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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.
Ann Christian tells us some of her story of what mission partners and sending churches can do to keep their relationship strong over the years.
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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)
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)
Ruled by fear: Tajikistan is a mountainous, landlocked country in central Asia. Until the twentieth century there were no known Christians in the area. Now the Holy Spirit seems to be at work, and many believe that this is God's time for spiritual breakthrough in Tajikistan. A number of Tajiks have heard the gospel and believe, but fearing their families’ and communities' reactions they don’t acknowledge their decision to follow Christ. This greatly hampers the growth of the church and of those individual Christians who are ruled by fear rather than faith and perfect love. Give thanks that God is at work and pray for Christians living in this difficult situation.
(IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - September 2014)
Czech Republic, Romania
Prostitution: OM EAST is currently working on a new booklet to support ministries reaching out to women working in prostitution. When finished, it will be produced in Czech and Romanian, with other Central and Eastern European languages to follow. The booklet shares the testimony of a woman who turned to God for help as her life was falling apart. It’s a story of how God saved her, gave her hope and a new life. Stories like these play an important part in reaching out to women in red-light areas. Sarah* working in this ministry area sums up her hopes for the impact that these booklets will have: “May they tell each woman that they are not forgotten and that the Almighty God loves them and longs to help them.” *Name changed
(Operation Mobilisation - September 2014)