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Join 7 days of prayer for Syrian refugees

The Syrian refugee crisis shows no sign of ending, but prayer can make a huge difference in resolving it. 
Around 11 million people – more than half the population of Syria – have been displaced by the civil war, each of them left traumatised and vulnerable by their ordeal. Along with practical demonstrations of the love of Christ, they need our prayers. 
The 7 Days of Prayer for Syrian refugees can be downloaded here

The resource is produced by Serving In Mission Ireland and partners.

Mission Africa's Sponsored Fast

Did you know that 2.5 million children in Nigeria suffer from malnutrition each year? Are you up for a challenge of going without food to save children from a life of hunger?

Mission Africa are excited to announce their 24 Hour Sponsored Fast happening on 5th October from 9:30PM to raise funds for our Child Sponsorship Programme. You can sign up for the Sponsor Pack here.

Mission Africa also invite you to join them at Town Square Cafe at 8PM to 9:30PM for a night of worship led by Mark J Byers. Throughout the night, you’ll hear stories, interviews and videos from both our sponsored children and their sponsors.

Freedom Sunday, 24th September 2017

God's plan to end slavery - begins with God's people 
Freedom Sunday is an invitation for churches everywhere to awaken and unite, so that we can be the generation that ends slavery for good.

On 24th September, you can provide a practical invitation for your church to actively join the fight and be part of God's plan. By taking part in Freedom Sunday, you will:

  • Share about the problem of slavery with your church
  • Teach about God's heart for justice and see slavery end
  • Present a real and effective solution to ending slavery in our lifetimes
  • Rally more people, uniting Christians across the nation and the world to join the fight through prayer and financial support

You can download Freedom Sunday resources from the IJM Website.

The Trio

Interserve have produced a TRIO of courses which aim to equip you and your church reach out to your Muslim neighbours more effectively. 

Friendship First is ​an interactive, non-specialist course in six-sessions. Friendship First helps Christians approach their Muslim friends with confidence by equipping them to be an effective witness to Jesus Christ.

Joining a church community is difficult for a believer from Muslim background. Joining the Family equips your church to welcome them so that they can be a significant and enriching part of the family.

More Muslims are coming to Christ around the world than ever before. Come Follow Me is a course specifically designed to help these new believers to become disciples of Jesus.

Find more about the courses here.

The Accessible Bible - NIrV

For many of us, reading the Bible is a simple, daily activity, but for millions of individuals with sight loss, learning disabilities or lower levels of literacy, accessing God’s Word can be a real struggle.

​To find out more please click here.

5 Beautiful Feet - a prayer campaign for 5 new Gospel workers for Central Asia

Please join People International in praying for and helping to find 5 Beautiful Feet in 2017 to start the journey to be sent as Gospel workers to Central Asia – the least reached region of the world, with half a billion people, yet less than half of one percent are Bible believing Christians.

“Why 5 beautiful feet? Are you looking for five people with only one foot? That’s a bit niche.” People International ar looking for five individuals, five couples or five families no matter how many actual feet they have in total. It just matters that any feet they have match up to the Romans 10:15 brief “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

'Back to School with God' - a free resource for churches

A Back to School with God Sunday is an opportunity for churches to pray for and support the school community at the start of a new year. Take a look at this year's resources at www.suni.co.uk/schools/withGod

It explores the story of Solomon, a WISE KING who KNOWS GOD, KNOWS HIMSELF and who PLEASES GOD.

These resources are intended to inspire prayer for schools, encourage Christian pupils and staff in their daily life and challenge them to live out their faith.

Kairos course at the Castle

God's heart is for every nation, tribe, people and language.

In June 2017, the Kairos course took placed at the Castle, in Castlewellan. Participants learnt through scripture, history, what God is doing today and explored how they might reflect God's heart for the nations in their lives.

The next Kairos Course will be held in Autumn at Belfast Bible College.

For information on Kairos go to www.simplymobilising.org.uk/5-courses/kairos.

You can discover more about the kairos course on at www.kairoscourse.org

Praying for Muslims

Over the past 25 years, millions of Christians have joined together across denominations and cultures to pray in over 23 languages for Muslims during Ramadan using the 30 DAYS OF PRAYER guide.

The Bible says: 'But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved.' Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)

Motivated by God’s great love and mercy, followers of Jesus have the privilege of praying for others to be made alive in Christ. Using the guides to pray daily for Muslims also deepens compassion and increases understanding about Muslim people groups.

Join the prayer movement and order the 30 DAYS OF PRAYER guide here.

East Africa Crisis Appeal

Famine has already been declared in parts of South Sudan, and Somalia is likely to experience famine this year. Parts of Kenya and Ethiopia are rapidly heading towards crisis stage.

Extreme drought conditions, often worsened by conflict, have left millions on the brink of starvation and it will only get worse if we don’t act quickly.

Tearfund are providing malnutrition treatment for approximately 50,000 mothers and children in South Sudan, as well as food support and clean water to thousands of others in South Sudan and Somaliland. Our teams in Ethiopia and Kenya have been helping communities cope better with the challenges of drought and have plans to respond to this crisis as soon as funding is available.

Tearfund has launched an immediate response to do more and we’re part of the national DEC appeal, an initiative that brings together 13 leading UK charities in times of crisis.

Please give and pray now for people suffering in East Africa.

Final words of a dying Saviour

What significance do the seven last statements of Christ on the cross have?

Do you know what the statements are?

Have you ever thought about their impact on your life today?

GoodSeed dive into the Bible to discover the answer to those questions.

Please read Good Seed blog

Good News for Syria

"The  news about him (Jesus) spread all across Syria." - Matthew  4:2

Frontiers Ireland recently partnered with the Methodist Missionary Society in Ireland (MMSI) to develop the 'Good News For Syria' - a prayer and discipleship resource for individuals, churches and small groups.

The core components of this resource are as follows:

  • ​30 Day Prayer Guide for Syria (focusing on its cities and 6 unreached people groups)
  • Study Guide (with 4 Bible studies)
  • A DVD with short video introductions to each of the four studies, one on the country of Syria with a voiceover by David Blevins (Sky TV's Ireland correspondent), and other helpful prayer videos.

​To find out more please click here.

The Bible-a-month Partnership

Millions of people still wait for the Bible. Poverty, illiteracy, hearing or visual impairment, or social restraints stop people having the copy of God’s Word that they long for. You can help change this!

The Bible-a-month Partnership with Bible Society NI is a great way to play a part in the spread of the Gospel all over the world. By praying and giving as little as £5 a month someone somewhere will receive God’s Word.

When you become a Bible-a-month partner you will receive a free calendar. Each month will tell you about a Bible Society project and how your prayers and gifts can help. Through the year you will have the chance to support 12 projects in different countries all over the world.

If you would like to join this amazing partnership and receive your free calendar get in touch with Bible Society NI on 028 9032 6577 or info@bsni.co.uk.

Why does mission matter?

Stranmillis CU students say why they think mission matters.

Update from HealthLink360 Northern Ireland

Having established our medical and psychological services for Missionaries, Christian leaders and Humanitarian workers in Northern Ireland we have been spending time in planning and considering how we develop our service provision and raise awareness of our services further. We are now delighted to announce that we have appointed a Development Manager – Mary McNeely. With an extensive background in HR and Project Management, both in Christian and secular organisations, Mary also brings a wealth of experience and interest in supporting those in Christian Mission and Ministry and will be a real asset to our team. Working from our counselling premises in Bangor, her main focus will be on building relationships with Agencies, churches and other organisations who use our services and engaging with those who do not yet use our services.

Coffee for a Cause

Put on a UFM Coffee for a Cause event for your friends or church. Spread the word about what God is doing in world mission through UFM. Contact the Belfast office, enquiries@ufm.org.uk, to receive a pack containing everything you need including posters, invites, literature and a short video and powerpoint to introduce the work. Visit the UFM Facebook page for more information.