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Solar power brings light in the darkness: Eight tiny Ugandan towns have come alive at night thanks to a solar power project carried out by BMS World Mission team, turning the church into a place to socialise, study, relax and, of course, learn about God. Attendance and outreach in these solar panelled churches has grown by an average of about 88% in the last year and new friends include Catholics, Anglicans, Jehovah’s Witnesses and those of other or no faiths. Many go to charge their phones or study and while there they are introduced to Jesus Christ.
(BMS World Mission - November 2014)
Life-changing Sunday school: Having quality materials is vital for engaging and life-changing Sunday school teaching. Buena Tierra (Good Soil) is a response to the needs of both children and Sunday school teachers, making available easy-to-use, dynamic, Bible-based lessons and songs specifically designed for different age groups and culturally relevant to most Latin American countries. The material is used not only in Peru, but also Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador. It has opened teachers to new styles of teaching resulting in children across the region receiving exciting and life-changing Sunday school lessons.
(Latin Link - November 2014)
Perseverance of the persecuted: Mozambique is highly unevangelised but many from all faiths and regions are beginning to follow Christ. The Mwani people group are 99.9% Muslim and very resistant to the gospel. Committed to Islam, they are not afraid even to give up their jobs for their faith. For example, a group of bricklayers abandoned a construction project when they discovered that they were building a small church. The small team working among the Mwani are doing language study and learning the local culture. Despite freedom of religion, granted by law, persecution is a real threat for Christians. Pray that workers will have wisdom in the face of this. Pray also for more workers.
(WEC International - November 2014)
Progress for the poor: Over the last decade Tearfund’s partner Comisión de Acción Social Menonita (CASM) has been working with poverty-stricken communities in Honduras to bring the hope of a better future. CASM is improving education levels, providing vocational training for young people, reducing violence and helping the residents lobby the government for resettlement. It’s an ongoing struggle, but there are signs of progress. An agreement has been signed to relocate 179 families out of a riverbank slum community known as Los Bordos – although this is partly to make way for a new highway, and is taking time to implement. Pray that those in authority who are involved in the negotiation process will have the best interests of the residents at heart, and that many families will soon have a safer, healthier place to live.
(Tearfund - November 2014)