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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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.
Macedonia's migrants: Pray for WorldShare’s work with our long-term local Macedonian partners to help refugees and migrants trapped at Macedonia’s southern border with Greece, and northern border with Serbia. Thousands of people fleeing conflict in Syria have been unable to proceed across now-closed borders, thwarting their attempts to move towards their desired destinations further north and west in Europe. Pray for a quick and just resolution to the largest movement of displaced peoples in Europe since World War II.
(WorldShare - May 2016)
Wrong arrest: Peter was arrested during a police raid and put in prison to await trial. Unlike the majority of his fellow remandees, he has a copy of the sheet detailing the charges against him. However like many, Peter is unable to read so he wasn’t able to spot that the person named on the charge sheet as responsible for the offence is not him - just someone who has a similar sounding first name. Thankfully for Peter, LCF advocates were able to spot this and advise him on how to address the judge in order to secure his release. Pray for the ongoing work of liberation through LCF.
(Lawyers Christian Fellowship - May 2016)
Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
Safe outlets: It’s not everyday that you hear a strong declaration of faith in Christ from someone raised in a Muslim majority country. But Hosni contacted the media team via WhatsApp with this urgent request for spiritual support: “I believe that Jesus is God… I need to know more about Jesus and the Bible.” Pray that social media will continue to be a safe outlet for Muslims to seek Jesus.
(Arab World Ministry of Pioneers - May 2016)
Reducing leprosy stigma: Pray for The Leprosy Mission’s project in the Dosso and Tillabéri regions of Niger. Pray that TLM’s holistic approach will help to empower people affected by leprosy and other disabilities in those communities and that they will fully engage with the work. Give thanks for the awareness raising about leprosy disease that has already been carried out. This will help to reduce stigma and educate people on the need to come forward for early treatment to prevent disability.
(The Leprosy Mission England and Wales - May 2016)