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.
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.
Planting churches: Although less than 1% of the population of France are considered to be evangelical believers this figure is growing and a new evangelical church is founded every 10 days. Yet there may be as many as 250 towns of over 10,000 people that has no evangelical church. Pray that God will be pleased to bless the vision of the National Council of Evangelicals in France (CNEF) whose goal is to have one church for every 10,000 of the population.
(France Mission Trust - April 2016)
the Juba slum: The Leprosy Mission’s work in South Sudan aims to improve communities' basic hygiene, sanitation and health, support the livelihoods of vulnerable groups, and improve access to education. They also advocate on behalf of people affected by leprosy, assisting them to work together to have a voice in matters affecting them. Pray that this will help to transform the lives of people affected and those in disadvantaged communities. In particular, pray for the work in Luri Rokwe leprosy community in Juba which is improving water and sanitation facilities and raising awareness about disability rights. Pray that this work, in a poor slum area of Juba, will help to bring the community together and rebuild lives. Pray also that children affected by leprosy and disabled children will be included in education.
(The Leprosy Mission England and Wales - January 2016)
The Basque people have been resistant: The Basque region stretches through northern Spain, across the Pyrenees and into France. An ancient people, the Basques have a highly distinctive culture and a unique language: Euskera. The Basques are proud of their culture and heritage, and fiercely independent.
Despite a tradition of Catholicism, Basques are often antagonistic towards the church. Young people, in particular, resent the Catholic church, and the great majority are either atheists or drawn towards New Age thinking.
Pray for a Spirit-inspired breakthrough among the Basques; that Jesus might be encountered in a powerful new way.
Pray for more workers who will be ready to serve and show the humility and love of Jesus to a proud and hurting people.
(WEC International - January 2016)
Church in Islamic State: Located just 30 kilometres from the Syrian border, the Protestant Church in Mardin, south-eastern Turkey, recently rang to the praises of a packed congregation some 55 years after persecution and migration forced its closure. The varied worship during the church dedication was a symbol of cooperation between churches of varied ethnic backgrounds. There was exuberant Evangelical praise, unaccompanied Syriac hymns, and worship in Kurdish accompanied by baglama guitar. Praise God for this rebirth, for the incredible witness of such hope and unity where churches have been bombed by so-called Islamic State (IS). Pray for growth and for ongoing service to the Mardin community.
(SAT-7 - January 2016)