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Checkpoint Summer 2021: From reciprocity to reconciliation

How does ‘grace’ work in a place where the rule for maintaining good relations is not grace but reciprocity? CMS missionary Joel Atwood, working with students in Vanuatu, explains. Vanuatu is an intensely relational country. Even though it’s a little unfair to treat over 115 language groups across 96 islands as a single entity, a […]

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Relaunching student ministry in Vanuatu

CMS missionaries Joel and Tiffanie Atwood are working with university students in Vanuatu. They share how God is at work despite a tumultuous start to the year.   It’s been a wild month for us here in Vanuatu. We haven’t had to face the anxieties of lockdowns or spikes in case numbers, but we have had about 15 earthquakes, 2 tropical cyclones, and a tsunami all in the space of a month.   Thankfully, most […]

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In, Through, and For Christ – centering student groups around Jesus

CMS missionaries Joel & Tiff Atwood, serving in Vanuatu, faced the challenge of providing training for a student group that was initially pushed to scrap Bible teaching. How did they navigate cultural difficulties to help leaders think differently? The last few years has been full of new things. It feels like we’re always exploring new […]

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