Phil and Carolyn began serving in West Africa in 2013. The region was relatively stable at the time, with good inter-communal relationships making it safe for local Christians and Western missionaries to live and work there. Tragically, the security situation has now deteriorated, bringing many changes to life and ministry.
A and S serve in Serbia, where they have been planting a church for several years. What is life like in a small but growing church plant? And how does that affect family life with three young children? A describes her typical week.
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.
When Daryl and Julia Jones made a missionary visit to Latvia to see the Firths and the Evans’s in Riga, it brought back memories of a previous visit twenty years ago.
As the plane took off our minds went back to the turn of the century when we made our first pastoral visit to Riga.
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.
Graham and Sally Jones work in Western Kenya, partnering with local churches to train and mentor their pastors. Caleb is one of the pastors they seek to help.
‘This is Caleb,’ said Pastor Daniel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our two Envision summer teams in 2018 went to Poland, to work with Andrzej and Monika Kempczyński, and to Wick in Caithness, to help the Harbour Mission Church where former GBM missionary Gilbert McAdam is pastor. We were disappointed that teams to Latvia and Italy had to be cancelled due to lack of volunteers. Here the two teams tell their story.
Partnerships are often crucial in the work of mission. In recent years, Derek French of GBM Radio has had a fruitful partnership with Gerard and Philippa Chrispin and their prison ministry. Here Derek and Gerard explain how that has been working.