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The gospel is not bound by COVID

CMS workers Warwick & Caroline serve at a church in the Middle East. Despite lockdowns and restrictions, they are convinced that the gospel cannot be stopped.    “But God’s word is not chained. Therefore, I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” 2 Timothy 2:9, 10   As […]

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Becoming Christian through COVID

CMS workers J & D are based in the Middle East, in an area hard hit by COVID. Nonetheless they continue to see people become Christians through their online church. Here J & D provide a picture of a desert region where, under lockdown, the gospel continues to grow.  As COVID continues into another year […]

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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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Italian gospel growth during lockdown. Part 2: some personal stories 

CMS missionary Gillian Law works with the Italian student group Gruppi Biblici Universitari (GBU, the University Bible Group. Here in part 2 of her account of gospel growth under lockdown (part 1 is here) she shares encouraging personal stories of how gospel work continues.  What has ministry in Italy looked like during COVID-19 lockdown? In […]

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Italian gospel growth during COVID lockdown. Part 1

CMS missionary Gillian Law works with the Italian student group Gruppi Biblici Universitari (GBU, the University Bible Group). Here Gillian speaks of what ministry before COVID-19 was like, and what it has now become.  There’s no typical week in university ministry here in Rome. But during the academic year, which is short and sharp, it’s […]

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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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