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Trapped in Japan, but ministering in the Middle East 

K is a Japanese-speaking CMS worker in the Middle East who focuses on working with the Japanese diaspora community.  The COVID-19 crisis has seen her caught in Japan, where she previously worked for many years. Here is a wide-ranging reflection on how God is using this time to both test her, and to give gospel opportunities online. This includes continuing to […]

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Zooming in: our last letter to, or from, Japan 

CMS missionaries Brad & Michelle Jackson have been serving in Japan for over 13 years and have returned to Australia for their final Home Assignment. Here they speak about leaving Japan at short notice with both sadness and gospel joy. At the time of this posting, they are in quarantine in Sydney, before returning to Melbourne. Good news! COVID-19 has not stopped the ministry of the gospel. […]

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COVID Isolation and Christ

CMS missionary Maggie Crewes serves with Retrak in Cambodia. Here she speaks of the strangeness and comfort of the recent COVID-19 Easter. Easter 2020 was one to remember! No physical church services as we practised ‘loving our neighbour’ by isolating ourselves in our little corners of the world to stop the spread of COVID-19. Here’s […]

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The decision to remain

CMS Worker Caroline is married to Warwick, who pastors an international church in the Middle East. Here Caroline talks about a hard decision: remain on location or return home. This article was written just before Easter.  COVID-19 has changed all of our lives. Freedoms in my city have been reducing over the last weeks. We are now on lockdown and […]

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COVID-19 Update from CMS Australia

In Colossians 4:3 Paul writes from prison, “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ for which I am in chains.” Please pray that prayer for our missionaries as they share Jesus with people during the coronavirus pandemic. Even as […]

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Just in time! The Big Picture Bible reaches Timor-Leste

CMS missionaries Chris and Grace Adams have made the decision to stay in Timor-Leste during the COVID-19 crisis. Here they outline the situation where they are serving, and share great news of a long-term project that is at last bearing fruit: the Tetun language edition of The Big Picture Story Bible.  Timor-Leste isn’t exempt from the world-wide spread of COVID-19. People here have tested […]

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A viral threat leads to great gospel openings with this question: ‘Aren’t you afraid?’

CMS missionaries Dave & Leoni Painter serve in Cambodia, where Dave lectures at Phnom Penh Bible School. As a direct result of the Coronavirus crisis, they have discovered some extraordinary opportunities for evangelism.  Hope School (where our daughter Grace attends), the Phnom Penh Bible School where I lecture, and all Christian churches have just been shut by order […]

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COVID-19 Update from CMS Australia

“God is our help and strength, an ever present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). The psalmist was facing a crisis very different from that which we are facing today, but the same assurance stands. Our God is our refuge and we must look confidently to him in times of trouble. In verse 10 of the […]

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COVID-19 response from CMS

The current spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 is having a continuing global effect, as health authorities worldwide work to deal with existing cases and limit its further spread. CMS has taken a number of steps in response to the information obtained from the World Health Organisation and the Australian Government. CMS is regularly updating all […]

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