Turkey sandwiches, balloon antlers and fairy lights: Christmas comes early in Grove

starIt was a beautiful sunny afternoon in July, so why could the strains of ‘Jingle Bells’ be heard drifting across the field?

Even more bizarrely, why were people lounging around on picnic blankets and humming along to ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ whilst eating turkey and cranberry sandwiches and mince pies? Continue reading

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Absent fathers: the pain of separation

back of taxiOne morning I got into a taxi: I was in a hurry as usual! After an exchange of greetings and asking me where I wanted to go, the taxi driver, who had given my lifts on a number of previous occasions asked: “Forgive my curiosity, but aren’t you a professor?” Continue reading

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Cascading Care

Uganda thumbnailAt the end of each year, students all over Uganda prepare to sit their exams as they look forward to their next stage of education. This is a time of mixed feelings as the majority of students are anxious about their exams and what the future holds. Continue reading

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Maya is top of the class!

Nepal thumbnailPoverty is so often the stumbling block in children realising their potential in life. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

An education programme run by our partner network in Nepal is giving new hope to children who are bright, able and willing to learn, but for whom life is hard. Continue reading

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The power of community

Daniel thumbnailI want to tell you a story about Daniel, a five-year-old boy from Paraguay whose family has been transformed by support from their local church and our partner network, Red Viva Paraguay. Continue reading

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Churches’ crucial role in supporting local families

thumbnail‘Father to the fatherless, defender of widows, this is God, whose dwelling is holy. He places the lonely in families.’ (Psalm 68: 5-6a, NLT)

This scripture perfectly sums up what our growing Oxford-based network Doorsteps is all about.  This action is needed now more than ever in Oxfordshire as the County Council is closing 44 children’s centres in 2017. Continue reading

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