NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 will come into force on 6 April 2015, and we are very conscious that the changes imposed by the new Regulations will have implications for future access to NHS healthcare for mission partners.
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Pressure to conform: Malta is a popular holiday destination and tourism is the main source of income. It has a community-based culture with a lot of pressure to conform. Christians therefore have a hard time because others think that they have rejected their culture. Student ministry in Malta is just beginning but creative ways are being explored to reach out to students. For example, students were invited to post their questions to God on a wall on campus. The leaders are seeing the power of the gospel as they read the Bible with students in small groups. Students’ eyes are being turned from their own good works onto Christ's good work in their place and they are seeing that salvation, and the freedom that follows, comes through Christ alone.
(IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - March 2015)
Leprosy control: Give thanks for the leprosy control work being carried out in Mozambique, which will diminish the leprosy disease burden, prevent leprosy complications and ensure that people affected by leprosy will have access to quality diagnostic and treatment services. Pray that this will also help reintegration into mainstream society and improve quality of life for leprosy-affected people. Please pray that awareness about leprosy will be increased through the training of healthcare workers and through radio messages and other health education opportunities.
(The Leprosy Mission England and Wales - March 2015)
Way of Hope Baptist Church: Way of Hope Baptist Church in Tirana, Albania, celebrated its 20th anniversary in February. The church has come a long way since it was first planted by BMS World Mission in 1995. Its focus has been on encouraging Albanians to engage with the Christian faith after decades of enforced atheism came to an end in 1990, when the country’s communist regime collapsed. A football ministry that has attracted men to the church, a prison ministry and a young people’s outreach in a suburb on the outskirts of Tirana have all been part of its toolbox. Pray for the next 20 years of mission and ministry for Way of Hope Baptist Church and for the people of Albania to receive Christ into their hearts.
(BMS World Mission - March 2015)
Forgiveness, mercy and love: The brother of two of the 21 Coptic Christians murdered in Libya used live television to thank their killers for including the men's declaration of faith in the video of their execution. Christian channel SAT-7 ARABIC has become a mouthpiece for the families of the young men over the last six weeks since they were first abducted. Please pray that the martyrdom of these men will have significant impact on those who hear about it. Pray for their families as they display forgiveness showing the love and mercy of Christ in the face of persecution.
(SAT-7 - March 2015)