We moved on, but God didn’t

Walking alongside students’ needs time, prayer, and miracles! But what if, after all the prayers, there are no miracles – when is it time to move on with life? Larry shares two stories from his student ministry in Germany.

Local believers bring hope across Turkey

Ahmet* told us he had never received anything of real value before. As we gave him the good news of salvation and told the story of Peter walking on water, sinking because of his fears, we explained, “Jesus is reaching out his hand and he can hold you”. Ahmet started to cry.

Focus on… Portugal

Portugal has a population of approximately 10.5 million, with over a tenth living in the capital, Lisbon. Despite development in the major cities, there is much poverty, and traditional farming methods provide a meagre living in the country areas, with the main agricultural products being wine, olive oil and cork.

Wrestling with Men, for God

When we moved to Central Asia six years ago, I never imagined that God would use physical combat with other men to share the gospel and transform lives for the kingdom.

TCKs: Teens and Peer Pressure

The teenage years often seem to be all about fitting in; being one of the gang. Rosalind Brown, UFM's TCK Coordinator, considers some practical tips for helping children of mission workers navigate this time in their lives.

Focus on… Mongolia

Mention Mongolia and most people think of Chinghis Khan, the thirteenth century chieftain who united the warring Mongolian tribes to form the largest land empire the world has ever seen. Today the empire is gone, but the people remain as fiercely proud of their heroic leader as ever.

Investing in people in Nicaragua

After our first term in Nicaragua we almost left. We came to a crisis point in our ministry and were frustrated. We arrived just after Hurricane Mitch in 1999 and saw many being converted. Evangelical churches were growing, but they were messy. Opportunities were abundant but difficult and fragile.

Relaunching Operation Centurion

In Luke 7 we read of a Roman centurion in Capernaum whom the Jewish elders warmly commended to Jesus. They told him, “He loves our nation and has built our Synagogue.” Jesus commended the man’s faith and healed his servant. This incident provides the inspiration for UFM’s Operation Centurion ministry.

‘Whom shall I fear?’ – a war zone in Europe

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). David begins Psalm 27 with these words, yet the honest truth is that there are many things around us that make us afraid.

What’s it like…preparing to go

“You’re moving to Italy? When can we visit?!” Whenever we share that we’re re-locating to Tuscany, people’s eyes light up. Rolling hills, cypress trees lining winding roads, guaranteed golden sunshine, endless vineyards and olive groves, and of course the world-famous gelato ... who wouldn’t want to live there?

Characteristics of a Supportive Church: Bible Study Part 3

“Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.” 3 John: 8 In our last two bible studies, we looked at what it means to be a sending church. This study continues that theme, but focuses on how we can be a supportive church to those we send.

Annual Review 2020-21

It's a joy to share our Annual Review with you. As we look back together on 2020-2021, the Covid-19 pandemic has of course presented the backdrop to all of our lives. It’s humbling to see what God has been doing in and through the UFM family during these days and we give all the praise to Him.

Pray for Myanmar

On 1st February 2021, the Myanmar military seized power. They arrested the democratically elected leaders and declared a one-year state of emergency, now extended to two. Although pro-democracy demonstrations were peaceful, the military quickly resorted to lethal force, arbitrary detentions, torture and executions.