Nigel Ring on October 18th, 2017

Recently I had a conversation with Susie Howe, wife of one of the elders of a Newfrontiers church in London. In the first part of our conversation, posted last time, Susie shared how the Bethany Project had started and about how she helped to equip churches to support and empower marginalised children in Africa. In this second part […]

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Nigel Ring on June 10th, 2016

When Sam Amara, a lecturer in Hebrew and Greek languages in the Pentecostal International Bible Seminary in Nigeria, met Simon Pettit from Jubilee Church, Cape town in 1997 he gained a new understanding of the doctrine and practice of grace. As a result he planted a church, Riches of Grace, in Lagos. Recently I had […]

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Nigel Ring on November 18th, 2015

I recently read an excellent article on the Towinsome website. I felt it was so good and thought provoking I would like to point people to it, especially leaders. Although it is written primarily for non-‘Western’ cultures it raises some very interesting and challenging points about assumptions it is easy to make. Thanks Andy for […]

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Nigel Ring on February 2nd, 2013

Foreign to Familiar Paradoxically Foreign to Familiar (McDougal Publishing) is both an easy read and a challenging one. It is in a style that is very accessible, is a relatively short book of only 120 pages and is liberally illustrated with personal experiences of the author. But, as one who has travelled quite widely in […]

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Nigel Ring on April 2nd, 2012

Recently I had the pleasure of being invited to join a Forum led by Mike Betts which gathered church leaders involved in UK, the European continent, Mexico and Kenya. In each session news was shared from particular locations and my notes hint at some of the interesting, diverse and challenging situations in which people in […]

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Nigel Ring on July 12th, 2011

We are approaching a major transition in the family of churches we call Newfrontiers. As we continue to grow God has shown us that we need to become a network of apostolic spheres (as in the New Testament) rather than be centred predominantly on one person, Terry Virgo, the father of Newfrontiers. In February God spoke […]

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Nigel Ring on April 25th, 2011

Resistance Fighter has just been published and is a read-at-one-sitting book. For me it turned the tedium of a flight from UK to West Africa into an enjoyable, challenging, emotional and disturbing experience as Susie Howe took me from the joys of playing with lively orphaned children in Zimbabwe to the horrors of learning of […]

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Concluding the review of this excellent book we shall now look at one very practical application. Short term mission teams. Like the story of the elephant and the mouse dancing together at a celebration – both benefit and enjoy it until the mouse is squashed – such can also be the effect of a short-term […]

Continue reading about When Helping Hurts – Part 3 – Practical Strategies for helping without hurting

Continuing this somewhat protracted commentary on the strongly recommended book, When Helping Hurts, we will now see what the authors say about Principles that need to be followed to avoid causing damage to those who are in need. Relief, Rehabilitation and Development First, it is important to distinguish between Relief, Rehabilitation and Development. In true […]

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Foundational Concepts for helping without hurting. In this excellent book – a ‘must read’ for all who are involved in helping people who are poor or disadvantaged – the authors look critically at both the issues of poverty and how it is defined, and at the typical response of very well meaning individuals and agents […]

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