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When human delays are God’s timing

CMS missionaries Wim and Maaike Prins have served in Cambodia since 2004. Much of Wim’s work has involved the translation of Bible commentaries, Christian books and the New Bible Dictionary into Khmer. Earlier this year the Prins family were due to return to Australia for final Home Assignment, however border closures and flight cancellations forced […]

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New hope for a new year

CMS missionaries Daniel and Kate Morris work with the GBU (GroupesBibliquesUniversitaires de France), a group that evangelises, trains and disciples university students. They share how the new academic year has started for GBU in their region and the need for more workers to serve in France. A new beginning with new hope  It’s the beginning of a new academic year in France, and […]

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Pray without ceasing

In the Middle East, a number of CMS workers serve in various projects and programs—caring for refugees, sharing life with Muslim families and reading the Bible with local people. These are ministries suffused with prayer. One worker shares a story about her relationship with a refugee family and how the prayers of CMS supporters have […]

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Checkpoint Summer 2021: Communicating grace

CMS worker B serves in the Middle East, teaching English and learning about her adopted culture. Here she speaks of the challenges in communicating grace to Muslims. My lecturer drew her chair closer to mine. It was the last class for my course in formal Arabic at university, and she was conducting a conversational review […]

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Checkpoint Summer 2021: From reciprocity to reconciliation

How does ‘grace’ work in a place where the rule for maintaining good relations is not grace but reciprocity? CMS missionary Joel Atwood, working with students in Vanuatu, explains. Vanuatu is an intensely relational country. Even though it’s a little unfair to treat over 115 language groups across 96 islands as a single entity, a […]

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Checkpoint Summer 2021: With God all things are possible

CMS missionaries Peter and Terry Blowes have been ministering in Argentina for many years. Frequently in their university work they encounter the challenge of students who believe in God’s sternness and judgement, but not in his mercy and grace. Terry gives a recent example. I was sitting in the loft area of the Economics Faculty […]

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Checkpoint Summer 2021: What Jesus has done for me

CMS missionaries Simon and Jess Cowell are serving in Bari, Italy, discipling university students. Simon and Jess reflect on witnessing to the revolutionary truth of what Jesus has done in meeting both religious and secular thinking with the gospel of grace. The threat of legalism Italy is steeped in spiritual legalism. Almost all Italians, even […]

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Checkpoint Summer 2021: Knowing God

CMS missionaries Dave and Leoni Painter serve in Cambodia, where the dominant Buddhist religion values ‘acquiring knowledge’ as a good work. How to help students of the gospel understand grace? The lesson was proceeding well. I followed the Khmer language textbook on this subject that I had been developing over the last few years. The […]

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Checkpoint Summer 2021: Grace – from beginning to end

CMS missionaries Howard and Michelle Newby have had a long-term connection with the Philippines and notice that the role of ‘obedience’ can often cause confusion in relation to grace. Howard speaks of how he is learning to teach God’s grace to people with long-held animist beliefs.   When we first arrived in the Philippines, we were confronted with teaching that promoted obedience as […]

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