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Salvation Through An Asian Tea Shop

H* was born in an Orthodox Muslim family in South Asia, writes the Faith2Share contact there. He followed the customs and rituals of Islam but his mind was not at peace. He admitted to having a bad character which made him concerned about what would happen to him after death. At times he drank and smoked to drown out his worries. One day H* was given a book by a young man he met in a tea stall....

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BORN

BORN Christian Church (a member of Faith2Share) is reaching out to mostly Hindu-background people and Dalits in Bihar, one of the poorest states in North India. Bihar was once known as the "graveyard of missions" but now the faithful service of generations of missionaries is bearing fruit as large numbers respond to the Gospel of Christ. A group of new believers recently travelled to Bihar from the neighbouring state where there is more restriction on following Christianity and they were...

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God Speaks Even When We Sleep!

Michael’s calling came in 2012 when he accompanied his youth team to Provincial Youth and Children’s ministry conference in Botswana. One of the children’s ministry teachers was giving a report on how they were doing in Zimbabwe. This captured Michael’s heart and he often felt troubled at night as he heard a voice in his room asking him what he had done to spread the gospel. Even after he went back home, the voice kept coming back to him, especially...

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​God's moving people

"When the Chinese come to my country in Africa we see them as 'thieves' coming to steal or jobs and our natural resources, but that is not how God sees them", commented one of the African delegates as the Faith2Share Leadership Consultation this week. During a session focused on the significance of China for mission today conversation moved rapidly to the ways in which migration opens up new opportunities for faith-sharing. We do not need to go to China to...

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Living To Share Faith

Faith2Share's Global Leadership Consultation, is now in full swing. 70 mission leaders from many different mission agencies around the world have gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to encourage each other and explore how they can work together to make whole-life disciples of Jesus Christ.Addressing a retreat for senior mission leaders, Bishop Hwai Teik Ong suggested that gospel ministers can often place fidelity in mission before intimacy with God. Activity is therefore reduced simply to work rather than being an expression...

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Hope Dawns As The Floods Subside

‘We are here to offer this support from the church to everyone, regardless of creed.’ The community workers had come with vital supplies of rice to help those affected by the terrible floods in Nepal. Many people were experiencing hardship, without food or clothes. The local community’s misconceptions about the church were broken down by this act of compassion. Sometimes it is difficult to understand how God is at work in the context of natural disasters but two local families...

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Discovering The Polite God

Paul was from a non-Christian family but, when his schoolteacher explained the basics of the Christian faith, he was struck by Jesus Christ’s forgiveness for those who crucified Him. This lesson, given by a nominal Christian as part of a history course, was the beginning of an amazing journey of faith. Jesus was not threatening or unpredictable; rather, He was loving and polite.As Paul pondered what he was learning about the God of Jesus Christ, he decided to engage in...

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A Borehole and a breakthrough

A mission leader with Faith2Share member NAMS network recently wrote a remarkable report about their ministry in India, combining compassionate development work and supernatural breakthrough.The ministry team had completed a borehole several months earlier. As a result, attitudes in the village changed towards local Christians. Persecution decreased, church members had more opportunities to share their story and a large number of people came to church.N* had been practising witchcraft and people travelled long distances for his occult services. His house...

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A Bright Light and A Little Girl

R* lives in a rural village in northern India, where he runs a small shop. He wanted to know the one, true God. He went to many temples, mosques and other religious places in search of the living God. But he never found Him, nor did he find satisfaction in his spirit. He had a dream of a shining light appeared in his room saying, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’ The light disappeared and he awoke...

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Shouting for Joy

Aaiza's* husband was in a rage. He held her up against the wall and pressed a knife into her throat. Afterwards she realised she couldn’t speak - he had damaged her vocal cords. Four months later she was still mute. Then she had a dream, about someone she had met once in church when she was registering for aid. She felt God was telling her to go and see this person. So she knocked on the door of the church...

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Restoring Fatherhood in Rwanda

Many Rwandans are still suffering from the legacy of the genocide with widespread trauma, depression and a large number of widows and orphans. However, as Bishop Emmanuel Ngendahayo of Byumba Diocese recently explained on a visit to our office, the Church is at work building hope and restoring families.Rwandan women are often responsible for collecting firewood, carrying water and caring for children while the male members of the community fail to play an active role. The Fathers’ Union has been...

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Growing the Next Generation in Tanzania

With almost half a billion children in Africa, the future of the African church is dependent upon teaching the gospel faithfully to this generation. Andy Bennet of Faith2Share member CMS Australia is involved in an exciting initiative to teach the Bible to thousands of secondary students in Tanzania.Half the population of Tanzania is under the age of fifteen. Christianity is growing but there is an urgent need for faithful Bible teaching. Young Tanzanians are increasingly influenced by secularism and misguided...

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Focus on Discipleship in North India

" As we look around our churches here in North India we are painfully aware of how much we have failed to help our people to be disciples." confessed the Moderator of the Church of North India (CNI) at the opening of last week's Faith2Share consultation with the CNI in Delhi, India. Bishop Pradeep Kumar Samantaroy went on to welcome the initiative of the global Anglican Communion for a nine year focus on "Intentional Discipleship". In his opening address he...

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Senior Official Baptised, Accused, Vindicated, Promoted

A senior official in a ‘closed’ Asian country* faced a challenge beyond his political influence: his daughter was losing her sight and the doctors could do nothing for her. Then a man in white robes appeared to her: ‘You will get better and attend two art schools.’ The official reflected that the ‘man in white robes’ sounded rather like Jesus. The daughter got her sight back and, just as the man in white had told her, attended two art schools....

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International Provision Through a Basket of Vegetables

A couple from a poor Mexican context work for a Faith2Share member in the Middle East. Recently, they were worried about their supervisor’s visit because they lacked the money to show him around properly. Out of the blue they received a mobile phone message, ‘Check your bank account’. They were amazed to find a deposit which exactly covered their needs. God’s provision had come about through humbling sacrifice thousands of miles away. God had spoken to an old woman scraping...

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Witchcraft Doesn't Work!

‘We think witchcraft doesn’t work!’ said local people who had been seeking to oppose the ministry of a Faith2Share member movement through witchcraft. In this area which is, at most 1% Christian, the gospel work had developed when men from the community said, ‘We would like to hear more teaching about God. Are you going to stay and teach?’ In addition, the community lacked local schools: ‘Our children don’t go to school. Will you bring a school to our area?’...

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Fabric of Dreams - Ecuador

Just outside the city of Quito, Ecuador, is Carmen Bajo, a small, low-to-no-income area. An education centre serves the community and here Leah Darling (Faith2Share member SAMS) has found her vocation teaching sewing to local women.‘Those I taught shared their dreams and passion to start their own business one day,’ said Leah. ‘My students had little to no sewing skills when we began, but by the end of the seventh week, each one walked away with a bag that they...

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Community Transformation in Kenya

Imagine going to a school without books, pencils or a desk. This is what Lucy Chaves of Faith2Share member SAMS USA witnessed at Uymoa School in Kenya two years ago. ‘It was the worst-performing school in the region,’ she said. The students were in tattered clothes and went to school without breakfast or lunch. But Lucy knew the Lord was calling her to help. Farmers in the local community were mobilised and a feeding programme developed to provide lunch for...

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Loving Words for a War-Torn Country

‘We need to respect others and approach them sensitively, ready to listen but always ready to share the unique reality of Jesus Christ’, said one of the participants of this week’s Faith2Share Whole-life discipleship consultation in Sri Lanka. On an island with bitter memories of the recent civil war nobody wants to rock the boat but they also have a story to tell about God’s power to change situations. That story needs to be told with sensitivity so that Buddhist,...

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Latin America largest Christian continent

2014 was the year when Latin America became the largest Christian continent, passing Europe (including Russia) for the first time.* However, Africa is predicted to take first place and by 2050 Asia will also have overtaken Europe.This means that in 2017 65% of the Christian family lives in the "Global South" and by 2050 this will rise to 76%. This statistic underlines very clearly the vital importance of the work we are engaged in through the Faith2Share network to strengthen...

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Apprenticeship: Gateway to Ministry

Faith2Share member iServe Africa runs a leadership development programme for new graduates. At the heart of this programme is apprenticeship: a model of training which aims to help young Christians develop a deeper understanding of the gospel, mission and ministry through placements in a church or Christian organisation.Peter Muturi Kimotho is a second year apprentice at St Helen’s Church in London and he reflects on his time with iServe.The iServe apprenticeship has, he says, completely changed his view of life...

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Wounds that heal

It is not only in the first century that Christians were stoned for their faith. A missionary of Faith2Share member agency Mekane Yesus International Mission Society (MYIMS) in Ethiopia was recently stoned and then imprisoned when a family he had befriended came to faith in Jesus. But the story does not end there. After the stonning some of the members of the mob regreted what they had done. The missionary was recovering at the church after his attack and time...

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Building Bridges Around Campfires

North America has an astounding 361 unreached people groups and a Faith2Share member agency is working with one of these communities. K.* told us how she had been spending time with immigrants who own a local shop. K.’s friend S.* now trusts her enough to leave her with the shop while she runs errands. K. was fascinated to see how her friend opened up to her on a visit to a lakeside holiday home. As they sat around the campfire...

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Pray for Growth - And God Will Answer!

Faith2Share supports mission leaders around the world, working through collaboration to help increase their effectiveness in disciple-making. It was exciting to meet Rev. Capt. Patience Wanzala, Principal of Carlile College, Kenya at our offices this week and to hear about how God has developed her leadership capacity.Patience’s first appointment at Carlile College was as a tutor. Then, in 2015, she became Dean of Studies, responsible for helping her students develop into the leaders God wants them to be. While in...

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50 Years and Thousands Transformed

Faith2Share joins our Indian member Friends Missionary Prayer Band (FMPB) in praising God for His faithfulness over 50 years!On 9 June 1967 five brave pioneers began their ministry in Periyamalai (Dharmapuri District), marking the beginning of this indigenous mission movement.Writing on the golden anniversary FMPB President John Samuel thanked the Lord, ‘for this God-ordained movement, which has raised thousands of believers … across India … This is an occasion to celebrate that the Lord has enabled us to establish more...

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Love and Kindness Replace Violence in Cambodia

‘I had never known how to care for my children before. But now I feel they are very important and need great care. Previously, I had been violent but today I am making a change – from now on love and kindness must prevail.’ This statement came from one of the fathers at a Parenting Workshop run by Faith2Share member Asian Outreach Cambodia (AOC). ‘Along with the sixty parents in Tameng Village, we prayed laughed and enjoyed each other’s...

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Interview with Archbishop Justin

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was interviewed by Faith2Share member Church Mission Society member Church Mission Society interviewed Archbishop Justin about Thy Kingdom Come - a global wave of prayer for more people to come to know Jesus. The campaign stretches from Ascension to Pentecost (25 May to 4 June).What’s the vision for Thy Kingdom Come?After Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples went to Jerusalem and prayed for the coming of the Holy Spirit. The vision behind Thy Kingdom Come...

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Every church that does not do mission must close

The recent Francophone Africa Consultation (CRAF 2017) provided ample evidence that God is challenging the church to commit herself more deeply to mission and discipleship in francophone Africa. Faith2Share was delighted to be represented there by Captain Timothy Mazimpaka (Church Army), who reported on the following highlights:Mission in the Local Church (Younoussa Djao)Mission is what God does to bring human beings to Himself. Every church that does not do mission must close. The purpose of man in God’s mission agenda...

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Doctors’ strike in Kenya ended through church arbitration

Kenya’s health system was paralysed by a 100-day strike by doctors over pay and conditions. The government was unable to resolve the dispute and a trusted intermediary was required so the church was called in to arbitrate. Both the Anglican Church of Kenya and the Catholic Church played a vital role in bringing about a solution, explained Rev. John Mark Oduor, Provincial Director of Missions for the Anglican Church of Kenya, during today’s visit to our offices.Rev. Oduor told us...

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Gift of Life Empowers Kurdish Christians

Working against a backdrop of civil unrest and religious persecution, a team of Bible translators has completed the first ever translation of the whole Bible into the Central Kurdish Sorani language. Joel and Ruth Hammond*, mission partners with Faith2Share member Church Mission Society, have been part of the translation team for the last eight years.Now six million native Sorani speakers will be able to hear and read the Bible in their own language for the first time. The whole translation...

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The Fruit of Faithfulness

One of the joys of the Faith2Share network is to hear inspiring stories from our members and partners, who often work in some of the most challenging locations. Last week Bisoke Balikenga (pictured with Nicki, Faith2Share Administrator), visited our office and told us about his ministry in Eastern Congo, especially in the areas of peace-building and the empowerment of women and young people. It was humbling to hear how Bisoke, a local partner of Faith2Share member Church Mission Society, is...

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What Value A Life?

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in March, three members of the public and one policeman were killed in Westminster, London. At almost exactly the same time 237 people, most believed to be civilians, died when the US-led coallition bombed a building in al-Jadida, a western suburb of Mosul, and neighbouring areas, in Iraq. The number of people who died of starvation and drought in East Africa and from conflict in South Sudan and DR Congo on that Wednesday is not...

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The Cost of Discipleship in Egypt

The cost of following Christ in the Middle East and North Africa was once more underlined with the savage bombing on Sunday of Coptic Christians in Egpyt. Two separate explosions targeted St George’s Coptic church in Tanta and St Mark’s Coptic church in Alexandria on a day when worshippers were celebrating the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The BBC reported that as many as 44 people were killed in the attacks, including several police officers.In a statement Bishop...

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Whole-life disciples in Sri Lanka

Still recovering from a civil war, Sri Lanka is in need of disciples who follow Christ in every area of their life. Following very successful consultations in North India and Nepal, Faith2Share has been invited by local Christian leaders to bring our tried-and-tested discipleship programme to Sri Lanka.‘We don’t just make converts and leave them but we should also ensure that they are disciples.’ Depth Discipleship Participant, Ghana'From now, I will focus on a few people and model them after...

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Global Outreach Day

In Ghana, 741,150 people professed faith in Christ.In the Dominican Republic people were healed of Aids.In Nepal the national team was prepared for action even before the earthquake came.All this - and much more - happened on one day, the Global Outreach Day, an event which is organized on the last Saturday in May every year.This year more than 8 million Christians have already committed to sharing the gospel on 27 May 2017. In the past, 25 million Christians have...

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Dignity through tailoring

Married at fourteen to an eighteen-year-old, Rai lives in the slums by the Bagamati River. She was among five women who enrolled in a tailoring training programme started by Faith2Share member the National Mission Commission of Nepal. After her husband met with a serious accident on a building site, only Rai’s father-in-law is currently able to work, which is a real challenge for this family of seven. Rai says, ‘I want to learn tailoring and start a small shop...

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Just do it !

A member of Faith2Share member movement Mahabba Network International writes, "I was visiting with a family of Syrian refugees who had come to the UK on the government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme from refugee camps in the Middle East. They were one of the first refugee families in our area, helping those who came after them to settle. In the process, they’ve become central figures in the resettled community. Many local Mahabba members have helped them along the...

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Muslims drawn to Jesus through prayer

Taking the Gospel out onto the streets can be an uncomfortable prospect but, for eight years, a small team from our church in Harrow has been praying for healing and sharing the gospel with our neighbours. We set up Healing on the Streets out of a sense of urgency as we realised that what we did in the building would not touch the majority of people walking past. If they would never come in, we needed to get...

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Corn, Prizes and Sunday School

Lun Sokly starts her day by riding her old bike to school. Sokly lives in Cambodia with her 65 year-old grandmother while her parents work in Thailand. Sokly earns $1 per day peeling the skin off corn but she is passionate about her schoolwork. Every month she wins a prize and is top of her class (year 9 or eighth grade). Sokly wants to be a teacher when she grows up: ‘I love children and want them to avoid drugs....

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First Arab Anglican Bishop for North Africa

In a moving ceremony at All Saints Cathedral, Cairo, on 27 February, Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis consecrated Rev. Samy Fawzy Shehata as the first Arab Anglican area bishop for North Africa.Bishop Samy succeeds Bishop Bill Musk, who had presided over the diocese encompassing Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya since 2008.The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, sent his congratulations and praised the Diocese of Egypt for its role as a bridge between Muslims and Christians as well as between the various Christian...

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Soaking Up God’s Word Like a Dry Sponge

‘I’ve been waiting my whole life to hear this!’ exclaimed Mika, clapping her hands, when she read in the Bible about God’s unconditional love.Mika had hit rock bottom when she first stepped through the doors of the church in Japan. She had grown up in a household with domestic violence, leaving her with no real sense of ‘home’. Her own marriage had failed and her strict Buddhism left her feeling lost and guilty.All Mika knew about the Christian faith was...

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Dentistry and Forest Conservation – What’s the Link?

Romanna gives discounted dental treatment to people in an East Asian rain forest provided they agree to stop logging. In this way, the NGO co-founded by Romanna promotes both the poor villagers’ healthcare and their natural resources – the precious forest. Romanna is committed to caring for the whole person and has used this opportunity to show God’s love amongst the Muslim villagers. This is just one of four Asian women in mission profiled by Lee Loun-Ling (pictured) of...

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Donkey Work for God

‘I’ve learnt that missionary work is not just about preaching and teaching the Bible alone’ says Okiki of Faith2Share member iServe Africa, ‘There is also donkey work i.e. weeding, spraying crops, tilling the land, sowing, repairing punctures, etc., to instil a work ethic into the community … Here, work is viewed as a bad thing and the men would rather sit down under a tree for the whole week, playing the same games.’Okiki therefore models hard work to demonstrate the...

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Planting Seeds of Peace in South Asia

Adam was visiting a village in South Asia when he noticed something unusual. Adam was giving out sweets to the local children and a young girl was making sure that the younger ones also had their share. This is counter-cultural behaviour where the attitude tends to be, ‘If it comes to you, God gave it. Take it.’ Surprised, Adam asked the girl why she was sharing.‘I learned it in my school,’ she replied.‘How?’ he asked.‘It is in the teachings of...

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The Joy of Reading

'I am happy to have discovered this centre to learn to read and write' says a grateful graduate from a Congolese literacy centre. 'I can now read the Bible and understand the word of God in order to grow spiritually. I am trying to convince others to learn to read and write because it is important for social and spiritual life. Besides, it was through that literacy centre that I received Jesus as Lord and Saviour because we are taught...

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Victims of Rape in D.R. Congo Find Comfort

'I was raped by militiamen and then rejected by my husband and family.' said one of many female victims of sexual violence in D.R. Congo. 'The training I received in tailoring has helped me to take control of my situation. I praise God for the spiritual comfort I received through local Christians. Now I feel more at ease because I am stable both spiritually and economically. Even without the support of a husband and wider family, I am able to...

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The Workplace is My Pulpit

Titus Oludotun Kumapayi of Faith2Share member Church of Nigeria Missionary Society writes, 'In 1991, during a training session at Haggai Institute in Singapore, I had the conviction not to take church ordination but to sit at my architectural table and use my training for evangelism, soul winning and discipleship. So in my office each day began with 30 minutes of prayer and Bible exposition. As the fellowship grew, some of the staff members came to me seeking counsel about their...

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Healing for Victims of Violence in D.R. Congo

It is well known that The Democratic Republic Congo has witnessed terrible armed conflict in recent years. But it is not generally understood that violence against women and girls, exacerbated by the fighting, has continued even after the end of hostilities.Sadly, some elements of traditional culture facilitate violence against women but Christians are involved in bringing hope and healing to victims.The Centre of Non-Violence for Reconciliation and Peace (CNVRP), a department of the Anglican Church in Congo, has organized training...

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Collaboration Key to Miraculous Transformation

'When our team first went to share the gospel with the people of Godo, Dankpen in Togo, the local people kept their distance' writes Ngozi of Faith2Share member Church of Nigeria Missionary Society. ‘A number of young people, however, came to listen and ask questions and 44 of them came to faith. They were mostly subsistence farmers. The men wore dirty, torn clothing while the women and children were virtually naked most of the time. They now testify to God’s...

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New hope for children at risk

“She is lost”“He is frightened”“They were beaten”“We were raped”Can you imagine how the parents must have felt when their children had been trafficked? Akhil had already been trafficked once. At the age of 15, he had left with an uncle to work in a bag factory in a distant city. He had been locked in a factory, expected to work 12-14 hour days, not fed enough and had suffered beatings. After 6 months, he had escaped without being paid a...

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How God opened my eyes to the poor

"For 20 years I had seen the same poverty in India," writes John, a Christian worker in India, "people living without shelter, clothes, shoes or food. The government does not provide but I was no better. Then, one morning, I opened my Bible and God took me by surprise. God spoke to me about caring for the poor and deprived. After that, I saw them everywhere I went because God had opened my eyes. I went to talk to them...

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Tourist Attractions and Gospel Opportunities

On a recent trip with friends to a well-known tourist attraction in India, M.*, a good friend of Faith2Share, began an interesting conversation with their Muslim driver. Their talk turned to faith and the driver shared his knowledge about Islam very enthusiastically. After listening to him quietly for a while, M. said, ‘You are extremely knowledgeable and I have perhaps learned some things from you today. But listen! God created us out of mud and breathed life into us so...

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Impossible Dream, Surprising Partnership

Karen* was drawn to mission from a very young age. She began to pray for an unreached people group at a student mission conference – the B* people. But how could the gospel ever reach these nomadic sheep herders? She prayed for them but it seemed like an impossible dream.Karen got married and began raising children but did not stop praying for the nomads God had put on her heart. She continued to pursue her interest in missions and attended...

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Working Hand In Hand

‘We need a youth leader for our church plant. We don’t have anyone available, and we wanted to know if David would be interested.’ asked Isabelle Wen, the pastor’s wife. ‘I was very interested indeed!’ says OMF’s David Jansen. He was thrilled to have the opportunity of working with a brand new group of mostly non-Christian young people.The youth group started and the atmosphere was … well … completely unstable at first. Weekly incidents included swearing, yelling, and even, occasionally,...

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Uncommon Grounds for Hope

The John’s* frustration was evident as he told his side of the story at the Uncommon Grounds café in Pennsylvania, writes Herb Bailey. He had used force against his girlfriend in a way he knew was wrong and had been put on probation. As he spoke, John calmed down and Bailey began to go beyond judging to understanding him – John’s lack of a role model in childhood but his desire to do better for his own children.Bailey met John...

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Christian Care for Migrants in Russia

Migration is a hot issue for politicians and societies around the world but Christians in many countries are showing practical compassion to immigrants. Every year large numbers of men from Central Asia move to Russia to find temporary work and support their families back home. These men often feel isolated but Russian Christians are caring for them and sharing the good news about Jesus. Pray that this work will be endorsed and strengthened at the Congress of Evangelical churches in...

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Have mission agencies adapted to the new realities?

The old ‘from the West to the rest’ model has given way to mission ‘from anywhere to everywhere.’ This is the scene set by Eldon Porter in a recent article for OMF International. There has been explosive growth in the majority world church, which is finding its own expressions of worship, community and mission and, ‘working in partnership is the norm.’ The global diaspora movement is a growing phenomenon, requiring a greater level of collaboration between agencies for effective ministry....

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An Unlikely Leader Emerges in Cambodia

Faith2Share and our members know the importance of Christian leadership and we were thrilled to read a recent report from Faith2Share member Asian Outreach Alliance (AOA) about their work with a local man in Cambodia. As a quiet and softly spoken middle-aged man, Yan Bunsan is not a typical Christian leader in his rural village. He wanted to get involved in ministry, but most of his peers said he was too quiet. Yan Bunsan was very disappointed but instead of...

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The Word of God bears fruit in India

An indigenous mission in West Bengal has recently distributed more than 2,000 bibles in the local language and now has 1,000 new contacts and 12 new preaching centres. They are reaching many rural villages which have no Christian witness. The mission, which has been in contact with Faith2Share for a number of years, and whose director has participated in our Leadership Consultations is also committed to holistic mission and has already set up 10 education and development centres for...

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Christian Care for Children in Myanmar

Faith2Share has contact with many Christian workers who quietly serve others in practical witness to Christ. In Myanmar, many tribal parents lack the resources to take care of their children’s basic needs. Rev. Martin Lalthangliana and Salai Manaai Cheng are just two of the local Christians who have responded by looking after these tribal children and giving them opportunities which they could otherwise never have experienced. Some of the children are cared for in purpose-built facilities while others are even...

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African Mission Thinkers Gather in Nairobi

Faith2Share’s Timothy Mazimpaka brought together a number of missionary practitioners and thinkers in Nairobi recently to consider theological frameworks for African mission. Dr. Aila Tasse underlined the need to empower church plants in pioneer contexts and discussed the influence of the fear of ‘the other’. Duncan Olumbe gave a historical overview of mission in Africa and posed the question of how current African mission should be documented. Olumbe also delivered a talk on the cost of collaboration while inviting delegates...

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Celebration Brings Joy to Indian Evangelists

Following the Faith2Share Christmas appeal for India, evangelists and pastors from eight different organizations gathered in Bhorpada on Christmas Day. The celebrations began with children singing and a Bible message was given. The gospel workers gave thanks for God’s amazing gift of Jesus and rededicated themselves to sharing the good news with those who do not know the Saviour. Pranab Kishor Kumar (from Faith2Share member New Life for India) encouraged those present to adopt a village and to pray for...

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The witness of Christian character

The following story was told recently by Global Teams, a member agency of Faith2Share who support Christian leaders coming from other faith backgrounds. "Adam is a clan leader in the B tribe [in South-east Asia]. Born into a Muslim family, his father sent him to live with local Christian missionaries as a boy to study English. The missionary told Adam's father that he would also teach Adam his faith, along with English, and the father agreed. Adam put his faith...

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Healthy Christmas

"Noel en Sante" has been the message that missionaries in Chad have been taking to the people of Domballa for the past few days. It means "Healthy Christmas". The missionaries from the Church of Nigeria Missionary Society (CNMS, part of the Anglican Church) planned this special programme to show that the Saviour whom we receive at Christmas brings us health and wholeness. During the programme local people received medical assistance, new clothes and soap, food assistance and textbooks for teaching...

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Christmas Hope in Cambodia

“This year is the second anniversary of my new birth in Christ. I received and accepted Jesus at the Asian Outreach Cambodia Christmas Celebration in 2014. I decided to follow Christ because I saw Christians in my village work so well together with AOC to help the poor; this touched my heart. The pastors loved me by offering tangible help and they were so willing to share what they had with others as well. I realized that their love is...

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Well connected

"What will we teach them? We will love them in Christ Jesus. ... We will listen carefully to their stories and find ways to partner with them for the spread of God's kingdom. The gospel will be preached. Rising leaders will be identified and helped. The possibility of new works to spread the kingdom will be prayed over." This is how Manik Corea of NAMS Network describes his aspirations for a visit to Orisha in India. Manik will...

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Jesus - the gift of a dying man

Economic deprivation and spiritual vitality seem to go hand in hand in north east India. Faith2Share has for some time partnered with churches in the state of Mizoram who are sending mission workers to many places around the world. The states of Assam and Nagaland also have strong churches but in neighbouring Manipur there are large communities without any visible Christian witness. Faith2Share partner Phijam Singh, from Manipur, grew up in a Hindu family but was introduced to Jesus by...

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Christmas blessings for India

It all started with a casual conversation on a bus in India. Pranab Kishor Kumar asked the man sitting next to him if he knew Jesus. “I have no idea who you are talking about,” came the reply. This was a life-changing moment for Pranab, who later founded New Life for India to reach the unreached by presenting the gospel through words and deeds. The mission’s activities now cover evangelism and church planting, youth and children’s ministry, women’s ministry, pastors’...

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Gospel Transformation in Village Life

“The first time our team went there to share the gospel, the women and children kept their distance from us,” says Ngozi of Faith2Share member Church of Nigeria Missionary Society. “Only the young men and one older man came to listen and ask questions. About forty-four of the young people prayed to accept Jesus. They were subsistence farmers and always wore dirty clothes. After some of them accepted the gospel, we saw internal and external transformation. Many of them now...

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“Putting me on the right track, giving me a wider family”

Ngozi Nwosu (Church of Nigeria Missionary Society) attended both our previous conference in Nigeria and last month’s gathering in Ghana. Faith2Share’s Anton Ponomarev asked her how she had benefitted from the consultations. Watch the 3-minute interview on our YouTube channel. “During the consultation I was really enriched spiritually," Ngozi says, "and the work we were doing in Togo was also blessed through my attendance. There are many voices speaking and one is bound to get confused if one is...

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New Foundations for Growing Kenyan Ministry

Faith2Share member iServe Africa literally laid new foundations for a new phase in their growing ministry recently, with practical help and spiritual blessing from the Most Rev Dr Jackson N Ole Sapit. The ground-breaking ceremony was an important step in the expansion of this ministry under the visionary leadership of Harrison Mungai.iServe Africa offers university graduates one- and two-year training programmes focusing on servant leadership and faithful Bible teaching. Many of the teachers on the Ministry Training Course are alumni...

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Don't leave your bread in the oven!

“We need an ‘oven policy’”, said the delegates at Faith2Share’s recent Ghana Depth Discipleship Consultation. “When you bake bread you don’t leave it in the oven; you take it out and share it! And it’s the same with the good news; it’s for sharing with everyone around.”The Consultation, organized in collaboration with Torchbearers Mission and the Ghana Evangelical Missions Association, was a resounding success with 56 delegates from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.There were sessions on a...

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Brazillian Youth step forward

Young people in Brazil are looking for difficult ways to serve God. They enjoy a challenge and the Mission of God today is full of challenges. As Missao Antioquia (Antioch Mission), a Faith2Share member agency, celebrated its 40th. anniversary this past weekend the grounds of their 'Valley of Blessings' mission headquarters were alive with young people seeking new ways forward in mission. Also present at the celebrations were many of the missionaries who have served with Antioquia over...

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Discipleship on the agenda in Ghana

This week Faith2Share has gathered over fifty mission leaders in Accra, Ghana. Their focus is on whole-life discipleship and each day they have been looking at how they can best equip West African Christians to live every day, and in every context, as Jesus would want them to. In addition to those from several different regions of Ghana there are also participants from Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea. Several of these countries have lived through traumatic times in...

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Latin Americans queuing up to serve in mission

It is only six months since, Faith2Share member agency, Global Teams opened its training base in Chiapas, Mexico, and already six field partners have been sent out to serve amongst communities where Jesus is hardly known. Global Teams is focused on parts of the world where people from Arab and South Asian backgrounds are to be found, in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and elsewhere and often find themselves befriending individuals and families who have been brought...

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Reading, writing and … miracles

“Let’s pray for healing in the name of Jesus”. These words were spoken not by a Christian but by Omary*, a Muslim primary school student whose Christian teachers had taught him about prayer in Jesus’ name. Omary’s friend was suffering with an eye problem which caused constant weeping but they knew how to pray. Omary’s friend was healed as they prayed together and word spread amongst the local community.Omary’s school, run by a Faith2Share member in Africa, has grown from...

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Husband finds God through motorbike accident

Ramesh lost his shop and all of his earnings because of his addiction to alcohol. He found Jesus through the ministry of Faith2Share member the Indian Evangelical Mission. Ramesh started coming to church, but sadly then reverted to his old way of life for over a year. Ramesh’s wife Sytho was heartbroken at her husband’s backsliding and suffered a breakdown. Meanwhile, the church was crying out to God for his deliverance but this came in a very unusual form -...

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Teacher, your seminar is not the main thing

After working hard on preparation, a teacher doesn’t want to hear that the seminar was not the major blessing. But when the seminar is on the subject of family life and the feedback praises their parenting, then it’s a job well done. "More than the teaching, I have been blessed by seeing their family life. I am touched by the way they have nurtured their children." This was Raj Kumar's response after attending a family life seminar run by Faith2Share...

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Asia Mission Training Highly Recommended

“I would love to start a training programme like this to prepare people for cross-cultural missions”, said a graduate from the Asia Gateway 2016 mission training programme in Malaysia. The initiative is run by a group of agencies including Faith2Share member, AsiaCMS. The course combines lectures and field trips, which offer exposure to a multi-faith environment. Topics include: the mission of God; issues for Asian mission and inter-religious engagement. This year’s students came from six different countries and benefitted from...

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Ruins to Restoration in Nepal

“Local people and government officials are very aware of the work of Christians, bringing glory to God, and they have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” writes Faith2Share partner in Nepal, Ram Prasad Shrestha. Following last year’s devastating earthquake, NMC Nepal has built six new resilient houses for destitute members of the community. In a recent handover ceremony, they were able to share about the love of God which motivates them to care for those in need. One of the...

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Mandalay Diocese welcomes NAMS mission team

What do Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand have in common? Now they have a very special connection as the team from NAMS visited the Anglican Diocese of Mandalay earlier this month. It was the first visit at the invitation of Bishop David (who was introduced to NAMS leaders at the Faith2Share Depth Discipleship consultation in Yangon). The team was able to train 30 local clergy over several days and share with them on a range of topics including organic church-planting practices...

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Church planting in Kenya

One Youth Ministry have recently planted two churches in the north of Kenya near Lodwar. In one area, seven people gave their lives to the Lord at an evening crusade. By the 17th day the church was operational with a congregation of 32 people including children. The other church is in its fifth month, having opened with seven members who are predominantly nomadic, but the area is set to grow, as a county health centre has recently opened. Please pray...

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Mission baton travels from Jakarta to Seoul

As the Lausanne Young Leaders' Gathering which has brought together more than one thousand mission leaders from over 140 countries, finishes in Jakarta, Indonesia, another significant mission gathering has just started in Seoul, South Korea, where the International Association of Mission Studies is holding its 14th Assembly on the subject of Conversations and Transformations: Missiological Approaches to Religious Change. The fact that both gatherings are taking place in Asia is a real testimony to the importance of Asian churches...

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Young Leaders gather in Indonesia

This week nearly 1,000 young Christian leaders from 140 countries around the world are gathering in Indonesia for the Lausanne Young Leaders Gathering. A few days before the gathering Michael Oh, Lausanne's International Director, wrote, "I’m convinced of God’s gracious and powerful work—beyond what we have dreamt—taking place in this generation. What makes me say that? In this year of preparation leading up to YLG, I have seen young influencers listening and learning from previous generations, and seeking to be...

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Floods hit Nepali villages

We are receiving news today from the National Mission Commission of Nepal (NMCN), a Faith2Share member agency in Nepal, that severe flooding has taken place following continued heavy rain across the country. At this stage 39 people are reported to have lost their lives and in the last 24hrs a further 28 are reported missing. The main problem seems to have been landslides which have destroyed houses and some bridges. The worst hit area was Pyuthan where at...

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Equipping leaders in Myanmar

Faith2Share member NAMS has been invited by the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Mandalay to go to Myanmar and train key clergy and lay leaders of his diocese in discipleship and church planting among the many people groups there. The invitation came about after Manik Corea, NAMS regional operations for Asia, met Bishop David Nyi Nyi Naing at a Faith2Share Leadership Consultation in Myanmar in May 2015. Bishop David then asked Manik and NAMS Servant General Jon Shuler...

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South Sudan slips back into war

Despite bold hopes for peace in South Sudan it appears as if full scale war has once again broken out in Africa's newest nation, South Sudan. International news sources are reporting three days of hostilities between forces loyal to the President Salva Kiir and those supporting the Vice-President and other breakaway factions. The main fighting has been in and around Juba and has involved small arms fire, tanks and helicopter gunships. A local radio station, Radio Tamazuj, put the number...

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New centre to encourage peace and reconciliation in DR Congo

More than 76 young women, who have suffered during war and conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), are now being taught practical life skills, including sewing and needlework, on a site that will eventually become a multi-faceted centre to promote peace and reconciliation among young people in Bunia.It is still early days but plans for the centre are being spearheaded by Rev Bisoke Balikenga, who is national coordinator of the youth department for the Anglican Church of...

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Russia restricts evangelism

The Russian State Parliament has passed a law which places broad limitations on missionary work, including preaching, teaching and engaging in any activity designed to attract people to a religious group, and this law is already considered to be the most restrictive in post-Soviet history. It is not possible now to share faith without a government's permit and outside the walls of the registered churches and other religious sites. The restrictions even apply to activity in private homes and online....

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Called to train evangelists?

Evangelists are the life blood of mission in Africa. They bring hope, light and transformation to many communities. Church Army Africa (CAA), a Faith2Share member agency, have been committed to training evangelists for over sixty years. Today they have trained and deployed evangelists in at least twelve countries in Africa.Now CAA are looking for a new Principal for their training college. Carlile College, in Nairobi, Kenya, has two thriving schools - the Church Army School of Mission Studies and the...

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Disability tops agenda in South Asia

Young leaders from seven countries are currently in Nepal for the 2016 conference of the South Asia Christian Youth Network (SACYN), coordinated by Faith2Share member AsiaCMS. Delegates are deliberating on the conference topic of Disability, based on the theme 'Accessible South Asia: Creative Responses for Mental Health and Differently Abled.' Fifty young leaders from countries including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh are gathered in Nagarkot, Nepal from 1st – 6th July. Over the past four years, SACYN...

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Appreciation for Faith2Share from Kenya

Faith2Share’s Kenyan members again and again expressed their appreciation to Faith2Share as “a space to talk about mission and hear what is happening across the globe in relation to mission”. That was the feedback from the latest Faith2Share fellowship meeting for Kenyan members, held on 18 May at Church Army Africa’s headquarters in Nairobi.Faith2Share’s ‘Kenya chapter’ meets on a regular basis and is led by Timothy Mazimpaka, who is Faith2Share’s Africa coordinator, serving with mission agency Church Army Africa....

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Hope alive amongst Syrian youth

Despite the dreadful destruction of their country young Christian women and men in Syria are full of hope. After all the fighting is over it will be their responsibility to rebuild their contry. Last month (May 2016) youth workers from Syria were amongst 130 Christians who gathered from Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon for the sixth regional youth conference in Beirut. They represented 17 church denominations and 6 different Christian organizations throughout the Near East. This conference was organized by...

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Arrests in Nepal for distributing scripture to children

Seven people have been arrested in Nepal, including the proprietors of two private schools in Dolakha. Those arrested have been accused of evangelising by distributing children's Bible stories among students. Prakash Pradhan is principal of Mout Valley boarding school, while Bimal Shahi is principal of Modern Nepal School. And five staff who work for Teach Nepal, a Christian teaching organisation, are also among those accused. Both Pradhan and Shahi are Christians and organise extra curricular teaching activities for...

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New ministry brings hope to women prisoners in India

Rabbi and Chitra, co-mission partners in India with Faith2Share member Asia CMS, have started a new ministry, called Peacemakers, for women prisoners, their children and families. In India women prisoners are often neglected and are crying out for hope and transformation in their lives. After more than a year’s preparation, staff, office and funding have been found and a great team is in place, committed to the work.Rabbi and Chitra said: “We have two well-experienced professional social workers who...

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Praise Allah adverts on UK buses for Ramadan

The charity Islamic Relief has launched a fundraising campaign to coincide with Ramadan which will feature on more than 500 buses in the UK cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford and Leicester. The campaign slogan is "Subhan Allah" - meaning "Glory to Allah" in Arabic - and aims to encourage Muslims to donate to support victims of the Syrian civil war. Ramadan starts on 7 June and is a time when Muslims traditionally fast and give to charity. Islamic...

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Bangalore Home of Hope inspires delegates

While in Bangalore for Faith2Share's Leadership Consultation, delegates had the opportunity of visiting a number of local ministries. One group was given a glimpse inside a most inspiring and moving ministry: New Ark Mission of India's Home of Hope. It was set up in 1997 by a former auto-rickshaw driver known locally as 'Auto Raja' or the 'Mother Theresa’ of Bangalore. Home of Hope is a community that rebuilds the lives of destitute people from the busy streets of Bangalore....

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Reciprocal Mission on the agenda

The 2016 Global Mission Conference to be held in London this year will have 'Reciprocal Mission' firmly on its agenda. Hosted by St. James Church Muswell Hill from 12 -15 October 2016 the conference will bring together missionaries, mission societies, pastors, theologians and church members, to think and pray about mission in the third millennium. Speakers will include Dr. Samuel Cueva, President of Mission for the Third Millennium, Dr. Kirsteen Kim, Professor of Theology and World Christianity at Leeds Trinity...

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172 trained for discipleship in West Bengal

Just weeks after the Faith2Share Leadership Consultation in Bangalore one of our participants gathered 172 Indian leaders from across West Bengal for a Discipleship Consultation. During the two days of intensive training Tushar, a Faith2Share leader spoke on 'Depth Discipleship' and how churches can encourage their new and existing members to follow the ways of Jesus in every aspect of their lives. Tushar attended the very first Faith2Share Depth Discipleship consultation in northern India in 2012. Now he is planning...

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Ukraine gets Bible in Tatar - and wins Eurovision 2016!

The nation of Ukraine is in the headlines this week after a Crimean Tatar singer called Jamala won the Eurovision song contest last Sunday, with a song about the sad events in the history of Crimean Tatars.It was encouraging to see Europe vote for a song about this small, often forgotten nation. But what is even more amazing, is that the Institute of Bible Translation has just published for the first time ever the full Bible in the...

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​Faith2Share Leadership consultation Bangalore

We would like to thank all of you who prayed for the 16th Faith2Share consultation in Bangalore that took place last week.We had almost 60 participants from almost every country in South Asia, from UK and USA, from East and West Africa representing our members, partner churches and mission movements. It was a time of rich fellowship, mutual learning and leadership equipping and also an intentional time of discerning how we can work together to advance the Kingdom of God.

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Contextualisation in mission

"The recent popularity of talk of contextualisation in mission is fatally flawed if it fails to take account of the universal church" claimed Rev. Raja Singh at the opening session of the Faith2Share Leadership Consultation taking place in Bangalore this week.Rev. Singh, the new General Secretary of the Indian Evangelical Mission, went on to say that although it is vital that the gospel is contextualised in every community this has also led to isolation and separation of Christian communities. The...

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​Welcome to the Faith2Share 2016 Prayer Campaign

Your daily prayer guide from Saturday 16 April until Saturday 23 April.This is our third prayer campaign - designed to celebrate with our members, supporters and partners the global flow of prayer for mission across the Faith2Share network. We encourage you to join us here in prayer for the next eight days.Our prayer campaign this year coincides with the 2016 Faith2Share Leadership Consultation in Bangalore, India, from 17–22 April on the theme of Transforming Communities Together – building effective partnerships...

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MANI 2016 (in Addis) inspires African leaders

The Movement of African National Initiatives (MANI) has just held its strategic consultation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This event is held every five years and aims to celebrate what God is doing in and through the African Church. Faith2Share partners MANI as it inspires, challenges and equips mission leaders across the continent of Africa for leadership in contemporary mission.Faith2Share international director Mark Oxbrow, who was in Addis for the event, reports:"Bring together 500 mission church leaders from 51...

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