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2020 Checkpoint

Discipling requires humility

CMS missionaries Craig and Samantha (Sam) McCorkindale serve in Cambodia, where Craig lectures in theology at Phnom Penh Bible College. Here he speaks of a lesson he learned about the importance of humility in teaching.   Teaching online during the pandemic has been tough. At times I have felt that my ability to disciple has been […]

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Everyone loves Christmas (and Ramadan and Diwali…)

After decades of parish-based ministry in Australia, CMS workers Warwick and Caroline have been serving in the Middle East since 2014. Here Caroline shares about life in a city where people love to talk about religion.   Everyone loves Christmas, am I right? Well, you might say, it depends on what part of the world you live in.  […]

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A Festival of Certain Hope

CMS missionaries Jerome and Indra work with international students in a multicultural city in South East Asia. Jerome shares how Christian celebrations are unique among other festivities as reminders of hope.  We live in a unique country among people who come from multiple ethnicities and adhere to different religions. A wonderful aspect of this diversity is that there are numerous holidays to celebrate […]

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Putting the Christmas story to music in Leipzig

CMS missionaries Klaus and Jude Hickel serve at Leipzig English Church in Germany. Jude is also involved in composing and translating songs for use in church. She shares how she uses the Christmas season to ‘give’ the gospel through music.   Living in Germany, I am spoilt with the trappings of Christmas. There are gorgeous Christmas markets, beautifully made advent wreaths, delicious biscuits, and […]

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Christmas in the Middle East

CMS missionaries Malcolm and Charissa Forrest serve at a church in Jordan which ministers to expats from around the world. Charissa shares what Christmas looks like in her city, and the challenge this time of year can be for international workers.  Christmas is a strange time to be away from home, especially when you live in a country where […]

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Christmas in Japan: fried chicken and Jesus

CMS missionaries Adam and Helane Ramsay work in church ministry in the Japanese city of Chiba. Helane shares what Christmas is like for their family in a nation with little exposure to the message of Jesus but lots of fried chicken.  Christmas in Japan  A boy and a girl stroll through the city hand in hand on a chilly night, looking at the Christmas […]

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Equipping leaders to serve the nations

CMS missionaries John and Deb serve at a large international church. Deb shares how training and equipping men and women for gospel ministry is an essential part of their church’s work.   Despite international delays and restrictions due to COVID-19, our church now has apprentices for the 2021/22 ministry year. Two women and five men from […]

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