Mission at the heart of the church, the church at the heart of mission
  • Articles from the latest issue of Sphere magazine considering what your church can do to better support your mission partners
  • Articles from Sphere magazine, considering how to go about improving your church mission strategy
  • A free resource with articles written for people considering long-term involvement in mission and a directory of organisation to contact

The UK network for world mission

Global Connections is a growing network of over 300 UK churches and agencies with a passion for mission. Our members include organisations of all sizes working in countries all over the world. Drawing on this wealth of experience, together we seek to address the key challenges in mission today.

Serving the network

Coming events

7 Oct 14
Global trends in Mission
Location: Belfast
8 Oct 14
For whose benefit?
Location: Northampton
9 Oct 14
Building Leaders Worth Following
Location: Hoddesdon
14 Oct 14
Global Change: Exploring Current Trends in Mission
Location: London
15 Oct 14
Women and Islam: beyond the veil
Location: London
16 Oct 14
More than missionaries
Location: London
18 Oct 14
Who is My Muslim Neighbour?
Location: Woking
18 Oct 14
This event has been cancelled
Location: N/A

Key resources

Sphere - A duty of care
A duty of care: Supporting your church's mission partners
Sphere - Any which way?
Any which way?: Improving your church mission strategy
Short-Term Service Directory
A directory of short-term service opportunities in the UK
Master Policy provide insurance solutions for compliance with the Package Travel Regulations
How to join
Find out how to join the network and the advantages that membership provides
Pension and retirement planning schemes provided via Prosperitas
For churches and agencies facilitating short-term mission trips in the UK and worldwide

Latest prayer points

Zambia
Improving access to education: Although children’s right to education is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, many children are denied that right. In Zambia, discrimination against those living with disability means that many disabled children do not have access to school. Praise God for the work of Wukwashi, an organisation working hard to improve access to education for such children. Recently, some of the children for who Wukwashi has found schools were interviewed in national TV about disabled children’s rights to education.  (The Bethany Children's Trust - July 2014)
Egypt
Drug abuse: Drug abuse is a big social issue facing Egypt. In Cairo, around 5% of the population are addicted to some form of drugs, equating to about a million people. Changing social structures in post-revolutionary society, urbanisation, and massive unemployment are all seen as factors. The porousness of Egypt’s borders and the security vacuum since the revolution have also contributed to the illicit drugs trade. The need for care and treatment of addicts is considerable, particularly as provision was recently described in one Egyptian news report as ‘woefully inadequate’. That’s bad news in a country where there are 34 million people aged between ten and 30, creating a big market for drugs and attracting the interests of cartels (according to the UN). Pray for the work of Christian ministries seeking to help Egyptians to break their addictions.  (Tearfund - July 2014)
Timor-Leste
Making a positive impact: East Timor became independent in 2002 following a bloody struggle against Indonesian occupation. Today, unemployment is very high, as is alcohol abuse and gang involvement. Many women and children carry a history of physical and sexual abuse. The Roman Catholicism followed by 99% of the population often incorporates animism and other folk religions. Protestants are generally accused of bringing in a foreign religion, can be the victims of violence and are not permitted to gather on campus. Pray for Christian students to remain strong and not to be ruled by fear of curses that may be invoked on them, even by their families. Pray too for lecturers and principals of schools to see the positive impact Christians make on the campus. Finally, pray for peace and reconciliation for a country torn apart by gangs and violence and for healing from abuse and trauma. (IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - July 2014)
Afghanistan
Signs of spiritual growth: Afghanistan’s landslide in the northeast briefly made international news but thousands still suffer. Over 2,500 are believed to have died, but searching for bodies has stopped and the area declared a mass grave due to overwhelming levels of mud and rock. Pray that those who’ve lost everything, from home and livelihood to loved ones, will reach out to the One who can meet their need. There have also been encouraging signs of spiritual growth in the country. Locals are beginning to tackle the responsibility of teaching and training the few new believers, but face serious harm if discovered. Pray the believers would be protected from harm and strongly equipped, united in faith, and filled with His power, courage, and wisdom.  (AsiaLink - July 2014)
Brunei
Slow and steady deterioration: The position of Christians in Brunei has slowly but steadily deteriorated. Sharia law has been fully implemented since 2011 for all Muslims in the country. Anglican and Catholic churches are the only recognised Christian communities in the country, but even they have to be very careful. Those who convert to Christianity, especially those from a Malay background, face a much higher degree of pressure. It is impossible to print Christian materials in the country and importing them is forbidden. No violent incidents were reported in 2013, yet the level of fear among the Christian minority is very high.  (Open Doors UK and Ireland - July 2014)
Liberia
Calls to my Sister: “Everyone wants to listen to Calls to my Sister, and every child in that community has learnt a lesson from the programme.” These are the comments of a manager from Echo Radio, a Christian radio station in River Cess, Liberia, talking about Calls to my Sister, a short radio programme covering health, nutrition and hygiene topics in an entertaining drama format. The programme has generated a lot of interest and even the Chief of the township has noticed a change in behaviour in people in the community. Pray for continued impact as people make healthier choices based on what they hear on the radio.  (Reach Beyond - July 2014)
United Kingdom
Disability Sunday: Eleven million people in the UK have a life-limiting long-term illness, impairment or disability – that’s one in six of the population, and the number is rising. Society often pushes disabled people to the margins - but are they any better represented in our church congregations? Disability Sunday – this year on 6th July or any convenient Sunday following – is an annual opportunity for churches to consider how they reach out and involve people with disabilities. A free resource pack is available from Churches for All, a network of Christian disability organisations.  (Torch Trust for the Blind - July 2014)
Azerbaijan
Full of energy, passion and hope: The greatest strength of the student ministry in Azerbaijan is a staff team full of energy, passion and hope. Because of restrictions, it is not possible for Christians to meet at universities, so they have formed city groups. Presently, there are groups in three of the four cities, with steps being taken to start in the fourth city. The main challenge is to connect with students, whether Christian or not. The number of Christian students is falling, as they often avoid going to study at university, where there tends to be a lot of corruption.  (IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - July 2014)