Though you do not see him: OMF April 2017

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible” (1 Peter 1:8)

As Peter writes to the believers scattered across the Roman empire in the first century he is well aware of the challenges that they face. For many the pressure to conform would have been immense and the risk of identifying as a believer in the crucified Messiah would have been high. Continue reading

Mission Monday’s: Support fewer missionaries!

That’s right! Support less missionaries is what I’m saying. Have I lost it? No, I don’t think so. It may seem like a totally counter-intuitive thing to say but hear me out. Allow me to use an analogy from daily life. There are lots of things you would like to do aren’t there? Places to see and things to get involved with. New sports, recipes, careers, languages, skills etc…. But realistically, it is impossible to do all of them given the demands of daily life.  Continue reading

Mission Mondays: Giving Thanks While Continuing to Run

How can we be more practical? This is the question which many people ask when it comes to global missions and engaging with the local community. On one level this is a fair question from (usually) good motives. Churches obviously want to be able to communicate  in a way which is accessible to those outside. That being said it is important that we don’t over look the most practical thing available to us.  Continue reading

Mission Mondays: Engaging With The Nations

It can be easy for Christians in western nations to forget that there are many people who have still never heard the good news of Jesus. More than this, that they have not even heard that the man Jesus existed in the first place. All to quickly we become complacent about the gospel of Christ. We get more caught up with the important issues of life like the next episode of Made in Chelsea or the next major sporting event.  Continue reading

Mission Mondays: Sacrificing Earl Grey Tea

Every Monday I hope to make this a regular slot where we can bring mission to the front of our minds.

To get us started here is a short article I was asked to write reflecting on some of the simple difficulties of cross cultural work which we saw in S.E.Asia.

Picture the scene with me. After a long days work in the heat of Thailand all you want is a nice drink. Patiently you wait for your order of earl grey tea to arrive only to discover that what you have instead is a green tea latte. Disappointment and frustration quickly take over and you begin to ask “why am I even here? I know how to get tea in Britain”. It all seems so futile because you can’t even order a cup of the earl’s finest. Continue reading