Around the world in 30 minutes!

What do Brazil, India, Philippines, Portugal, Turkey, South Africa and USA have in common?

Answer: You can hear from friends representing all these countries at the ‘Tent Talks’ at this year’s Westpoint* Festival!

“After more than thirty years, as I look around the church in Penafiel (Portugal), filled with joyful Christians from Penafiel and the surrounding area, all praising God for their salvation – I thank God for his amazing grace in those early years and the privilege of being part of the adventure.” (Jessica Shore lives in Portugal with her husband Mike. They travel together helping churches in Span and Portugal.)

“Writing about his recent visit to the Philippines, Andy Phillips writes: ‘There is a church for the Hill Tribe people but mostly the group gathered were from higher in the Hills and unreached. Some spoke Tagalog (Filipino national language). This is where Rolando de Guzman really comes into his own and we saw a number respond to the gospel and many were prayed for.’ Come and hear more from Rolando and Levy De Guzman (Pastor – Cavite Open Door Commission Church), and Grace Cayetano (Youth leader and Church worker).

Do you have an interest in the nations? Do you feel a call to help a church overseas? Do you want to hear inspiring stories of church planting overseas? Come along and visit the ‘Hub’ 3pm Friday; 12.45pm and 3pm Saturday, 2.30pm Sunday to hear more about what the churches are doing in these Countries.

All details will be in the Westpoint* handbook

*Westpoint is the annual Festival held by Commission. Find out more information and how to book for Westpoint 2019 on this website.

Update: Commission engagement with the Balkans

We believe that there is a radical change in the spiritual climate in these nations as we see the barriers between the leaders being removed and teams working together. In October 2018 we were able to adopt the Syloam church in Silbas, led by Miro and Sneza Fic, as our first Commission Church in Serbia.

And how do you mark a celebration? With a cake of course!

We are really excited at the developments that we are seeing in these nations. Since 2004 Miro Fic has been networking with churches, publishing Christian books and developing multimedia in the area.

Miro has now developed a team working very closely with many churches in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia. Commission are actively supporting this ministry, including the translation of key training materials and books, including ‘Fathering Nations, Motivating Mission’ by David Devenish. We have recently completed a very successful church leaders training programme that has been run over 18 months, with 30 people graduating.

When Duncan Lee and Doug Croucher (from Godfirst Church Christchurch UK) visit next at the end of July 2019, we expect to welcome the church in Sombor into our family. These churches are about an hour apart in North West Serbia.

As our relationships grow, we look forward to welcoming other leaders to our Commission Prayer time in the autumn 2019.

 

For more of what other ‘spheres’ are doing in the Balkans, see the TOAM update in ‘Around the Spheres’

 

 

 

Christians “the most persecuted religious group in modern times”

Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary, today calls for a clearer position on the persecution of Christians across the world. “Sense of misguided political correctness” has stopped the country from standing up for the rights of Christians world-wide.  He described Christians as “the most persecuted religious group in modern times”.

The report published today by the Rt Rev Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro and commissioned by the Foreign Secretary calls for the UN to take action to provide protection for Christians in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  The report has found evidence of persecution and discrimination against Christians in Iraq, Nigeria, China and Indonesia and other nations.

The recommendations include seeks a Security Council resolution urging action by all governments in North Africa and the Middle East to protect the rights of Christians and other persecuted minorities.

Mr Hunt is quoted as saying, “The sense of misguided political correctness that has stopped us standing up for Christians overseas must end.”

To read the full report go to: https://christianpersecutionreview.org.uk/interim-report/

 

 

Foundations for Living and Working Cross-Culturally

Moorlands College are running a 10-week course for preparation if you are planning to work cross-culturally, at home or overseas. 

Their course is made up of two postgraduate level modules. You will be introduced to the complexity and beauty of working in multicultural and multilingual environments and be equipped to engage in healthy and effective ways.

For more information click here.

Relational Mission and New Ground joint Pioneering Conference in Malaga

Malaga, (well Torremolinos to be more precise) holds a special place in my heart. Not the noisy bars, crowded beach, or ‘exciting’ night life which may have been what took me there originally. But this was the place where 42 years ago I gave my life to Jesus Christ. My name is Sue Lyndon and I ‘edit’ this section of the Commission website.

So you can imagine my excitement when I heard that two ‘spheres’ were partnering together to hold a conference in Malaga. Relational Mission (led by Mike Betts) and New Ground (led by Dave Holden) are holding a 4 day conference in Malaga, 25-28 September 2019, for those with a heart for pioneering.

For more information: https://www.relationalmission.org/pioneer-conference-2019

 

Philippines March 2019 Newsletter

“We thank God for the visit from Guy & Heather and Vinu & Julie. Our goal is  TO SERVE GOD ABOVE ALL, it’s our pleasure to be in partner in God’s Vineyard. God bless you all” – Rolando

Click here to read the March newsletter from Cavite Open Door Church in the Philippines