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Celebrating redemption with the Easter people

Last night I went for a walk with a friend in the early evening. The dusty streets of this small Middle Eastern town were uncharacteristically quiet, with hardly a person in sight. Most of the shops were boarded up and the sound of car horns was strangely absent. As we walked, we enjoyed the festive lights hung up across the windows and watched the stray cats dart across the road.  

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Everyone loves Christmas (and Ramadan and Diwali…)

After decades of parish-based ministry in Australia, CMS workers Warwick and Caroline have been serving in the Middle East since 2014. Here Caroline shares about life in a city where people love to talk about religion.   Everyone loves Christmas, am I right? Well, you might say, it depends on what part of the world you live in.  […]

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Christmas in the Middle East

CMS missionaries Malcolm and Charissa Forrest serve at a church in Jordan which ministers to expats from around the world. Charissa shares what Christmas looks like in her city, and the challenge this time of year can be for international workers.  Christmas is a strange time to be away from home, especially when you live in a country where […]

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Pray without ceasing

In the Middle East, a number of CMS workers serve in various projects and programs—caring for refugees, sharing life with Muslim families and reading the Bible with local people. These are ministries suffused with prayer. One worker shares a story about her relationship with a refugee family and how the prayers of CMS supporters have […]

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Checkpoint Summer 2021: Communicating grace

CMS worker B serves in the Middle East, teaching English and learning about her adopted culture. Here she speaks of the challenges in communicating grace to Muslims. My lecturer drew her chair closer to mine. It was the last class for my course in formal Arabic at university, and she was conducting a conversational review […]

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