Posted on: 16th June 2022
CMS worker J is serving in the Middle East. Here she describes how the telling of Bible stories can open pathways to faith for women and their families. My teammate and I are sitting on mattresses that line the edge of the living room—four refugee women and us. There are five children jostling around me, […]
Posted on: 15th June 2022
In this highly literate context, telling the story (rather than simply reading it) is helping people engage with the gospel. Those who memorise the narrative dwell deeply on the story as they see the patterns and the way it fits together.
Posted on: 14th June 2022
Being in a new town with a new job has made me feel like a beginner again, and I’ve been daily aware of my complete dependence on God.
Posted on: 13th June 2022
Ruth opens a unique door into Israelite family life in the time of Israel’s Judges. It makes it easy to think about the cultural life of the ancient Israelites and the life of our students—the things that seem similar and the things that seem different.
Posted on: 9th June 2022
The most common way we use storytelling is as the initial way of engaging people with the Bible. Before we bring out written passages, we first story-tell and discuss the passage in Bislama, the national creole.
Posted on: 8th June 2022
Listening to stories has been a core element of our language-learning and it continues to be an important means of loving the Timorese people.
Posted on: 7th December 2021
CMS missionaries Adam and Helane Ramsay work in church ministry in the Japanese city of Chiba. Helane shares what Christmas is like for their family in a nation with little exposure to the message of Jesus but lots of fried chicken. Christmas in Japan A boy and a girl stroll through the city hand in hand on a chilly night, looking at the Christmas […]
Posted on: 6th December 2021
CMS missionaries Sam and Shan-Shan Chrisp serve in Taiwan. They share their surprise at the practice of rewarding good behaviour in many areas of Taiwanese culture. One thing we’re learning about in Taiwan is what we call the ‘reward’ culture. Elijah often comes home from preschool with new small toys or food snacks. When we ask him […]
Posted on: 3rd December 2021
CMS missionaries John and Deb serve at a large international church. Deb shares how training and equipping men and women for gospel ministry is an essential part of their church’s work. Despite international delays and restrictions due to COVID-19, our church now has apprentices for the 2021/22 ministry year. Two women and five men from […]
Posted on: 1st December 2021
CMS missionaries Dave and Leoni Painter teach at Phnom Penh Bible College in Cambodia. Here they explain how COVID works in a culture of honour and shame. Different responses to COVID Like most places in the world, mask wearing in Phnom Penh is now ubiquitous, well almost. In early March, masks became compulsory along with a heavy […]