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

13 Nov 14
The church and recent events.
Location: London
19 Nov 14
Topic: Coaching – a valuable tool?
Location: London
17 Mar 15
TBA
Location: London
21 May 15
Topic: TBA
Location: London
6 Jul 15
tba
Location: Birmingham
8 Aug 15
A retreat for mission partners
Location: North Shropshire
19 Nov 15
Topic: TBA
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

Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen
Innovative evangelism: Though expatriate Christians have opportunity for discreet sharing of the gospel in the Arabian Peninsula, arrests, imprisonments and deportations still occur for those who evangelise or distribute christian literature unwisely. Despite the difficulties, Christians are finding innovative ways to share their faith. One person shared recently: “Each week I, and some other men, prayer-walk around different parts of the city. Now we want to ‘tour’ all the coffee shops and see if there are people we can talk to. If there aren’t, we’ll still pray.” Pray that: these believers would have good conversations with people in the coffee shops; they will be enabled to sensitively share something of their faith and the gospel. In some homes the television is on almost permanently. Since Arab women rarely leave the house, the television is like a window onto the outside world. Pray that it would be a ‘window’ to the truth, providing glimpses of God’s love. (WEC International - October 2014)
Cuba
Million Bible Mission: Cuba has seen unprecedented church growth in recent years. According to estimates, the evangelical church is currently growing at a rate of 10-25% per year in the country. While the island nation has a number of seminaries, a significant number of lay leaders have had little or no Bible training, and many believers do not own a copy of the Bible, forcing them to share. In response to this need, UBS (comprising some 146 Bible Societies worldwide) has joined with the Bible Commission of Cuba to launch a campaign called the ‘Million Bible Mission’. The goal is to provide 1 million Bibles for Cubans as well as resources and leadership training to support the growing church. (Reach Beyond - September 2014)
Georgia
'Different Christians': Christianity came to Georgia in the fourth century; today 90% of the population consider themselves to be Orthodox Christians and most of them think that orthodoxy is only true way to God. It is challenging, therefore, to be a ‘different Christian’ - for example, an evangelical or a Roman Catholic. The greatest strength of student groups is the caring relationships among Christians. This positive atmosphere attracts students. The main challenge to students is the hostile attitude of many people towards evangelicals. Pray for more faithful student leaders and for a vision for student work in churches. (IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - September 2014)
Papua New Guinea
Evacuating the sick: Last year MAF served people living in more than 270 remote locations in Papua New Guinea. One of the most important ministries is the evacuation of the sick and injured from remote communities with pilots often having to respond to requests for flights at very short notice. Pray for fast and effective treatment for their patients like Naha - a young boy recently medevaced from a remote village called Owena after suffering a bite from a venomous Death Adder. Naha was flown out to a main centre to receive successful treatment. Praise God for his full recovery and pray for positive outcomes for the hundreds of patients MAF flies in PNG each year. (Mission Aviation Fellowship UK - September 2014)
United Kingdom
'Journeying With' initiative: A diagnosis of sight loss can mean isolation and loneliness. Positive feedback from the Torch Journeying With initiative piloted in Northern Ireland suggests that people losing their sight find a trained volunteer befriender is – quite literally – a Godsend. The befriending service will now be rolled out around the UK. Following training, a befriender gets alongside someone newly diagnosed for up to six months. He or she helps as someone deals with the emotional, social and physical impact of sight loss on their everyday life, supporting them as they make adjustments.  (Torch Trust for the Blind - September 2014)
Niger
Raising awareness about leprosy: Pray for the success of work to raise awareness about leprosy in Niger where government health staff can now be trained to detect and treat the condition. The Leprosy Mission is able to provide free medicine, surgery and help with disability prevention. On top of this, five leprosy-affected communities near the hospital in Danja are to receive help with housing, sanitation, education and vocational training. Pray that more people affected by leprosy will come forward to receive assistance after learning about symptoms and treatment. (The Leprosy Mission England and Wales - September 2014)
Tajikistan
Ruled by fear: Tajikistan is a mountainous, landlocked country in central Asia. Until the twentieth century there were no known Christians in the area. Now the Holy Spirit seems to be at work, and many believe that this is God's time for spiritual breakthrough in Tajikistan. A number of Tajiks have heard the gospel and believe, but fearing their families’ and communities' reactions they don’t acknowledge their decision to follow Christ. This greatly hampers the growth of the church and of those individual Christians who are ruled by fear rather than faith and perfect love. Give thanks that God is at work and pray for Christians living in this difficult situation. (IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) - September 2014)
Chad
The Bilala: Chad has been ripped apart by civil war, and 80% of the population now lives below the poverty line. Medical care and services are greatly lacking in this Central African nation, and with the prevalence of HIV / AIDS, life expectancy in the Republic of Chad is just 40-42 years (Prayercast.com). Pray for workers to go to Chad to effectively share the good news with the Biblala people and for the hearts of the people to be open to it. Pray too that humanitarian aid would be brought to the country and to this people group. (Frontiers - September 2014)