Andrew Cook produces and presents GBM Radio’s programme Serving Today. This is a weekly programme for pastors and leaders in the Developing World, teaching the Bible clearly and addressing the issues that they face in their work.
GBM’s Serving Today’s radio programmes support those involved in preaching and teaching the Bible to God’s people mainly in the developing world.
In October 2019 we enjoyed a visit from Hanson Manova, an Indian pastor from Namakkal in Tamil Nadu. Hanson trained in the evangelical theological seminary in Hosur near Bangalore, but has recently returned to his home town as an interim pastor to find a successor for his father, Stanley Jones, as pastor.
Daryl and Julia Jones made a field visit to Zambia in November 2019 to visit Chris and Helen Hawthorne and their family at Proclamation Institute Zambia, and to take part in the end of year conference.
It was a typical November day as we got on the coach for Heathrow. The watery sun was setting and it was 4˚C.
They say that when in Rome, do as the Romans do. In summer months, that means leaving Rome for the seaside in a desperate attempt to escape the heat. Yet on 28 June, the Rome Envision Team was doing the exact opposite.
Colin Grimwood (Grundisburgh Baptist Church) describes the joys and challenges of a visit to today’s India.
India continues to fascinate me: the busy streets, the continuous hooting of the traffic, the numerous small shops and street stalls, the simple uncluttered homes, the bright colours (of saris and houses) and the friendliness of the people (they always respond to ‘Vanakkam’ with hands held together and a bow of the head).
Ian Flanders of GBM Radio was invited to visit Togo in West Africa, which is sandwiched between Ghana and Benin, and two countries west of Nigeria. Christians there regularly listen to Ian’s French language radio programmes. This was an important opportunity to connect with his audience.
‘How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news.’ Arequipa is certainly well supplied with mountains. Jim Sayers introduces us to a hillside community where Anthony and Roxy Green have started work.
Jim Sayers made a field visit to Arequipa, Peru, in March, to visit our workers. Ronny and Rocio Tipismana now lead the church in Simon Bolivar, which is growing fast. Here Jim gives his reflections on what is happening in the church.
So it turns out moving country isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. We arrived in November and three out of five of us wanted to go straight back home within a month! It is an odd feeling, being unsure about almost everything you are doing. It is even harder when you have your family with you and you feel completely responsible for the tears and tantrums caused by upping sticks and leaving everything and everyone you know behind.
Daniel Caballero was based in his native Peru until 2019. He married Ellie in May last year, and then encountered visa problems getting back into the UK to start a PhD. He and Ellie are now based in Ireland. Here he reports on what he has been doing in Peru.
Jason and Andrea Murfitt returned to the UK last summer after twelve years’ service in Brazil. Here Jason reports on a visit to Madeira, to investigate the possibility of serving there and planting a new church.
I was twenty-five years old when I met Ban Forsyth (then in his late 90s; he lived to be over 100).
James Hammond has served in Bordeaux for four years, focussed mainly on ministry to students through GBU (Groupes Bibliques Universitaires). He has also been involved in Bordeaux Church, an international church in Central Bordeaux. Now he has joined the leadership of a new French church-plant in the centre of the city, Eglise Bordeaux Chartrons.