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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.
Rob Scott of St Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, reveals how the church went about forming their church mission strategy
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Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain
Hidden casualties: There is an African proverb which says, “When elephants fight it’s the grass that suffers the most”. Where there is conflict it is always the most vulnerable, defenceless and innocent who suffer - often that means children. The on-going conflict in the Middle East and North Africa may no longer be taking centre stage in our news, but from Tunisia to Bahrain uprisings and political unrest continue to severely affect people’s everyday lives. In many of these countries, children were already struggling to get access to food, healthcare and education. The unrest is turning many children’s daily lives into a fight for their very survival. Pray that God would move powerfully to bring about peaceful resolutions to these conflicts and for Christians in the affected countries, and throughout the world, to speak out on behalf of the children who are suffering.
(Viva - March 2014)
Soccer ministry: Ricky*, who comes from a Muslim background, had promised his friends he would not become a Christian. However, after three encounters with God, he decided to give his live to Him and get baptised. “I have grown fast as a Christian,” said Ricky. “[Initially] it was difficult to be a Christian. I got a lot of injuries, troubles in my family, school and so on, but again, Jesus met me... He said, ‘Don’t worry about anything; I’ve taken all your worries to the cross.’” While on a retreat, Ricky sensed God calling him to soccer ministry. “Now, my dream is to travel around the world and tell the people about Jesus, and also to share my testimony with Him through soccer.” he said. Praise God for calling Ricky. Pray for wisdom and protection as he shares his faith. *Name changed.
(Operation Mobilisation - March 2014)
Hit and run: Friends of a popular Pakistani preacher killed by a hit-and-run driver suspect he may have been murdered because of his conversion from Islam. Rashid Mehmood, 33, came from a rich, influential Muslim family but turned to Christ in 2005. Though he trained as a lawyer, he decided to become a pastor and to preach the Gospel, despite strong opposition from his relatives. He was riding on a motorbike driven by another pastor friend on Boxing Day when a car began to chase them, then deliberately drove into them. He suffered serious head injuries and died later in hospital. Pray that God will comfort Rashid’s church and strengthen their faith so they will continue his ministry by reaching out with boldness and love to their community.
(Release International - March 2014)
Reaching Muslims: God is doing a new work in an English city where 25% of the population of this city are Muslims, with immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and North Africa. A small group of Christians who are committed to reach their Muslim friends with the gospel is regularly meeting to encourage each other, worship and pray together. Please pray for fresh vision to reach Muslims in the UK - for new strategies and resources and for more believers with a heart to reach them.
(YWAM - March 2014)