Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians…
When we live to obey God in His mission, His leading is not always immediately logical to our human eyes. Yet, when we choose to obey, the impact is often multi-dimensional and beyond our human expectations. In Acts 8, Philip is the primary agent in a mass turning of a previously resistant people group toward Christ. Amidst that spiritual revival, in an unexpected turn of events, God’s angel tells him to “go toward the south… a desert place.”
By Suzane Avadiar, Communications Manager of AsiaCMS“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” – John 13:35.
Peter was heartbroken; he had denied his Jesus and stood by as his Saviour was crucified. Peter was still consumed with guilt and disappointment in himself when he and a few other disciples spotted Jesus walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
The moment Peter heard John say, “It is the Lord!” (John 21:7), Peter leaped out of the boat and rushed over to his beloved Jesus. He was in need of restoration. After cooking His disciples breakfast with their own catch and breaking bread with them, Jesus turned his attention to Peter with one fateful question three times (John 21:15-19)...
Nevedita Jeevabalan serves as an ambassador of God’s love with Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Services (LEADS) in Sri Lanka. She has dedicated her life to helping disadvantaged, voiceless and traumatised children in Sri Lanka, and to equip others to do the same. This report from Church Mission Society.
“For me, mission means breaking taboos and being there for the child who is hurting and the family, and supporting them through that painful period of time,” says Nevedita.
In Sri Lanka, the topic of sexual abuse, and abuse in general, is highly taboo, making it difficult to deal with the problem. Even so, things have come a long way since Nevedita started working with LEADS – the government now at least recognises that abuse is a reality. But often, families don’t want to report abuse, and even if something is reported, a court case can take up to 10 years.
Nevedita – whose very name means “dedicated to service” – makes a difference by working to improve the conditions and care given to children...