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Shipwrecks and supermarkets

BY PETER AND JEANETTE WOODS Peter and Jeanette discuss returning after their service in West Papua 1977-1983, and in Central Java 1983-1986 Food was simple in West Papua; most often it was steamed fish, swamp spinach and a bit of spice. That’s it! It was very different from the choice and variety in Australia, but […]

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Staying the course

Staying true to the Lord in uncertain times, by David Williams I recently received a shocking email from a Sudanese pastor who was a student at the Bible College where I worked in Nairobi. He sent me graphic photos of the 172 people who had been murdered in his village. Other pictures showed the scars […]

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Shifting sands

Understanding cross-cultural re-entry, by Claire Livingstone I’m standing deep in the surf, with waves washing over me. Sometimes I’m able to roll with the waves or jump over them. More often, I feel dumped and turned inside out and upside down. I surface, not sure which way the beach is, or when the next wave’s […]

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Leaving a more hopeful place

The bookends of a life in Spain, by Andrew and Dominique Gifford When we moved to Barcelona after one year in Madrid, we felt like we had landed in a different country! The language on the street was Catalan, not Spanish. The people danced the Sardana, not Flamenco. The locals built human towers nine people […]

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Japan and I

I’m walking down the road with my host father and his two daughters, as the sun is going down over the Daikon fields in Ashikaga. We’ve just finished a meal at a restaurant and are strolling back, when he points to a traditional Japanese style house, “That’s the haunted house.” Ashikaga is a semi-rural town […]

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“How can I know if God is leading me to mission work?”

Are you seeking God’s voice on overseas cross-cultural work? The below article was posted on askamissionary.com, and features many opinions from those who were called to go, on how God led them to the decision. “As we seek God’s will, it is helpful to analyse who we are: our abilities, our interests, our opportunities, the counsel […]

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Standing up in the face of trials

Anne Zaki is the Assistant Professor at The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, and will be a key speaker at SUTS in January. “A big turning point in my life was when I had the incident with preaching!” “It was a good incident! After a sermon I delivered in the US, my husband asked me, […]

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The truth shines through

Mavis Payne volunteers at St Paul’s to tell the Bible stories in the stained glass windows to the Cathedral’s many visitors. “I do it because there’s nowhere else in my week I can have such focused conversations about Jesus.” “Before I started this, I asked God for the gift of evangelism, because I wanted to […]

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St Andrew’s Hall: A living monument to those who have followed His call

What will it be like on the other side of the world? How will I deal with the loneliness of being away from my family and friends? Is there an institution with the experience to teach me how to minister in a completely different culture? These are the burning questions on the minds of every […]

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Slow and steady brings the grace

Meet Matt and Kate Vinicombe! Freshly graduated from St Andrew’s Hall, they now have their eyes set on their new ministry on Groote Eylandt, NT. There was no ‘Road to Damascus’ moment that compelled Matt and Kate Vinicombe to sign-up as CMS missionaries. No light shining down into tear-stained eyes as they accepted their calling, […]

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