Global discipleship for a changing world

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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