The conflict in Eastern Ukraine erupted early in 2014, when Russian-supported separatists took control of parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, known as the Donbass. It has claimed an estimated 13,000 lives, and displaced over one million people as refugees and internally displaced people. Although this war rumbles on it is now largely forgotten by our mainstream media. Yet the Lord’s people have found that gospel opportunities abound in this troubled area, as reports from two contacts show.
GBM works in close partnership with OneHundredFold, helping to support Keith Charlton in his ministry and distributing some OneHundredFold resources through our Radio team. Ben Griffin, Director of Communications (UK) for OneHundredFold, tells us how the work has been growing and bearing fruit.
Theo and Sonja Donner have served in Medellín, Colombia since 1983. Theo teaches at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia (FUSBC) which is based in this rambling city of 2.4 million people. Like almost every part of the world, much of daily life in Colombia was shut down due to the coronavirus, although Medellín had at that time recorded relatively few cases.
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.
P and S live and serve in a Central Asian republic, where they lead the student movement in the country. After four lean and difficult years, the last academic year has been exceptional in the amount of fruit they have seen. P writes to share these encouragements.
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.
In 2009 Andrzej and Monika Kempczyński were sent by Grace Baptist Chapel in Tottenham to plant a church in their native Poland. They continue serving faithfully in this ministry in Legionowo, a large town about 23km north of Warsaw. Andrzej reports on how God has been at work among them, despite the impact of coronavirus.
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.
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.
Jean Ellis looks back on the way the Lord led her to serve in Austria. GBM’s support for Jean ceased as she reached 70, though she continues to serve the Lord in Austria as a ‘pensioner’!
Can the death of a baby really be part of God’s plan?
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.
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.
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).