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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.
How can the church reach the world if we all send people to the same places?
Latest prayer points
Fleeing their homes: Please pray for the world’s youngest country, South Sudan. Since violence erupted in December it’s been estimated that thousands have died and a staggering 600,000 have had to flee their homes leaving them incredibly vulnerable. Pray for the safety of the South Sudanese. The Archbishop of Canterbury, in a recent visit to the country, encouraged the South Sudanese to “plant trees of reconciliation” instead of “trees of bitterness”. Pray for leaders to find a new way, that Jesus would invade the culture, and for justice and mercy to rain down on this nation.
(Mission Aviation Fellowship UK - March 2014)
'Untouchables': One in three of the world’s poor is Indian. Most vulnerable of all these are within the Dalit community. The name ‘Dalit’ is used by India’s ‘untouchables’ and tribal peoples and means ‘crushed’ or ‘broken’. However, since OM’s involvement with the Dalit’s began in 2001, God has drawn large numbers to faith in Christ. Every day a growing number of Dalits find true spiritual freedom. Give thanks for this amazing and spontaneous move of the Holy Spirit.
(Operation Mobilisation - March 2014)
Under attack: In January we received this brief note from our friends working among the Kachin people who had just come under attack. “A total of six civilians were killed and buried in the village. One of them was mentally disabled and did not know he needed to run away. He was severely tortured and killed. The rest were not identified. They had already been buried and as the graves were being dug up for identification, we came under attack again. Houses and refugee camps were destroyed and damaged. Valuable materials were taken and the remaining materials and utensils including aid recently supplied, were destroyed. There are also unexploded mortars lying around the village which is very dangerous for the people.” We ask that you continue to pray for Burma - that political change would be genuine, lasting, and would filter down to remoter areas.
(AsiaLink - March 2014)
Scapegoats: Pray God’s peace over Christians in Egypt. They have been treated as scapegoats by supporters of the Morsi presidency, and have been attacked with apparent impunity. Pray for an end to the violence and political turmoil. Thank God that pastors whose churches have been attacked are working for reconciliation with their Muslim neighbours. Pray that God will bless these efforts and pray that other Christians too will have the courage to seek reconciliation, not retaliation.
(Release International - March 2014)