Kudarat, that the land dispute will be resolved and that Christians will stand strong in their faith, especially in areas where persecution is mounting. (Release International - February 2017)