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  • God's Mission in a time of transition. What is the role of the UK in mission today in a world that has changed so much and continues to change?
  • Anna Bishop has now joined the staff team to succeed Martin Lee as Executive Director. For information about Anna, click through to read her staff profile.
  • Closing reflections by Martin Lee from the Global Connections conference in May 2016.
  • The Global Connections Code of Best Practice for Church to Church Partnerships (C2CP) is designed to provide guidelines for churches interested in forming cross-cultural partnerships
  • Martin Lee reflects on the challenges of transition as he nears the end of his 13 years as Executive Director of Global Connections.

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.

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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: The Philippines
A small group of churches in the Philippines is determined to be part of the Great Commission; whatever it takes - 5mins 45secs
Tears of the Saints
Promoting mission to unreached people around the world, with a particular focus on Asia - 6mins 33secs
Prayercast
A series of short videos to help pray for different countries around the world
Dried Up, Drowned out
Looking at the impact of changing climate on the lives of people in East Africa - 5mins 30secs

Recent articles

Rick and Andrea Posters explain how their skills were adapted and used in support of SAT-7’s unique ministry of ‘making God’s love visible to those in the Middle East and North Africa’.
A group of 12 from Above Bar Church in Southampton visited Spain to work alongside other short-termers supporting a European Christian Mission church plant.
Hannah James reflects on a life-changing year in Kolkata with BMS
The 2013-14 student team reflect on their year at Riverside Performing Arts
Article by Jeff Fountain for Lausanne Movement.

Latest prayer points

Indonesia
7,600 scripture study groups: One of the most effective ways to see ‘hard to reach’ people groups fall in love with Jesus is to have them engage with the scriptures. Sometimes their religious system inhibits or prevents them from having access to the Bible, but when those barriers are broken down, salvation and spiritual breakthroughs will come. In one part of Indonesia, over 7,600 scripture study groups were meeting regularly in 2016, all with ties back to the their local Christian radio stations. As we celebrate that God's Spirit is moving to draw people to Jesus through his word, continue to pray for a great harvest for the kingdom.  (Reach Beyond - June 2017)
Myanmar
Under Every Spreading Tree: When I’m trying to describe Myanmar to friends who have never visited, I compare it to how at home we can’t drive anywhere without passing half a dozen churches. In Myanmar, you can’t drive anywhere without passing a dozen pagodas or shrines. The Old Testament talks about people building places of worship on every high hill and under every spreading tree. These verses could well have been describing Myanmar with its pagodas on every high hill and shrines under every spreading tree. Pray that the people of Myanmar may be able to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation without turning it into something to be worshipped that they will seek the one true God who can help them. Pray that God’s true temple may be in the hearts of the Myanmar people. (OMF International UK - June 2017)
China
Something's Missing: China-based journalist Ian Johnson recently described “the reality of present-day China” as a place “where hundreds of millions of people are consumed with doubt about their society and are turning to religion and faith for answers they cannot find elsewhere in their radically secular society. They wonder what makes a good life and if there is more to it than material gain.” A pastor of a church in Chengdu told him: “We thought we were unhappy because we were poor. But now a lot of us aren’t poor anymore, and yet we’re still unhappy. We realise there’s something missing, and that’s a spiritual life.” Pray for those searching to find answers in Jesus Christ, and pray for Christians to be able to share the Good News. (Chinese Church Support Ministries (CCSM) - June 2017)
Japan
Hikikomori: 'Hikikomori are those who shut themselves off from society, reclusive in their rooms, sometimes for years. This acute social withdrawal is a particularly Japanese phenomenon possibly affecting 1% of the population. Similar numbers could be on the verge of hikikomori, meaning well over 2 million people are affected or at high risk. Causes are unclear but individuals with a strong sense of self and independent thinking can feel out of place in Japan’s group-oriented and fixed-expectation society. Please pray that more Christians would want to help sufferers and their families discover their true identity and acceptance in Christ. Pray for those hikikomori who will prove gifted in leading the advance of the gospel will be led to faith in Christ and want to live for Him. (Japan Christian Link - June 2017)