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2015 Checkpoint

God’s unchanging plans for mission. Part 4: God’s plan for followers of Christ 

Simon Gillham concludes his four-part series on God’s unchanging mission, asking how our identity in Christ will be reflected in our mission in this world.  Today many insist on the right to be identified as whoever or whatever they want to be. They may choose to be identified by by some or many elements: their achievements, their abilities, their sexual preferences, their personal decisions, their […]

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An intentional approach to student ministry

CMS missionaries Arthur and Tamie Davis are passionate about gospel ministry to university students. They work with TAFES—the Tanzanian Fellowship of Evangelical Students, which is part of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). They share how TAFES workers are thinking strategically in their approach to campus ministry.  How do you make an impact among students? This has been the question […]

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It’s easy to find reasons not to go

For these CMS workers*, keen to return to their location, COVID has been a season of thwarted plans and interruptions. There are good reasons to remain in Australia, but they are convinced of the need to go. On the subject of overseas cross-cultural mission, I keep hearing in my mind the words of a Christian leader who once said to me, “It’s easy […]

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Seeking an end to spiritual and physical drought

CMS missionaries Sam and Shan-Shan Chrisp are learning culture and language in Taiwan as they prepare to work in student ministry. As Taiwan suffers its first water shortage in a decade, they reflect on our need for spiritual and physical water.    “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will […]

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Uruguay needs a resurrection of faith

CMS missionaries Pedro and Joy Oliveira Woolmer are in their second year of ministry in Uruguay, working with university students. Joy explains that unlike the Catholic culture of surrounding countries, Uruguay is strongly secular.  In the lead up to Easter, countries throughout Latin America are celebrating Holy Week, Semana Santa. But here in Uruguay, businesses and schools are […]

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The empty tomb is full of hope

This year a significant Chinese Festival and the Christian celebration of Easter fall on the same day. One CMS worker reflects on what differentiates these two occasions and what they have in common. Sunday 4 April is Easter Day this year, the day Christian believers celebrate the empty tomb and the new life bought for us by Jesus.  […]

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Relaunching student ministry in Vanuatu

CMS missionaries Joel and Tiffanie Atwood are working with university students in Vanuatu. They share how God is at work despite a tumultuous start to the year.   It’s been a wild month for us here in Vanuatu. We haven’t had to face the anxieties of lockdowns or spikes in case numbers, but we have had about 15 earthquakes, 2 tropical cyclones, and a tsunami all in the space of a month.   Thankfully, most […]

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The gospel is not bound by COVID

CMS workers Warwick & Caroline serve at a church in the Middle East. Despite lockdowns and restrictions, they are convinced that the gospel cannot be stopped.    “But God’s word is not chained. Therefore, I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” 2 Timothy 2:9, 10   As […]

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