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Inspiring mission videos

This is Our Story: The Philippines
A small group of churches in the Philippines is determined to be part of the Great Commission; whatever it takes - 5mins 45secs
Secret Children
Highlighting the plight of children in countries where Christians are persecuted - 5mins 56secs
Prayercast
A series of short videos to help pray for different countries around the world
North Korean testimony
An 18 year old Christian from North Korea sharing her testimony at the Lausanne Congress at Cape Town in 2010 - 8mins 41secs
This is Our Story: El Salvador
Members of a church in El Salvador share how the church has become practically involved in mission - 5mins 28secs

Recent articles

Hon Khoi salt fields in Vietnam - Photo by Quangpraha
As you read the opportunities in this publication, you may well be asking yourself, “Will it be worth it?” But let’s ask the question from another angle. Let’s start with the cross of Christ and ask of that, what is that worth?
A Wind in the House of Islam
This book explores the stories of more than 1,000 Muslim-background followers of Jesus Christ. Join Dr. Garrison in this amazing journey of discovery, tracing the work of the Holy Spirit as it blows through the House of Islam.
A Wind in the House of Islam
A Review Article of A Wind in the House of Islam: How God is Drawing Muslims around the World to Faith in Jesus Christ, by David Garrison
Kyoto, Japan - Photo by Cooper Smith
It’s not an uncommon perception that missionaries no longer need to be sent from here (the United Kingdom) to there (the rest of the world). Eddie Arthur explores some of the questions and myths that surround this perception.
The NEW annual Hindu World Prayer Focus is calling Christians and churches worldwide to take 15 days to learn about and pray for our world’s over one billion Hindu friends.

Latest prayer points

New Caledonia
Students bringing Christ to New Calendonia: Two students attended an IFES South Pacific Regional Conference in August 2018 and were inspired by the stories of student ministry, particularly in the Solomon Islands, a movement started just a few years before. They returned inspired to start Christian student witness there. By the end of 2018 they had students interested and in the new term of 2019 the first meeting of Groupe Biblique Universitaire de Nouvelle Calédonie  (GBU-NC) took place. Ten students gathered, predominantly from the indigenous people group. Pray that they would be able to reach out to other communities and make GBU-NC a place where students from different backgrounds feel welcome.
Japan
Shining a light for Jesus: Many Japanese subscribe to the practices of Buddhism and Shintoism. Even if they have no real belief in either, as is often the case, Japanese will follow these customs out of respect for community traditions or under pressure from familial expectations. Shintoism is polytheistic, teaching that many aspects of life have associated ‘spirits’ or ‘essences’ to which the Japanese can appeal at many dedicated shrines scattered across the nation. Pray that the Japanese would discover that their true needs are met in the one Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for Christians from strict Buddhist or Shinto backgrounds to shine a light and lead those around them to Christ. Pray that all of the enemy’s spiritual strongholds in Japan would be torn down.
Brunei
True riches in Brunei: Brunei is a tiny country in southeast Asia that suffers from severe Islamic oppression. Christians experience persecution in many areas of life. It is estimated that Brunei has more mosques per square kilometre than any other country in the world. The country is one of the few absolute monarchies left in the world. The sultan has complete executive power, unconstrained by politicians or parliament. Sadly, there are only a handful of believers among them. All Brunei Malay are classified as Muslims at birth. Conversion is considered illegal, and believers from Muslim backgrounds come under intense pressure to return to their original faith. Pray that the Lord would protect those who work among the Brunei Malay for the sake of the gospel. The Brunei Malay are generally very wealthy, with many having luxurious homes and a number of cars. Pray that worldly wealth would not leave them complacent in seeking spiritual truth. Pray for the establishment of more evangelical churches in Brunei.
China
Surveillance of Christians: The surveillance and influencing of Christians by the government is increasing. Alongside churches that have been forced to close, there is a clear message: ‘religion will damage your education, your career, and your future prospects’. Please pray for teachers, lecturers, and civil servants who are being told they should have no religious affiliations, and that active Christian life could mean they lose their job and apartment and prevent them getting any other good job. Pray also for children who are being taught that religion is anti-communist and therefore against all that China stands for. Pray that they will understand they can be a good citizen while also being a faithful Christian.