15 December 2017

News

Reverse Missionaries’ from Latin America

The recent BBC series, ‘Reverse Missionaries’, was quite a hit!

Everybody’s talking about it! Three missionaries from other cultures shipped in to see if they could get the secularised British to listen to the gospel again. And they did… to some extent, but was that just because the TV cameras were there? What it did show was that someone with time to make relationships in the community, relate well to young people, and show God’s love in practical ways, can get a hearing.

But this is nothing new – Latin Link has known this for a long time. Over ten years ago, Latin Link brought their first Latin  American ‘reverse missionaries’ to Britain. They are serving God through the local church in some of the toughest places in our cities, especially among groups of migrants and those whom the church has found hardest to reach. And they didn’t go home after three weeks. They are still here, seeing God do extraordinary things!

More recently, Emilio from Argentina has come to work with a church in Melksham for a year. He helps run groups for local children and elderly people, who hugely appreciate him, and has encouraged the church to begin reaching out to teenagers at the local skate park.

Sayuri from Peru has just arrived to work alongside a church in Bethnal Green. She’s helping with their youth and children’s work, along with outreach to vulnerable women.

Bring a fresh approach to your church 

If you think that your church could benefit from the expertise and enthusiasm of a Latin American ‘reverse missionary’ then get in touch with us.

We’re currently looking for placements of 6-24 months for more individuals and families, like Carolina from Chile, who has skills in working with children with disabilities and helping them grow in faith; and the Marroquin family, experienced evangelists from Guatemala.

Does your church long to reach out more effectively to its local community? How about welcoming a Latin American to work alongside you, bringing inspiration, expertise and a fresh approach?

Contact Latin Link email. ireland@latinlink.org tel. 028 90 457567 web. latinlink.org.uk

Triple suicide bomb attack on Nigerian churches

raThree suicide bomb attacks took place on three churches in Kaduna. This was the third consecutive Sunday that has seen gun or bomb attacks on churches in northern or central states, causing widespread devastation and loss of lives. Several people were wounded, including Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s Nigeria Coordinator for the area.

According to our contacts and partners on the ground, without urgent prayer the future of Nigeria looks desperately bleak.

Speaking of his heartbreak at the incessant bombings, Anglican Archbishop of Jos, Benjamin Kwashi, said, “Weekends are now a terror for Christians in northern and central Nigeria. My heart truly bleeds at the unnecessary killings and I am deeply saddened that in a nation like Nigeria there are people who sponsor, plan, train and support people to execute evil specifically targeted against worship of God on Sundays by Christians in churches.”

Christians in Nigeria are asking for worldwide prayers to help bring an end to this horrific violence.

Faith Mission Bookshop Wins Prestigious Retail Award

The Faith Mission bookshop in Portadown is the UK’s number one retail group shop of the year for Christian booksellers.

The award was presented to them recently at the Christian Resources Together awards ceremony at the Hayes Conference Centre in England.

Jim McKee the manager of Faith Mission Portadown said he was shocked and surprised to receive the award but honoured to accept it on behalf of all the staff in Portadown and the Faith

Mission organisation.

The awards ceremony is held annually and is the largest within Christian publishing and bookselling.

Running for Ireland: Joanna Mills

A 19 year old Co. Antrim girl, has a big future in the 400m. Joanna Mills is representing Ireland in the World Junior Games held in Barcelona in July. Should the Irish 4x400m relay team qualify for the Olympics Joanna also hopes to be part of the squad. This will be decided based on their performance at the European Championships held in Helsinki, 27th June – 1st July.

Currently the Irish team are in 12th position out of a possible 16 to qualify. A good performance at the Europeans will ensure their place in London. We hope to have further news from Joanna in our next issue. A name to watch out for in the future!

Official Recognition of Service to the Community

Jean Gibson, Northern Ireland Manager of Care for the Family has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to the community in Northern Ireland. Jean is also a popular public speaker and author of 3 books: Journey of Hope, Seasons of Womanhood and her newly released, Joyful in Hope.

Jean says, “While I am delighted to have been honoured in this way I am very conscious of so many, often unmentioned, who freely give their time and talents to serve others. In Care for the Family alone we have over 200 volunteers across the country. Our work could not continue without them.”