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2020 Checkpoint

Making the most of every opportunity

CMS missionaries David and Jenny Juniper are waiting to begin their ministry in DR Congo. With their departure delayed due to the Coronavirus, they have found other opportunities to serve God’s people. They share how God has opened a door to serve on Christmas Island while they wait.  “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that […]

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COVID in Cambodia’s shame culture

CMS missionaries David and Leoni Painter live in Cambodia, where they serve at Phnom Penh Bible School. Here they consider the social and spiritual consequences of Coronavirus on their nation.  We are now more than a year into the pandemic, and we continue to see people around the world suffering—but not always in the same way. As outsiders, God […]

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Seeing God’s ‘hidden’ blessings

CMS missionary Amy Stephens serves in Argentina, a country that continues to struggle with high COVID numbers and resulting economic and social problems. Despite the pandemic, she continues to meet with and train university students, often remotely. She shares how God is teaching her to count her blessings.   “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, […]

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Taiwan: Gospel to grandma and beyond

CMS missionaries Sam and Shan-Shan Chrisp are learning language and culture as they prepare to work with students in Taiwan. Here Sam shares some recent answers to prayer for ministry opportunities.   Sharing the gospel  Over Easter, Shan-Shan was able to use her imperfect Taiwanese to share the gospel stories of Jesus’ death and resurrection with her grandmother. Praise […]

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Pandemic fatigue: Checkpoint Winter 2021

CMS missionary Gillian Law works alongside university students in Italy. As one of the countries hit early and hard by COVID, Gillian and others have encountered both opportunity and fatigue.  Italy was one of the first countries to be severely hit by the pandemic. What started as isolation of a few towns in the north […]

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Unseasonal blessings: Checkpoint Winter 2021

CMS missionaries Ian and Narelle Hadfield serve at St George’s, a large international church in Singapore. Ian describes how, despite COVID restrictions prohibiting many in-person ministries, God’s word continued to go out.   Paul’s instruction to Timothy to “preach the word in season and out of season” was the foundation of our approach to the […]

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Tension in comfort: Checkpoint Winter 2021

CMS missionaries Nick and Kysha Davies serve in Peru, which has suffered high casualties and near economic disaster from COVID-19. They reflect on the faith of fellow believers, and some uncomfortable blessings, during this time.  We felt and continue to feel an acute tension between our own experience, and that of our Peruvian brothers and […]

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Rethinking time in South East Asia

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the plans for many who serve with CMS. Some have been unable to return to their location, others have been stranded, waiting for flights to Australia. As CMS worker Rowan has waited to return to South East Asia, he has reflected on this ‘new normal’ and how different cultures think about time.  The ‘new normal’  There has been a lot of talk recently about what […]

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