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Overwhelmed by Coronavirus

South East Asia has suffered intensely from Coronavirus, especially the Delta variant. CMS workers who serve with university students and medical graduates in the region describe the impact of COVID-19 on their community.  A community in crisis  Overwhelmed. It’s a word we had rarely heard our friends use until this last year. South East Asian people are generally used to uncertainty, disasters and trauma. But recently, this term has been used […]

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A morning in the life of an online Bible teacher

CMS missionaries Dave and Leoni Painter teach at Phnom Penh Bible College. For the last year and a half their classes have been largely conducted online. Dave shares some of the challenges of teaching remotely.  After 18 months of online teaching, I’ve asked myself, “Why not be a ‘Zoom-missionary’? Now much of our contact with students is online, should we continue […]

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Making the most of every opportunity

CMS missionaries David and Jenny Juniper are waiting to begin their ministry in DR Congo. With their departure delayed due to the Coronavirus, they have found other opportunities to serve God’s people. They share how God has opened a door to serve on Christmas Island while they wait.  “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that […]

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COVID in Cambodia’s shame culture

CMS missionaries David and Leoni Painter live in Cambodia, where they serve at Phnom Penh Bible School. Here they consider the social and spiritual consequences of Coronavirus on their nation.  We are now more than a year into the pandemic, and we continue to see people around the world suffering—but not always in the same way. As outsiders, God […]

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Unseasonal blessings: Checkpoint Winter 2021

CMS missionaries Ian and Narelle Hadfield serve at St George’s, a large international church in Singapore. Ian describes how, despite COVID restrictions prohibiting many in-person ministries, God’s word continued to go out.   Paul’s instruction to Timothy to “preach the word in season and out of season” was the foundation of our approach to the […]

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Reasons to stay: Checkpoint Winter 2021

CMS workers Derk and Susan made the deliberate decision to stay serving in South Asia where, alongside their fellow believers, they have continued to see God working in the midst of Coronavirus. Derk writes:  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called […]

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Student ministry under lockdown: Checkpoint Winter 2021

CMS workers L and J minister to international students in a region that has undergone significant COVID lockdown. What challenges have they faced, and what opportunities have come?  We minister alongside international students. Here is what one Nigerian student, Theophilus, said about his experience of the pandemic:   When Coronavirus cases were reported in other […]

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