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The Power Of Reporting

Ahhh, reports, reports, reports. Writing reports is by far the worst part of my role at Bright Hope World. But, despite my grumbling, I must acknowledge that they are important. Recently I was working on a report written up based on communications with one of our partners in Egypt. The report said: “Today the team is going to work with 1,500 kids, most of them Muslim, Syrian and Sudanese refugees. Please pray for Sawsan and her team as tomorrow they will travel to two very poor villages in the...

January 22, 2021

The Puzzling Invitation

The mystery of God’s invitation to represent him in our world is worthy of our attention. Have you ever considered the implications of God entrusting his reputation and his message of salvation to us? The risk factors would seem extreme. After all it is God himself who declared us all to be sinners! Personally, as I think of my own inadequacies I am surprised by God’s gracious invitation. The Christian mission is a call to represent God purposefully by sharing the story of the gospel which J...

January 8, 2021

Lies & Death

At Bright Hope World we encourage people to become reliant on God and to strive to be economically self-sustaining. However, we constantly run into worldviews that trap people in poverty. Despite the fact that people might be sitting on fertile land, with plenty of water and an abundance of time, they can't see what they can do. The lies they have learned from their culture trap them in poverty and they don't have enough to eat! The way out for them requires confrontation of the lies a...

December 11, 2020

GC3 Administrator Role

GC3 provides a unique service to our churches and to the people they send to cross-cultural ministries around the world. We also invest in cross-cultural missions’ awareness in young people through a gap-year program and the promotion of funding for institutions and disaster relief. Right now, we are in a phase of transition.  We’re looking for someone called by God to become involved in this dynamic role, using the opportunity to serve God within a well-established Christian charity de...

December 5, 2020

Come Over To Macedonia And Help Us!

I find this part of the biblical account of Paul's life fascinating.  What a man of God Paul became.  A fearless preacher, teacher and evangelist.  His knowledge, steeped in the Tora, enabled him to foot it theologically with the best of Jewish leaders and scholars.  And that was what drove his practice of heading straight to the local synagogue whenever he headed into a new town.  Paul had his methodology down pat.  Here was a proven formula, ordained by God H...

November 28, 2020

Driven By The Power Of God's Call

2020 has been a year in which we have seen many challenges. Not only have our personal lives been impacted, but the whole world has been thrown into chaos and turmoil. Despite all of this uncertainty and mayhem, one thing has remained the same, the gospel message and the need for it to be shared with people and communities far and wide is required more than ever. It would be fair to assume that, with the impact of Covid19 forcing flight restrictions, country lockdowns, medical risks and general ...

October 23, 2020

Gifts to India - UPDATED

We have received a note to say the Indian Government’s Home Ministry has announced that organisations subject to their recent edict have a grace period in which to comply.  Foreign contributions can now continue to be remitted to existing bank accounts until 31 March 2021 or the date a new account is opened with the State Bank of India, New Delhi branch. Thank you for your prayers for this situation and please join with us in thanking God for this revised position.  It enables u...

October 9, 2020

Apprentices of Christ

As you start reading the New Testament you frequently confront the word disciple in the first five Books where it’s used around 250 times. Once you move out of Acts in the Epistles, the word isn’t used again.  In Acts 11:25-26 when Paul is introduced as the one who would proliferate the Gospel out into the Gentile world an interesting transition is revealed. Paul and Barnabas were meeting with the church in Antioch for a year or so and, as they did, the believers began to be known as Ch...

October 2, 2020

Your Generous Response Has Been Overwhelming

"Thank you for thinking of us. May God bless you and we all pray for your safety." She noted that our team member had called to find out exactly what items they needed, saying "No one came to us and asked us exactly what we needed. Nobody values us. They treat us as products. But you treat us as human beings."...

September 25, 2020

Whatever Happened to Sin?

I remember as a young man listening to missionary pioneer Colin Tilsley singing in a duet. The words of the refrain were “Why must I die, why must I die I can hear the people cry”. I was profoundly moved and felt the weight of people’s need of Jesus.   People need the Lord!  It was then I became aware of the millions of lost souls in our world! What does it mean to be lost? The Bible suggests that because of sin people are lost relationally. From creation, God’s desire wa...

September 12, 2020

Commendations

The Elders of The Street Church are pleased to formally commend Rachel Duff to the work that she will be doing in Mexico with Youth With A Mission. Rachel is a trained physiotherapist and will be working alongside local and foreign health professional volunteers in local communities while sharing the love of Jesus. She will leave when Covid-19 restrictions cease. Lincoln Road Bible Chapel is pleased to formally commend Russell Thorp to the role of Executive Director of LeaDev-Langham, overseeing...

August 28, 2020

Jesus, the Missionary

Jesus launched his mission of establishing God’s kingdom in the synagogue in Nazareth by reading from Isaiah chapter 61 v 1, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” The impact, however, came when Jesus concluded, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Je...

August 22, 2020

Paul & Helen Simaure

Paul and Helen Simaure have a passion for evangelism and enabling others to come to know Jesus Christ. Helen, in particular, uses her gift for language to bring God's Word to the various people groups in PNG. The couple have four children, two of whom are adopted. Paul became a Christian as a child and was baptised in 1991. He is from Yabru village in the Green River area. He trained as an environmental health officer and worked in both government and mining establishments. In 2010, he was ...

August 21, 2020

Ronald Muna

The new principal of Ambassadors Bible College has weathered a few challenges in his ministry, but he is committed to building the work in his home town and nearby regions. Ronald is from Guala, 4 kilometres from Koroba in Hela Province. He began teaching at what was then called Guala Bible School in 2011, for a time dividing his time between there and Porgera Bible School in Enga Province - two days travel away by bus.  Two years ago, a severe earthquake damaged Ambassadors Bible College. ...

August 14, 2020

Devastation In Lebanon

This how a local Lebanese Pastor describes the feelings of the  Lebanese people after last weeks massive explosion in the main port of Beirut. Between ongoing economic issues and political tensions, this tragedy is now another burden the tiny country has to bear. With hundreds killed, thousands injured and the entire city impacted, many are asking questions. Questions of the government, of the official's and of what it all means for the future.   How you can help. PRAY Pray for the ch...

August 10, 2020

Joel & Cathy Iwo

Chaplaincy is a strategic ministry for young people in their formative years. And for Joel Iwo, the opportunity to serve in this way motivated him to study theology. As he graduates this year with a Bachelor of Theology from CLTC, he plans to return to his role as Chaplain at Green River Secondary School, where students come from all over the West Sepik (Sandaun) Province.  Joel is originally from Dioru village, east of Green River Government Station and home to a long-standing CBC chapel. ...

August 7, 2020

A Time To Celebrate

Celebrate with us those mission partners who have served 50 PLUS years in their country of choice. Well done good & faithful servants!...

August 6, 2020

Martin & Matilda Komau

Martin and Matilda married in 1999, when they were about the age that many Kiwis graduate from university. However they didn't have the opportunity to carry on their education as teenagers. Martin completed 11 years of schooling in 1996 and was unable to do more. Matilda, like many in PNG, only finished primary school.  "Our Christian life after our marriage was not firm and stable, until we answered God's call and went to English Language Bible School (ELBS)," Martin said. ELBS is a 6-mont...

July 31, 2020

A Seed That Bears Much Fruit

As a former mission partner who worked with the Christian Brethren Churches of Papua New Guinea, I want to acknowledge the strategic significance of the Global Connections Scholarship Fund. With its support, each decade dozens of young leaders have completed Bible training in their home countries and begun ministries as teachers, preachers, chaplains and translators—bringing the gospel to people who few others can reach. Although the CBC churches have a number of local and several regional...

July 24, 2020

Be A Game Changer

You've heard the saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”? We often feel like both the horse and its leader when it comes to regular times of prayer. My Bible dictionary says that prayer “is any form of communication with God on the part of believing people in response to situations that may arise in life”. So why do we struggle to drink in God’s gift of prayer? Prayer re-orientates our thinking and our hearts to lead us to productive living and God-centre...

July 4, 2020

It Began With A Conversation

In a land in Asia not too far from here, an amazing movement is flourishing. A conversation that started between a Christian and a leader of another faith in a café has become a tsunami of conversions. Bright Hope World has been partnering with this movement for several years. It’s hard to comprehend the numbers that are now encompassed by this movement. I met one young man who cares for 9,000 groups of new believers. Another oversees 12,000 groups. Every 15 months the movement doubles in si...

June 19, 2020

Missions Reset

This time of challenge to the church’s activities worldwide and to local congregations has been a reflective one. We have been led to ask serious questions about the reasons for which our churches exist. This may be our best chance at a constructive biblical reset. A foundational purpose of the church is to evangelise the lost. Now this purpose does not minimise or reduce the importance of its other functions, such as the edification of the body or the exaltation of God. But it is ne...

June 8, 2020

Words, Words, Words!

Early in 2019 I was visiting a large M country. I spent several days listening to, and writing, the stories of men and women whose lives had been transformed by the Good News. I came away from these meetings deeply moved by the radical changes in the lives of the new believers. More than that, I was intensely challenged by the burning passion of those taking the message out, and the cost they were willing to pay to do so. No wonder this movement has been doubling in size every 15 months for the ...

May 29, 2020

Has the mission changed?

The dramatic events following COVID-19’s outbreak have turned nations upside down. This has impacted social activities, job security and motives for living. Examples of suffering, mental stress and confusion about how to respond have been our daily news diet. This assault on our lives is supposed to be rebuffed by “going quick, going hard.” Missions are not immune from the new boundaries on activity and interaction. In the past month I have writ-ten to most of the missionaries listed in GC...

May 16, 2020

Covid-19 Update

I thought I should update you regarding what’s happening at GC3 in response to NZ’s moving to Alert Level 2. AmbassadorMurray will be working from home, getting to grips with what his new role with us entails. He’s really looking forward to engaging with people in churches to promote cross-cultural mission opportunities in light of biblical principles. Level 2 enables him to now make visits while observing the requirements to preserve his and your safety. To discuss ways in which Murray ca...

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