NSW & ACT Branch

 

Helping share lasting hope in Jesus

We are continually thankful for all those who partner with us in cross-cultural gospel mission. This partnership is helping plant gospel seeds around the world.

This year, we invited our supporters to give generously to the CMS Lasting Hope Appeal by 30 June 2022. There is an ongoing need to grow our regular giving to CMS, to help us confidently send and support our missionaries as we continue to work together for a world that knows Jesus.

We thank all those who joyfully gave to the CMS Lasting Hope Appeal 2022, and note that your support will help enable our missionaries to continue to share the gospel of lasting hope.

Our work, however, is not finished. There is still a need for one-off and regular giving to CMS, to help us confidently enter the new financial year as we continue to work together for a world that knows Jesus. If you are in a position to joyfully give, please consider a generous gift today, knowing that your support will help enable our missionaries to continue to share the gospel of lasting hope.

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Finding hope in the Middle East

For the last seven years, CMS worker Melanie* has been supporting Syrian refugee women and their families as a social worker in the Middle East. Many of these Muslim women struggle with poverty, unemployment, and cramped living conditions. Some face domestic violence or chronic physical and mental health issues. As Melanie and her team share life with these women, they remain open to opportunities to talk about Jesus.

Leila’s story – a changing heart

Several years ago, Melanie met Leila,* a Syrian refugee with 10 children, through an ongoing development project.

Melanie shares:

When we visited Leila’s family, we discovered that her teenage daughters loved hearing stories of Jesus. But Leila was always disengaged. Her face was like a wall…blank.

After about six months, Leila asked for an appointment with the clinic social worker – me. As she talked about her suffering, the blankness dissolved, and she cried and cried and cried.

Serving with the development project brings many strategic gospel opportunities, and Melanie is preparing to move cities to serve full-time with this team.

Melanie and her team continue to visit Leila and her family regularly, at her invitation, to share Bible stories. She says that although Leila is not a believer yet, she is engaged and listening.

*Name changed for privacy reasons.

Helping CMS missionaries share the truth of God’s word

Through the support of people like you within the CMS fellowship, God’s love is being proclaimed to people in the Middle East and around the world through the work of CMS workers like Melanie.

Gifts given towards the CMS Lasting Hope Appeal have helped enable the strategic ministries of our workers to continue, so that more people would know the gift of God’s grace and live as disciples of Christ.

Praise God that so much has been given to support our missionaries as they share lasting hope in their locations, and to raise up new workers for cross-cultural service.

We are deeply thankful for your prayerful support of CMS missionaries, and for the fellowship we share in the gospel. Please continue to pray that God would raise up workers to serve cross-culturally and share the gift of lasting hope with those who so desperately need it.