The Global Connections Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Anna Bishop as Executive Director to succeed Martin Lee when he retires in June 2017. It is planned that she will join the staff in late April 2017.
Martin Lee reflects on the challenges of transition as he nears the end of his 13 years as Executive Director of Global Connections.
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An Open Door for Arabs.: Zell am See in Austria’s Salzburg lake district has become a favourite holiday destination for many Arabs. OM Austria partners with a local church to reach these tourists. Thank God for the many divine appointments and scriptures taken back to closed countries. (Operation Mobilisation - April 2017)
Counter-cultural Christianity.: The Chinese New Year was celebrated at the end of January. Since 1996 this period has been marked by a week of public holiday called the Spring Festival. Some of the traditional practices associated with the festival mean that it can be a difficult time for Christians. As in all societies, Christianity runs counter-culturally, but their counter-cultural faith is seen especially clearly at the Spring Festival. Many Chinese Christians will go home to see their families at this time and celebrate. But there can also be a lot of pressure from parents - to get married, over money matters, or being compared to their friends. Will you pray for them? Pray that these Christians will take the gospel home with them. (OMF International UK - April 2017)
Prepared for Any Eventuality.: Around 20 typhoons affect the Philippines each year and, following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan three years ago, Viva and a local partner PCMN have been running a rehabilitation programme to ensure vulnerable communities in Eastern Samar are well equipped when disaster strikes. During the second half of last year, the network held a series of events. A total of 3,255 children took part in camps organised by 11 organisations in three locations. The children learnt how to become better prepared to take care of themselves and others in the event of a typhoon, fire, flood or earthquake. Pray that when the next disaster strikes thousands of children and families will be better prepared and that more lives will be saved. (Viva - April 2017)
China's Precious Children.: Before 2016, orphanages were largely full of healthy baby girls abandoned by parents hoping to have a male child (due to China’s One Child Policy). Since then there has been significant change and today up to 95% of those in orphanages are children with special needs. Although attitudes to those with disabilities are changing across China, cultural prejudice toward them remains a significant hurdle. These increased demands on the caregivers can be overwhelming and more staff with medical and physiotherapy training are critical. Pray that people with these skills will go to China’s orphanages to train and encourage, and that God will provide the resources needed. (Chinese Church Support Ministries) (Chinese Church Support Ministries (CCSM) - April 2017)