Did you know around half a million Africans study abroad, with about 1 in 5 going to East Asia? International churches are a unique opportunity to equip the African church, since they constitute about 70-80% of their congregation in many East Asian cities.
Ireland can be a confusing place: one island, but two jurisdictions (with an invisible border); Irish (Gaelic) is the first official language yet almost no-one speaks it regularly; we are fiercely proud of our native sports (Gaelic football and hurling) but you may see more teenagers wearing Premier League football shirts.
Julien left the Jehovah’s Witness movement, hungry for spiritual truth – one of a number just like him whom we’ve been amazed to see the Lord bring us into contact with in recent years. Then there’s Hassan, a refugee from a Muslim background, whose heart has been touched by biblical truth.
They arrived late, eyes anxious, and fidgeted throughout the study. As Marcelo spoke, he couldn’t help but notice a group of unfamiliar faces. When the Bible study ended, the group sprang up to approach Marcelo.
Complete curfew here in Turkey started on Easter Sunday. The only people I could visit were those in my own building. So I brought Easter gifts to three families. This has led to a closer relationship with them, and I was thrilled to receive some freshly baked bread from one.
Twenty seven years ago we knocked on doors in a street in France, to share the gospel. A conversation with one man led on to Bible studies. Next week we will see this man in Paris: a keen believer whose journey to faith started in that doorway.