• 25 Years On

    25 Years On

    It is nearly 25 years since Alan left full-time employment to concentrate fully on the Lord’s work. A letter of commendation from Southport Assembly was Read More
  • A Different Season

    A Different Season

    Life has its different seasons. This past 18 months has been a different season for me. I rarely spend much time in one place, and Read More
  • Women's Coffee & Cake Events  - WMC

    Women's Coffee & Cake Events - WMC

    The Women's Mission Convention is hosting two Coffee & Cake Events in October 2018. With Marie (Restricted Area) and Gillian (DRC) as the speakers we look forward to seeing you there. Read More
  • A Day in our Lives in Spain

    A Day in our Lives in Spain

    Beaches, river, land — what do they all have in common?Ribadeo is on the northern holiday coast of Galicia, where there are many beautiful beaches, including Read More
  • A Day in our Lives in PNG

    A Day in our Lives in PNG

    The first thing I would like to say is “Thank You” to all the other missionaries that have contributed their ‘A Day In The Life’. Read More
  • Behind the Boerewors Curtain

    Behind the Boerewors Curtain

    A Day in our Lives in South Africa Most days, we are up before the sun. Most days, we are up before the sun.Sometimes, it is the Read More
  • NECESSARY CHANGES

    NECESSARY CHANGES

    The Bet-Sean Home for Aged Believers that has functioned in Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia, during the last 27 years, was closed on January 17, Read More
  • The Year In Review

    The Year In Review

    The last 12 months have held many changes for us! We have had two months in Australia visiting churches and family. We returned to Timor-Leste Read More
  • God Is Faithful

    God Is Faithful

    My grateful thanks to all who uphold me in prayer, and for those who take the time and trouble to write. Receiving news of individuals Read More
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In year nine at school, I read ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, about a day in 1951 of a Russian prisoner in one of Stalin’s gulags. Many, if not most, of those imprisoned in remote labour camps were political dissidents, foreigners, or people who held beliefs (including religious) that were contrary to the Soviet regime. In such a harsh environment, a hidden scrap of bread, extra rations, or a piece of metal — things critical for survival in horrendous conditions — can take a significance much greater than we can possibly imagine. On this day, one of 3,653 days of his sentence, Shukhov (Ivan) avoids solitary confinement and gets extra rations, so almost has a happy day. He is not a religious man, but thanks God for getting him through another day. Alyoshka, a Baptist fellow inmate who gives without expecting anything in return, encourages Shukhov to focus on spiritual things, and Shukhov shares a biscuit with him. Who knows what the next day will bring…

After looking at how mission has developed over recent decades with the theme of ‘Trends in World Mission’ in 2016, the theme this year is ‘A Day in the Life’. We will focus on single days of some of our cross-cultural workers, who will present one day in their lives on the mission field. It may be a routine day, a day that they often repeat while overseas, yet is still significantly different from what they or we would experience back in Australia. Or it may describe a special event or a memorable series of circumstances on a particular day during their missionary journey. In contrast to last year’s more chronologically lengthy perspective, this year we look at personal snapshots. May these more intimate insights encourage and challenge us in terms of what is being done on the mission field, and what we can do to support those workers and their ministries — or even prompt us to directly participate in them.

Andrew Chan

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Ray Bradbury’s short story ‘The Great Wide World Over There’ tells the tale of an illiterate woman...
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