Blaine Packer experienced church planting in a post modern, post Christian location-Greece. A country in the news a lot lately because of the economic crisis but there is also a crisis of faith.
Ruth Kallman was immersed in Betel India for five weeks as her practicum placement. Spending time in two locations Gurgaon, Delhi and Dimapur, Nagaland exposed her to what God is doing through Betel. 24/7, living and working alongside residents who are either trying to overcome substance abuse or who have been affected by family members trapped in this lifestyle.
For nearly 15 years, The Democratic Republic of Congo has been torn apart by civil war, causing untold suffering leading to poverty, destruction of infrastructure and a collapsed economy. Rape and other sexual violence are prevalent. The death toll since 1998 has been estimated at 5.4 million. Most died of preventable and treatable diseases, brought on by internally displaced people living in overcrowded and unhygienic conditions.
Evan Davies after his visit there in February this year wrote:
Elaine and Shuichi share about a recent film showing they had recently, “We visited and wrote letters to those we have been building friendships with, some over years, some more recently. Praise God for a response from 8 of them! We were very conscious that not one of them would have been there, but for earnest prayer.”
Nope. That’s definitely in the too hard basket! Isn’t that where all the civil unrest and wars are happening?
The reality, however, is that most Arabs are hospitable and generous. Just imagine camping out and sharing with a Bedouin over a hot cup of tea in the desert.
One present vital need is helping the Syrian refugees who are still pouring into Jordan by the thousands. They are poor and live with almost nothing, often with simple mattresses on the floor and almost nothing else. They need food package, heating, blankets and medical care.
Clouds billow over mountains, surrounded by deep green sea. 'Land of the Sunrise' where God's love is rising.
On the 5th August 2010 something happened which caused the world to stop, take notice. The place was Ben Jose de Copiapo, Chile and 33 miners were trapped 700 metres underground. Media around the world focussed on this tragedy. Whatever food, water and air were in supply, these were unsustainable except for a short period of time. These 33 miners were in for a premature death and burial.
Questions could have been asked
• why should we try and rescue them?
• these tragedies happen
• it is all part of the occupational hazard
I mentioned a car to a friend today that was being sold for twenty two fifty. I knew what I meant. He couldn't believe how expensive it was - he could buy a new car for that!
The vision God gave WEC’s founder CT Studd was not just for Africa, but for the whole world. What would he have imagined the future of WEC to be, I wonder? Probably nothing like it actually is. The world mission scene has changed dramatically in the 100 years since WEC began. Receiving countries now send workers; the Gospel has penetrated into new areas and people groups; new ministries have begun and new technology has meant innovative methods of reaching people. In response to the leading of the Holy Spirit, WEC has changed and developed too. Here are some examples.
In just a few weeks, a new evangelistic thrust with WEC in Siam Reap grew from scratch to a weekly meeting of over a dozen people, of which six adults were baptised. How did it happen?
Luis Santos and his family are doing church planting alongside some other WEC missionaries who have started a school amongst the poor called the ‘Bridge of Hope’. Luis and the Cambodian teachers shared their testimonies with some of the parents and invited them to come back the following week if they wanted to hear more about God.
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