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Evangelism and discipleship continuing unhindered in rural Tanzania

CMS missionaries Kevin & Karen Flanagan serve in Tanzania, where they are involved in evangelism, training and discipling. In some parts of the world, Coronavirus has placed many ministry activities on hold. In Tanzania, however, evangelism and discipleship continue unhindered. Here they describe their training as it looked towards the end of 2020.  Evangelism continues  […]

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Mutual respect the key to long-term in Tanzania

Godfrey Mbelwa is Anglican bishop of the Diocese of Lweru in Tanzania. Here he speaks to CMS missionary Judith Calf of the long-term relationship between CMS and the Church in Tanzania.   I first met Godfrey Mbelwa in 1998, when I was at St Andrew’s Hall , where he had just arrived to commence his theological studies in Melbourne. Little could I imagine that more than 20 years later I would have the privilege of serving in […]

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Why long-term mission?  : Checkpoint Autumn 2021

CMS Regional Mission Director Elizabeth Richards served in the Democratic Republic of Congo, together with Malcolm, for many years. Here she explains why it’s worth being committed to long-term mission.   ‘Long-term’ is not a new concept for our great God. We believe that God’s love for humankind, and his plan for salvation for this fallen world are long-term, since before creation.  There […]

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A lifetime of mission

CMS missionaries Alan & Helen Wood have spent a lifetime in mission. Here they share how God has continued to lead them to minister the gospel in different places. Our journey into mission was a gradual process but clearly led by God. Alan became a Christian just before his 20th birthday and only a few […]

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Not the retiring type

CMS missionaries Kevin & Karen Flanagan have been linked to CMS for over 40 years. Here they explain their most recent move, back to Tanzania, and challenge others to consider doing similarly. We’ve been associated with CMS for over four decades. During this time, we’ve often felt the ‘tug’ to cross-cultural work at CMS Summer […]

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Living out dependence on God 

What do you do when specific, important and God-honouring prayers aren’t answered as you hoped? CMS missionary Judith Calf says, ‘keep praying’.   Recently the rains arrived which mark the beginning of the new planting season in our part of East Africa. The weather is a bit more unpredictable, spells of hot sun, cloudy days and then rainy storms. Most people have planted their corn and beans, and […]

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Being Christ’s servant

CMS missionary Judith Calf served in Tanzania for many years, returned to Australia and is now back in Tanzania. Judith reflects on the daily challenges of serving in mission with humility, and how she seeks to follow the example of Jesus.  When I was asked to write about humility in mission, my first thought was ‘I am not comfortable with doing that!’ Writing about how I live out humility in my life and ministry […]

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Leading with humility

CMS missionary Nathan Lovell lectures in theology at George Whitefield College in South Africa. Checkpoint asked him to explain the challenges of approaching this position of authority in Christian humility.  “Can you please stop ragging on John Piper now?” ‘Ragging’ means constantly criticising someone, and my student sounded somewhat exasperated. It wasn’t true; I wasn’t ragging on John Piper. Well… I was, sort of.   […]

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Trusting God through transition

CMS missionaries Daniel and Olivia Webster are based at Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary with their four homeschooled boys. Olivia looks with honest eyes at the ways that God has blessed them through a ‘sink or swim’ transition. I can hear birds singing sweetly outside our house as I lie on our couch and steal a […]

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