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

Resourcing churches for world mission

Global Connections is a growing network of over 300 UK churches and agencies with a passion for mission. Drawing on this wealth of experience, together we seek to inspire churches to be engaged in mission both in the UK and overseas. Whatever you are looking for - inspiring articles, good practice guidelines, prayer information - you will find a wealth of material and links to others.

Resourcing churches

Inspiring mission videos

This is Our Story: Slovakia to Thailand
The story of Eva, a Slovakian missionary to Thailand, where she helps to support Bible translation work - 5mins 32secs
This is Our Story: El Salvador
Members of a church in El Salvador share how the church has become practically involved in mission - 5mins 28secs
Prayercast
A series of short videos to help pray for different countries around the world
Secret Children
Highlighting the plight of children in countries where Christians are persecuted - 5mins 56secs
This is Our Story: The Philippines
A small group of churches in the Philippines is determined to be part of the Great Commission; whatever it takes - 5mins 45secs

Recent articles

Link to Lausanne website paper: a background for mission in the UK amongst Hindus.
Tim Herbert, Syzygy
Tim Herbert talks to us about how churches can maximise the effectiveness of their mission partners and prevent them from returning prematurely.
Four suggestions to help your church care for your mission partners
Ann Christian
Ann Christian tells us some of her story of what mission partners and sending churches can do to keep their relationship strong over the years.
Ideas to show you care - from mission partners and others

Latest prayer points

Serbia
My First Bible: OM EAST works in partnership with the Roma Bible Union to share the gospel with Roma groups in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Arli in Serbia. Together, they produced an illustrated family Bible in the Arli language. My First Bible is capturing the attention of both adults and children. Recently one of the Roma Bible Union team members, Kristof*, gave a copy to an Arli man. As he left, Kristof was deeply moved by what he had witnessed. “It was so touching to see him react to having a Bible in his own language,” Kristof said. “He just held it and said over and over ‘this is my language’.” The man’s response is a powerful example of how important it is for people to receive God’s truth in the language closest to their heart. *Name changed (Operation Mobilisation - July 2014)
Syria
Increasingly under strain: For those living in the midst of Syria’s civil war, death could easily become a preoccupation. Three years into the conflict, it’s estimated that 5,000 people are being killed each month with the overall death toll at 150,000. For civilians caught in the middle, the struggle for survival is as unrelenting as the sound of gunfire and explosions. Providing aid is also a challenge. Pray for the efforts of Christian organisations to go where the need is greatest and to help a population that’s increasingly under strain.  (Tearfund - July 2014)
Sri Lanka
Increasing persecution: In June, a pastor and three members of his congregation were hospitalised following a mob attack in Sri Lanka’s Mannar district. The Christians had gathered at a home in Madu village for a meeting with police to discuss threats made to Christians who had attended a prayer meeting there the previous day. As the Christians waited for the police, some 150 villagers surrounded the house and started to abuse them. Around 40 people then stormed the house, beating the pastor unconscious and assaulting other Christians. Police arrived only after the mob had fled. Pray for God to restore those who have been injured or traumatised by recent attacks. Pray for Christians in Sri Lanka to stand firm in their faith amidst increasing persecution.  (Release International - July 2014)
Ramadan
Ramadan: Across the Muslim world there will be increased religious activity during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting (28th June to 27th July). Some will be earnestly seek God during this time. Pray for them to have dreams and visions. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4. Pray for spiritually blind eyes to be opened to the truth.  (WEC International - July 2014)