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.

 

  • Nijaat

    ‘Freedom’ From Drug and Alcohol Addiction

    by Sam Thomas (India)

    The work started in 2002, as there were many drug and alcohol addicts with no facility to treat them in Dehra Dun or in the State of Uttarakhand, north India. The original vision was to help drug addicts and alcoholics recover from chemical dependency, to enable them to reintegrate with their families and society, and to share the gospel with them.

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  • Reaching Japanese men for Christ

    Reaching Japanese men for Christ

    by Dr Ronnie Cairns

    “Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children," writes Matthew in his account of the feeding of the multitude. We praise God for many outstanding Christian men all over Japan. If, however, you were to go into a Japanese church, what would impress you is the large percentage of women in the congregation. It is a fact that the Japanese male has proved to be a stubborn challenge when it comes to evangelism.

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  • Ukraine

    Ukraine

    by Viacheslav Lytvynenko

    Few people in the West know much about Ukraine beyond the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 26 years ago. Perhaps more will be aware of the 2004 Orange Revolution, when opposition groups claimed that the presidential election was rigged. But how many know that Ukraine is home to the fastest-growing church in Europe?

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  • Losing our vision

    Losing our vision

    by Paul Young

    When there is evidence of shrinkage, decline and even closure, we can feel as if we are just holding on to what we have and fail to engage with forward progress. The result is that mission suffers. The seeds of failure in the church in Britain are not new but were sown years ago, resulting in the malaise that is prevalent today. The malaise is witnessed in the lack of expectation that God will bless His Word, and a loss of confidence in the gospel as the answer to humankind’s deepest need.

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  • Women in prison

    Women in prison

    By Helen Ponce

    The Cochabamba women's prison is probably not what you would expect; inmates are not confined to their cells, most work in the prison knitting, ironing or cooking and no meals are provided. 25 years ago Helen Ponce and a small team were granted permission from the authorities to visit and she has been engaged in this work since. Here Helen shares a glimpse of her work and the stories of some of the women she has met behind bars.

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Iraq

21 people have been killed by a suicide bomb in Baghdad. At least 5 of those killed in the bombing were policeman. Iraq is becoming increasingly unstable and Iraqi Christians are being forced to flee to the northern city of Mosul. ISIS militants have threatened to kill the Christians unless they convert to Islam or pay a ‘protection tax.’

Ukraine

Following the plane crash in Ukraine last week, US intelligence officials say pro-Russian rebels shot down the plane by mistake. There has still not been any major evidence found to directly link the attack to Russia. Some of the bodies recovered from the plane wreckage are being flown to the Netherlands for identification.

Gaza

In the past 15 days, over 640 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have been killed in the conflict between Israel and Gaza. Officials are urging the need for a ceasefire as casualties are constantly on the increase. Five were killed on Tuesday night alone in an air strike in the southern Gaza Strip.

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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, currently has 7 participants on overseas placements in Zambia, Israel, Bolivia, Peru, Albania and India. Catch the excitement of their misison experience by reading their blogs on the FirstServe website www.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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