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  • Articles from the latest issue of Sphere magazine considering what your church can do to better support your mission partners
  • Articles from Sphere magazine, considering how to go about improving your church mission strategy
  • A free resource with articles written for people considering long-term involvement in mission and a directory of organisation to contact

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.

Resourcing churches

Inspiring mission videos

Secret Children
Highlighting the plight of children in countries where Christians are persecuted - 5mins 56secs
North Korean testimony
An 18 year old Christian from North Korea sharing her testimony at the Lausanne Congress at Cape Town in 2010 - 8mins 41secs
Tears of the Saints
Promoting mission to unreached people around the world, with a particular focus on Asia - 6mins 33secs
Lost
Unapproachable, untouched, untouchable, disconnected. These are all words and descriptions given for yet another word: Unreached - 5mins 22secs
This is Our Story: Slovakia to Thailand
The story of Eva, a Slovakian missionary to Thailand, where she helps to support Bible translation work - 5mins 32secs

Recent articles

Link to Lausanne website paper: a background for mission in the UK amongst Hindus.
Four suggestions to help your church care for your mission partners
An article examining how as a UK church we might better equip our mission partners not just to survive, but to thrive in their situations overseas.
Ideas to show you care - from mission partners and others
Tim Herbert, Syzygy
Tim Herbert talks to us about how churches can maximise the effectiveness of their mission partners and prevent them from returning prematurely.

Latest prayer points

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)
Chile
Outreach to homeless people: Every Tuesday and Thursday, students from the Intensive Mission Training in Chile visit a day centre for homeless people in Recoleta, an area of the country’s capital Santiago. For two months straight, the team taught English classes in the centre by singing English Christian worship songs every Thursday. A man named Gabriel came to the classes. His English was quite good, as he has picked up many words through watching films in English. On the second Thursday, Gabriel shared a poem he had written using words that he had learnt the previous week; it was a poem about God’s love for us. One of the students shared how her surprise at discovering that Gabriel had really understood the message had reminded her of Ephesians 3:20-21. She concluded: “Praise be to God that He does more than we could ever imagine!" (Operation Mobilisation - September 2014)
Philippines
22 storms a year: Imagine going through 22 tropical storms each year, a couple of which are capable of flattening your home and even submerging it with water. This is what most Filipinos have been going through year after year for the last five years. Whatever the causes of this trend, people suffer, many die, children are orphaned and even complete families are wiped out by the storms. Pray for the work of organisations trying to help alleviate the suffering of people who have lost loved ones, their homes and their livelihood. Pray that the lives of those who receive help will be changed for the better - for now and for eternity.  (Emmanuel International - September 2014)
Cuba
Million Bible Mission: Cuba has seen unprecedented church growth in recent years. According to estimates, the evangelical church is currently growing at a rate of 10-25% per year in the country. While the island nation has a number of seminaries, a significant number of lay leaders have had little or no Bible training, and many believers do not own a copy of the Bible, forcing them to share. In response to this need, UBS (comprising some 146 Bible Societies worldwide) has joined with the Bible Commission of Cuba to launch a campaign called the ‘Million Bible Mission’. The goal is to provide 1 million Bibles for Cubans as well as resources and leadership training to support the growing church. (Reach Beyond - September 2014)