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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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The water of life

Clean water is a luxury that we frequently take for granted. But many communities in South Asia have limited access to clean water. A CMS worker serving in the region as a water engineer shares about his work and his hope for all to experience ‘living water’.  “Whoever drinks the water I give them will […]

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God changing hearts in the Northern Territory

CMS missionaries Tavis and Kate Beer serve in the Northern Territory, supporting Aboriginal church leaders and developing ministry resources. Here they share stories of some of the ways God is at work in the NT.  It is an enormous privilege to sit with Christian leaders, pastors and emerging church leaders and hear how God has been at work […]

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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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Seeing God’s ‘hidden’ blessings

CMS missionary Amy Stephens serves in Argentina, a country that continues to struggle with high COVID numbers and resulting economic and social problems. Despite the pandemic, she continues to meet with and train university students, often remotely. She shares how God is teaching her to count her blessings.   “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, […]

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Rethinking time in South East Asia

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the plans for many who serve with CMS. Some have been unable to return to their location, others have been stranded, waiting for flights to Australia. As CMS worker Rowan has waited to return to South East Asia, he has reflected on this ‘new normal’ and how different cultures think about time.  The ‘new normal’  There has been a lot of talk recently about what […]

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Meeting physical and spiritual needs

CMS missionaries Nathan and Maki Clapham have been working with students and their local church in Japan since 2013. Maki is also involved in a local ministry to homeless people in Tokyo.  Homelessness might not be something that comes to your mind when you think about Japan. Yet, there are those who have fallen through the system and ended up living on the streets. Let […]

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