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In recent years there have been a number of blog articles, books and online discussions which question the validity of short-term mission teams. As people realize the inordinate cost of sending people overseas for two or three weeks, they wonder if it wouldn’t be better to use that money to…

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Khmer New Year, which begins 13 April and lasts for three days, is a major celebration in Cambodia. Schools close for two weeks of holiday, and most students return to their home towns to spend time with their families. On the first of three main days of celebration, a new…

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I was saddened to hear this week of the death of a dear friend, Yvonne Woods, widow of the first IFES General Secretary, Stacey Woods, and herself an honorary Vice-President of IFES from 1995 to 2003. She died on 7 April 2014, aged 98. Yvonne had been suffering with Alzheimer’s…

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With record-breaking low temperatures and unusually heavy snowfall, many people across Canada are, understandably, becoming disheartened as they long for spring to arrive. Students in GBUC Canada, the French-speaking IFES movement in Quebec, are no doubt also longing for spring weather. But the bitterly cold winter has not made them…

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In November I wrote how IVCF Philippines responded to the devastation left by hurricane Yolanda earlier that month. Since then students and graduates of IVCF have continued to reach out to people whose lives were brought to a halt when they lost homes, belongings and livelihoods, in addition to people…

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As a biologist, I am fascinated by the ingenuity of certain animal species. I am amazed by the architecture of the nest of one species of millipede I studied extensively for my PhD – more complex than I had initially imagined, with a ventilation window and an area of least…

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Austria – thousands of non-Christians hear lectures on faith and science. Slovenia – ‘Modern Science and God’ aired on the main national television station. Croatia – over 600 students and professors pack into a hall that seats 500. All this and more from five days of lectures by Oxford Professor…

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From India, to the Caribbean, via Fiji! What would induce a couple to make this journey of many years? Who are these pioneers? Deva and Parrot Sahayam are staff with UESI India who were seconded to work among students in the Caribbean region. Last month they said goodbye to the region…

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Can you share the good news by giving people a test? Does listening instead of talking really work? TheGodTest was developed by Dr Rice Broocks, an American church leader who has spent the majority of his life engaging young people with the gospel and training others to do the same.…

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Do IFES staff workers have any good advice on how to be a good student? Do they even remember what it’s like to be a student? Some do – because they are in the midst of advanced studies at the moment so it is very fresh in their minds! Here’s…

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