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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
‘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.
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.
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).
How does your church organize their giving? We were contacted recently by one church pastor, David Campbell, who told how his church in Preston had come up with a simple but different idea to share the load of funding world mission. Here is his story:
At the AGM of North Preston Evangelical Church in November 2017 I reported on the financial difficulties then facing Grace Baptist Mission.
OneHundredFold is a ministry of UFM that uses a range of media platforms to provide ministry resources for use across the world. This summer they ran an Envision team with GBM in Mission centre in Abingdon.
Our radio studios in Mission Centre in Abingdon are one of GBM’s undiscovered treasures.