Mission at the heart of the church, the church at the heart of mission

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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
This is Our Story: The Philippines
A small group of churches in the Philippines is determined to be part of the Great Commission; whatever it takes - 5mins 45secs
Prayercast
A series of short videos to help pray for different countries around the world
Dried Up, Drowned out
Looking at the impact of changing climate on the lives of people in East Africa - 5mins 30secs
Tears of the Saints
Promoting mission to unreached people around the world, with a particular focus on Asia - 6mins 33secs

Recent articles

Link to Lausanne website paper: a background for mission in the UK amongst Hindus.
Ideas to show you care - from mission partners and others
Four suggestions to help your church care for your mission partners
Ann Christian
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.
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.

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)
Mexico
The Purépecha: The Purépecha people, numbering about 62,000, live in the highlands of central Mexico. They are mainly unreached and have been resistant to the gospel. They have only the New Testament in their language. A small church is emerging. Pray that the hearts of the Purépecha would be softened by the many acts of love and kindness shown by those working amongst them and by those visiting as part of short-term teams. Pray that God will build His Church amongst the Purépecha.  (WEC International - September 2014)
Pakistan
Gospel materials: In Pakistan, the gospel is available in various local languages and formats: Bibles, New Testaments and scripture portions; videos, DVDs and CDs; locally written booklets and tracts; Bible correspondence courses; radio programmes. Work goes on to produce more materials relevant to today’s society, in order that the only stumbling block should be the gospel itself and not the style of presentation. Pray for good audio and written materials, so that the gospel might ‘cut through’ to people’s hearts. As well as presenting the gospel well, these materials need to be widely circulated. Most people in Pakistan wouldn’t know where or how to get a Bible if they wanted one. Pray for: abundant seed-sowing; materials to be widely circulated; the gospel to be made known in all areas of Pakistan; for people to embrace the truth of the gospel and new life in Christ. (WEC International - September 2014)
Iraq
Terrible atrocities: You will have seen the terrible atrocities being committed against the Christian and Kurdish Yezidi peoples of northern Iraq. Thousands are suffering, and our hearts ache to stand with them and provide emergency services, supplies, prayers, and love for those in need. Working through our long-established local partner the Iraq Evangelical Church, aid supplies of food, water, medicines and blankets have already been channelled to refugees in cities such as Erbil. Please pray for the thousands who sought refuge in schools, building sites and other places where they can escape the heat. One Yezidi official fought back tears while expressing gratitude to Christians who have helped his people. (WorldShare - September 2014)