CMS are holding an online day on 21st April exploring Pioneer Practice – sharing wisdom, struggles, stories and how it works on the ground. There will be multiple venues, an interactive labyrinth and prayer spaces, themed conversations, research findings, workshops, networking spaces – a place to meet friends old and new, to be inspired and encouraged.
With the UK's latest influx of migrants potentially coming from Hong Kong, we have a renewed challenge to be hospitable and welcome the stranger into our communities and churches (when the restrictions allow). Connie Yu from Chinese Overseas Christian Mission gives us some great biblical and personal reasons why we should open our hearts and our homes.
The secondhand books market has benefitted hugely from online selling. The trouble is there are a huge number of secondhand booksellers. If only there was one search engine that covered the majority of them. Sylvia puts the case for secondhand books and tells us about such a search engine and how you might find books on some of those specialist subjects like mission.
OSCAR is 21 years old this month! This time last year, just before coronavirus hit, we celebrated our 20th birthday with a Mission Resources Exhibition and reception alongside the Midlands CRE in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. It seems like a different age! You can see a short video and read about the event at https://oscar.org.uk/mre and you can read about OSCAR's history and impact over the years via the link below.
Lockdown has highlighted that we need to be connected with others and how much we miss the active support of relationships. This works for organisations as well as individuals. This month's guest author, Steve Beegoo, encourages us to re-invest in our connections and support of others to rediscover the mutual benefit that we all crave.
So what does it mean for a family who believe they should heed a call to go to all nations with good news? What will it mean for a child in that family? For the first time, adult children of missionaries tell their stories in a new book dealing with joys, grief, faith, cultural adaptation and relationships.
If you have returned from overseas in the last year and are struggling with the partial transition back to UK culture because of lockdown restrictions, this day course, run by OSCAR, will teach you the basics about making a healthy transition from one culture to another. It's also useful for those who want to understand and give care to those who have returned.