Welcome to Echoes. We are a mission service organisation, based in Bath, UK. We exist to advance the work of mission globally and see individuals and communities impacted by the Gospel.  We do this by partnering with local churches, cross-cultural mission workers, and indigenous people whose ultimate goal is to proclaim God's love in Christ and demonstrate this through loving service by a variety of means in different circumstance across the world.

 

  • North Korea

    Has God forgotten North Korea?

    by Robert MacAlvin

    On 19th December 2011, the world was startled by the announcement that Kim Jong-il, 'The Dear Leader' of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) - North Korea's official name, had died of a heart attack two days earlier. This was the man, the second-generation dictator, who ruled for 17 years and defied global condemnation to build nuclear weapons, while 2 million people died from starvation. However, he stuck unswervingly to theJuche(self-reliance) ideology introduced by his late father, and propagated thesongun(army first) principle.

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  • South-East Asia

    Child Exploitation and Trafficking in South-East Asia

    by Glenn Miles

    It is impossible to ascertain the precise extent of child sexual exploitation in South-East Asia due to its covert nature, but it involves tens of thousands of young women and men. Although children as young as five have been rescued from brothels, the majority are teenagers and many start working shortly after puberty. While some are tricked into prostitution, many of these teenagers are aware they are entering prostitution but feel a strong sense of obligation to help their families and see it as the only option available to them. Initially, many are unaware of just how serious the consequences can be: HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, violence from clients, stigma from the community, etc.

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  • The Hui

    Focus on the Hui

    The Hui people form the third largest of the 55 recognised minority groups in China. They are the largest of the Muslim groups, numbering over 11 million people. Geographically dispersed, Hui communities can be found in both rural and urban settings throughout China. Over one-sixth of the total Hui population is found in Ningxia Province.

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  • France

    Is France still a Mission Field?

    by Pierre Bariteau

    Although France is still considered to be a mission field by some European mission agencies, it remains a fact that France no longer attracts a great number of mission workers from European countries. Why is this? European countries are culturally similar and the standard of living is more or less the same. The levels of education are identical, and transport is now easy and cheap. Language is a barrier, but that would be the case for most mission fields that a candidate is considering.

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  • Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe

    by Phil Barnes

    The story of the decline and fall of Zimbabwe is not so much about how dreadful things are there; it is more about how far the country has fallen in such a short time. "You have the jewel of Africa in your hands", said President Samora Machel of Mozambique to Robert Mugabe at independence in 1980. "Now look after it." And for almost 20 years, Zimbabwe was an exception in Africa. Although many of the problems so common to the continent revealed themselves to some extent, there was a level of stability, security, affluence and functionality not seen in most other African nations.

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Iraq

At least 18 people have been killed after a suicide bomber entered a Shia mosque in Iraq. This attack is one of many that have occurred over the past few weeks, in which dozens of people have been killed. The Islamic State (IS) is thought to be behind the attacks. IS militants have been battling against Kurdish fighters all weekend in the attempt to gain control of the Syrian town of Kobane.

Africa

GSK, one of the several companies who are trying to create a vaccine against the spread of Ebola, have stated that the vaccine would be ‘too late’ for the current epidemic. Although a vaccine has been produced, an analysis to demonstrate its safety and efficacy would not be ready until the end of 2015. More than 4,500 have died from Ebola and over 9,000 have been infected.

Ukraine

Strong evidence has emerged from a human rights group stating that Ukraine attacked populated areas of Donetsk with cluster bombs, which have been banned by many other states. Ukrainian forces have denied the usage of banned weapons or shelling populated areas.

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Mission News from around the globe

The Arab World & The Middle East

Tension and conflict continues in various parts of the Arab World and the Middle East where Christians are under pressure from the majority religion and the church operates with sensitivity in its witness. The region also contain some of the most impenetrable nations for the gospel. In the 2014 Echoes magazine we report on the church and highlight mission issues from this part of the world.

FirstServe

This gap year programme for students aged 18-25, has just taken on three FirstServers who will be going overseas the beginning of next year. Catch the excitement of their mission experience by reading their blogs on the FirstServe website: http://first-serve.org.uk/

Haiti – Earthquake & Recovery

Following the worse earthquake to hit Haiti in 200 years, Echoes sent funds for emergency medical relief and for feeding programmes.


Over the last 19 months £200,000 of relief funds has been made available for house building, the provision of clean water for schoolchildren and for trauma counselling through which over 200 people have become Christians.



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Haiti Update

John Aitken and Andy Street travelled to Haiti in November 2011 to report on the distribution of relief funds sent following the earthquake in 2010. They returned with many stories and photos which they would like to share with your church. If you are interested in hearing about the situation and getting to know some of the work there so that your church can continue to support the Haitians through prayer, please get in contact with the Echoes office and let us know.

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