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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As darkness descends: As the sun sets and the darkness descends, fear of violence drives people off the streets of the CAR capital. More than 2,000 of them arrive at a theological college known as FATEB, where classrooms become dormitories for dozens of frightened people. In a year of conflict following a coup, thousands of people have been killed in the CAR and some 714,000 have been made homeless. Another 250,000 have fled to neighbouring countries such as Chad, Cameroon and Congo. Pray for an end to the violence and for the efforts to provide food and shelter for people living in fear.
(Tearfund - March 2015)
Guard, Guide and Grow: Three Ugandan policemen have become Christians in one village and the number of children raped each month has dropped by over 90% in another, thanks to safeguarding training written by BMS mission workers. Praise God for working through the Guard, Guide and Grow training, and pray for the policemen to have an ongoing impact on their village.
(BMS World Mission - March 2015)
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)
Argentina, Brazil, Peru
Cross-cultural training: There has been amazing numerical growth in the Evangelical Church in Latin America in the past 50 years, from around 23 million in 1970 to 228.5 million in 2010. There’s also been incredible growth in the Latin mission movement: there are now about 18,000 Latin American mission workers worldwide. Sadly, many return home before time due to lack of finance and inadequate training. Pray for organisations such as ProMETA, which is developing into an online university offering five Masters programmes to help give mission workers the tools to be successful in a cross-cultural situation.
(Latin Link - March 2015)