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Review: The Accidental Buddhist

Former CMS missionary Rolf Lepelaar reviews The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, enlightenment and sitting still, American style. Rolf served with his wife, Bonnie, in Cambodia for more than 10 years. Of all the books I have read on Buddhism, The Accidental Buddhist by Dinty Moore is the most helpful book for understanding the mindset of Westerners […]

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A very surprised Christian

Raised in a Buddhist Sri Lankan family that immigrated to Australia when he was eight, Kanishka Raffel’s conversion to Christianity came as a big surprise to him in his early twenties. Now the Dean of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, Kanishka’s testimony[1] is an example of the power of God’s word to change hearts, even in those […]

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Working in God’s harvest field

How does a worker both respect the government regulations in their location and also heed God’s call to work in his harvest field? One of our workers speaks about shining God’s light in a country where outreach is limited. Probably the biggest shaper of outreach strategies in my location is the prevailing political system which […]

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Review: Missions amidst Pagodas

Dave & Leoni Painter have served in Cambodia since 2001. They are currently on study leave at Moore College. Here, Dave reviews Missions amidst Pagodas: Contextual communication of the gospel in the Burmese Buddhist context by Peter Thein Nyunt. Peter will be speaking at CMS Summer Conferences in January 2019. Peter Thein Nyunt is a native of Myanmar, […]

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A tribute to Stephanie

St Andrew’s Hall staff member Isabel Dale writes a final tribute to CMS worker Stephanie, who passed away on 22 March 2018, age 35, from bowel cancer. Stephanie Ruth 26 January 1983–22 March 2018 Central Asia: 2012–2016 We’ve farewelled Stephanie. I’m thankful that after over a year of the debilitating impact of cancer, she’s at rest at […]

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Long-term focus: Stable and steadfast

CMS missionary Judith Calf first began serving in Tanzania last century in 1998. She came back to Australia in 2009, but has now returned to Tanzania for another term of service. Here, she explains why she returned and why long-term mission matters. In 2016 I was contemplating a return to missionary status with CMS. A […]

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In-depth training: Run with endurance

CMS Director of Training and Development David Williams (with his wife, Rachel) works with the teaching team at the CMS training facility, St Andrew’s Hall, to prepare potential missionaries for service in many locations. He explains why solid preparation is necessary for new missionaries starting out in cross-cultural ministry. Some people think being a missionary […]

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