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

18 Aug 14
Holiday for TCKs aged 6-12 years
Location: Edale, Derbyshire
6 Sep 14
Partnership in Mission
Location: London
10 Sep 14
Personal Integrity and Restoration
Location: Northampton
17 Sep 14
Topic: Celebrating God at work across Europe
Location: London
23 Sep 14
Encouraging Spritual Growth in TCKs
Location: Birmingham
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

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

Ecuador
Life in abundance: Please pray for those with disabilities in Ecuador. Many suffer discrimination and are ignored, while those who care for them often do not have the knowledge, tools or resources to know how to help. Please pray for projects like Life in Abundance Trust, which works with children with learning difficulties, helping them to become more independent and assisting them in accessing the resources to which they should be entitled through the state. Pray especially for a new initiative for mid-to-late teens in vocational training so that they might even be able to gain some form of employment.  (Church Mission Society - July 2014)
Serbia
My First Bible: OM EAST works in partnership with the Roma Bible Union to share the gospel with Roma groups in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Arli in Serbia. Together, they produced an illustrated family Bible in the Arli language. My First Bible is capturing the attention of both adults and children. Recently one of the Roma Bible Union team members, Kristof*, gave a copy to an Arli man. As he left, Kristof was deeply moved by what he had witnessed. “It was so touching to see him react to having a Bible in his own language,” Kristof said. “He just held it and said over and over ‘this is my language’.” The man’s response is a powerful example of how important it is for people to receive God’s truth in the language closest to their heart. *Name changed (Operation Mobilisation - July 2014)
United Kingdom
Programmes in Urdu and Hindi: There are a number of radio stations in the UK serving the Asian community but very few of these ever broadcast programmes with a Christian flavour. One group of radio producers in Yorkshire are trying to reverse this trend by producing creative programmes in Urdu and Hindi covering major Christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter. Pray for Whistling Frog Productions and their on-going campaign to bring the name of Jesus onto local Asian commercial radio stations and for listeners to respond to his life-changing message.  (Reach Beyond - July 2014)
Vietnam
Caring for the environment: Vietnam’s rivers and waterways are seriously contaminated and the air in big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is heavily polluted. Most people wear face masks when they drive by motorbike through downtown areas, but few local people think about protecting the natural world which God created. Pray for people to become aware of the seriousness of the pollution of Vietnam’s ecosystems, and to learn to care for their natural environments.  (OMF International UK - July 2014)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Discipling Christian students: St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a scenic multi-island state. It is predominantly a ‘Christian’ state where there is freedom of religious practice. However, many students have a lot of problems - broken families, low moral values, the carnival culture and easy availability of marijuana. ISCCF is a movement seeking to disciple Christian students there. Pray for new investment as the group seeks to establish a much-needed national leadership team and to put in place more role model leaders to challenge and encourage students. Pray too for students themselves, that they would be godly examples to those around them.  (IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - July 2014)
Brazil
A great opportunity: During June and July the eyes of the sporting world have been on Brazil as it hosts the FIFA World Cup. With 90% of Brazil's 200 million people claiming to be Christians, 50 million are evangelicals, making this one of the largest evangelical populations in the world. Brazilian Christians are great prayer warriors, known for their huge prayer gatherings and sustained intercession. The World Cup has provided the Brazilian church with a great opportunity for communicating the gospel to people from every nation. There will have been be visitors in Brazil from countries that are not open to the gospel. Pray that exposure to the gospel while in Brazil will make a lasting impact on the spiritual journeys of many visitors.  (WEC International - July 2014)
Mozambique
Peace and justice for all: While the many and varied natural resources of Mozambique are starting to impact the country, the major challenge for the government is to be sure that all the population benefit. With national elections only months away, pray for the country, its people and its government, that there will be peace and justice for all and that the church will continue to have a positive influence.  (BMS World Mission - July 2014)
Sri Lanka
Increasing persecution: In June, a pastor and three members of his congregation were hospitalised following a mob attack in Sri Lanka’s Mannar district. The Christians had gathered at a home in Madu village for a meeting with police to discuss threats made to Christians who had attended a prayer meeting there the previous day. As the Christians waited for the police, some 150 villagers surrounded the house and started to abuse them. Around 40 people then stormed the house, beating the pastor unconscious and assaulting other Christians. Police arrived only after the mob had fled. Pray for God to restore those who have been injured or traumatised by recent attacks. Pray for Christians in Sri Lanka to stand firm in their faith amidst increasing persecution.  (Release International - July 2014)