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CMS Summer Conferences 2016

January is always an exciting month for CMS. Across the month, thousands of supporters gather at CMS Summer Conferences organised by all of our branches, all over Australia. This year, Summer Conferences were greatly encouraging times of faithful Bible teaching, enriching fellowship and challenging opportunities to consider God’s call to take the gospel to the nations.

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Terror attacks in Paris

Over 120 people are confirmed to have died and more than 300 injured after coordinated terror attacks in Paris on Friday 13 November. We give thanks that CMS missionaries serving in France are safe. CMS missionary Josh Apieczonek (serving with Susannah) reflects on his experience of the events and how we can be praying in response

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Radical heart change

CMS worker Anna* has been serving in the Middle East over the last three years, with a team that is seeking to share the gospel with Muslim people through teaching English. She reflects on the importance of culturally appropriate ministry and trusting in God, by giving us an insight into how the team trains short-term teachers.

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When Women Speak

The inaugural ‘When Women Speak…’ colloquium took place on 24 – 26 September in Melbourne. At this academic conference, Christian women scholars presented six key papers, with two responses to each paper, on missiological thinking and practice in the field of Islam. It brought together 29 women from 16 different countries, including first- and second-generation Muslim background believers.

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God is building his church in Spain

Once the centre of Christianity, the church in Europe is in decline. Widespread secularism and atheism, as well as deep-seeded suspicions about the church have taken their toll. CMS workers are seeking to reach gospel-poor peoples with the message of hope found in knowing Jesus in a number of European nations. CMS worker John Lovell (serving with Jodi and their five daughters) reflects on growing God’s church in Valencia, Spain over the last four years.

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