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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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Training not Downloading

CMS missionaries Tamie & Arthur Davis, serve in Tanzania with the Tanzanian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (TAFES), For them, training is not imposed, but is a shared experience of bringing gospel truth to those who need to hear God’s good news. “We don’t need more staff trainings,” said a board member from Tanzania Fellowship of […]

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Training on Site part 1 – Working amidst ethnic violence

CMS missionary Norm Gorrie (serving with Janelle in Kenya) was invited by the Anglican Diocese of Marsabit to be the Director of Training and Mission. It is a privilege and responsibility that now sees him working both with enthusiastic Christians and amongst hostile Muslims. How can gospel leaders be trained? Living in Marsabit Above our house […]

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Reaching and discipling Tanzania’s new generation

CMS missionaries Kevin & Karen Flanagan work in Mpanda, Tanzania, training evangelists for new churches, equipping pastors, and enabling lay discipleship. Read on to learn how Tanzanian believers perceive the younger generation, and strategies for reaching this new ‘tribe’. Like many countries, Tanzania has experienced massive changes in the last 10 to 15 years. Arguably, […]

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