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  • Articles from the latest issue of Sphere magazine considering what your church can do to better support your mission partners
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  • 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.

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Inspiring mission videos

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
This is Our Story: El Salvador
Members of a church in El Salvador share how the church has become practically involved in mission - 5mins 28secs
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
Dried Up, Drowned out
Looking at the impact of changing climate on the lives of people in East Africa - 5mins 30secs
Prayercast
A series of short videos to help pray for different countries around the world

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.
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.
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.

Latest prayer points

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Discipling Christian students: St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a scenic multi-island state. It is predominantly a ‘Christian’ state where there is freedom of religious practice. However, many students have a lot of problems - broken families, low moral values, the carnival culture and easy availability of marijuana. ISCCF is a movement seeking to disciple Christian students there. Pray for new investment as the group seeks to establish a much-needed national leadership team and to put in place more role model leaders to challenge and encourage students. Pray too for students themselves, that they would be godly examples to those around them.  (IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - July 2014)
Iran
Corruption as a way of life?: Iran doesn’t do well on the Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International - in 2013 it ranked 144th out of 174 countries listed. However, Iranians don’t need this chart to tell them their country has a corruption problem as scandals have been headline news. With the state and Islamic charitable foundations making up about 80% of the economy, the opportunities for insiders to line their pockets are endless. Most Iranians conclude that corruption is a way of life and see it as one reason why their naturally rich country delivers such poor living standards to its citizens. The extent of corruption makes Jesus’ teaching against greed and for trusting God for daily needs even more attractive. Pray for corruption to be rooted out in Iran and for churches and Christians to be salt and light in this area of life, setting an example of honesty and generosity.  (Elam Ministries - July 2014)
Zambia
Improving access to education: Although children’s right to education is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, many children are denied that right. In Zambia, discrimination against those living with disability means that many disabled children do not have access to school. Praise God for the work of Wukwashi, an organisation working hard to improve access to education for such children. Recently, some of the children for who Wukwashi has found schools were interviewed in national TV about disabled children’s rights to education.  (The Bethany Children's Trust - July 2014)
Egypt
Drug abuse: Drug abuse is a big social issue facing Egypt. In Cairo, around 5% of the population are addicted to some form of drugs, equating to about a million people. Changing social structures in post-revolutionary society, urbanisation, and massive unemployment are all seen as factors. The porousness of Egypt’s borders and the security vacuum since the revolution have also contributed to the illicit drugs trade. The need for care and treatment of addicts is considerable, particularly as provision was recently described in one Egyptian news report as ‘woefully inadequate’. That’s bad news in a country where there are 34 million people aged between ten and 30, creating a big market for drugs and attracting the interests of cartels (according to the UN). Pray for the work of Christian ministries seeking to help Egyptians to break their addictions.  (Tearfund - July 2014)