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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: The Philippines
A small group of churches in the Philippines is determined to be part of the Great Commission; whatever it takes - 5mins 45secs
North Korean testimony
An 18 year old Christian from North Korea sharing her testimony at the Lausanne Congress at Cape Town in 2010 - 8mins 41secs
Tears of the Saints
Promoting mission to unreached people around the world, with a particular focus on Asia - 6mins 33secs
Lost
Unapproachable, untouched, untouchable, disconnected. These are all words and descriptions given for yet another word: Unreached - 5mins 22secs
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

Recent articles

Link to Lausanne website paper: a background for mission in the UK amongst Hindus.
Four suggestions to help your church care for your mission partners
Ideas to show you care - from mission partners and others
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.
An article examining how as a UK church we might better equip our mission partners not just to survive, but to thrive in their situations overseas.

Latest prayer points

Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen
Innovative evangelism: Though expatriate Christians have opportunity for discreet sharing of the gospel in the Arabian Peninsula, arrests, imprisonments and deportations still occur for those who evangelise or distribute christian literature unwisely. Despite the difficulties, Christians are finding innovative ways to share their faith. One person shared recently: “Each week I, and some other men, prayer-walk around different parts of the city. Now we want to ‘tour’ all the coffee shops and see if there are people we can talk to. If there aren’t, we’ll still pray.” Pray that: these believers would have good conversations with people in the coffee shops; they will be enabled to sensitively share something of their faith and the gospel. In some homes the television is on almost permanently. Since Arab women rarely leave the house, the television is like a window onto the outside world. Pray that it would be a ‘window’ to the truth, providing glimpses of God’s love. (WEC International - October 2014)
Mexico
The Purépecha: The Purépecha people, numbering about 62,000, live in the highlands of central Mexico. They are mainly unreached and have been resistant to the gospel. They have only the New Testament in their language. A small church is emerging. Pray that the hearts of the Purépecha would be softened by the many acts of love and kindness shown by those working amongst them and by those visiting as part of short-term teams. Pray that God will build His Church amongst the Purépecha.  (WEC International - September 2014)
Bulgaria
Trafficked for sex: Amongst the many problems facing the people of Bulgaria are stories of over 10,000 women being trafficked for sex every year. Several of Transform Europe Now’s partners in Bulgaria are working to help overcome the abuse of women. Ministries include offering women a shelter to escape abusive relationships, providing vocational training for gypsy girls, and distributing Christian magazines to women across Bulgaria. Please pray for the fruitfulness of this work – that women would be transformed as they experience the love of Jesus. Pray that attitudes towards women will change and that loving, nurturing relationships will become normality. Pray too that the sex trafficking trade will be stopped and that the vulnerable young girls will be reunited with family or given safe and healthy care. (Transform Europe Now - September 2014)
Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen
Reaching a digital generation: Using the power of media, believers from Muslim backgrounds are effectively sharing Christ across the Arab world. Today, more than 125 million individuals use the internet in the Arab world providing a platform for both men and women, with otherwise limited access to Christian resources, to study God’s Word. As a result, our media follow-up network encourages seekers to explore the gospel online and mentors believers through interactive Bible courses.  (Arab World Ministry of Pioneers - September 2014)