In the "Voices of the Global Church" podcast, Dr. Graham Hill interviews leading Christian thinkers from all over the world about faith, worship, prayer, discipleship, witness, and more. Most of these Christians come from the Majority World (Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Oceania, etc.). The focus is on listening and learning from World Christianity, and renewing the global church. You can find more resources at www.theglobalchurchproject.com
Samson Sohail – Serving God in Pakistan
Samson Sohail and Graham Joseph Hill talk about serving God in Pakistan. The Global Church Project podcast episode #163. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Samson Sohail is executive director of the United Council of Churches in Islamabad, Pakistan. He leads a vibrant church, committed to peace and reconciliation and the Gospel, and to share the love of Jesus with the people of Pakistan.
Nikki Toyama-Szeto – On earth, as it is in heaven: Making love visible
Nikki Toyama-Szeto and Graham Joseph Hill discuss how the church can be a people who make love visible. They discuss a broad range of issues related to being a people who seek God's justice, inclusion, peace, and love. These include: (1) Partnering with the global church. (2) Being a people of justice and reconciliation. (3) Listening and learning from diverse voices and dialoguing across difference. (4) Developing unity that's deeper than agreement. (5) Being an Asian-American woman in North American church and society. (6) Being the church in rapidly changing times. (7) Embracing and welcoming asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. (8) How Jesus honors and amplifies the voices of women , and how the church can do so too. The Global Church Project podcast episode #162. On https://theglobalchurchproject.com/
As Executive Director of Evangelicals for Social Action, Nikki Toyama-Szeto guides the execution of ESA's mission and vision. See: https://www.evangelicalsforsocialaction.org/
Nikki came to ESA with a long history of working with leaders of faith communities to help ignite a passion for biblical justice among the Global Church. She speaks and trains leaders globally-past engagements include speaking for Tearfund (Nepal) and Centro Esdras (Guatemala), CCDA (USA), and Billy Graham Center (USA). She writes and speaks from her experiences as a leader in organizations like International Justice Mission, the Urbana Conference and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She served on the Third Lausanne Congress (2010), helping to develop the plenary program.
In addition to her vocational ministry, she serves on the board of Interserve USA, Missio Alliance, and Casa Chiralagua. She has written articles on gender issues and multi-ethnicity for various magazines and she serves as a "Leading Voice" for the Missio Alliance. Her work was profiled in Christianity Today's, "Who's Next?" and Rejuvenate Magazine's "40 under 40".
She was a co-editor of the book More than Serving Tea (IVP, 2006), a collection of essays, stories and poems looking at the intersection of race, gender, and faith for Asian American women. She also co-wrote Partnering with the Global Church (IVP, 2012) with Femi Adeleye and edited the Urbana Onward series. Additionally, she is a co-author of The God of Justice: IJM Institute's Global Church Curriculum (IVP, 2015). Nikki also co-authored a paper on "The Pursuit of Shalom in the Face of Violent Injustice" for the Micah Global Consultation.
Much of her insights stem from experiences living among poor people in the slums of Nairobi, Cairo, and Bangkok. She helped develop and direct the Global Urban Trek, an urban immersion program designed to challenge students to use their majors on behalf of the world's poor people.
James Pender – Transforming and Empowering the Lives of People Affected by Leprosy
James Pender and Graham Joseph Hill discuss ministries transforming and empowering the lives of people affected by Leprosy. The Global Church Project episode #161. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
James Pender is the Programmes and Advocacy Officer - Asia at The Leprosy Mission England and Wales, having formerly held the position of Development and Natural Resource Management Advisor for the Church of Bangladesh Social Development Programme. James was immersed in mission work in Bangladesh for nine years.
James said: "Leprosy is a disease of poverty and there is widespread poverty across Bangladesh with more than half of the population living on less than US$1 a day.
"Leprosy breeds in squalid conditions and there is a rising number of new cases in Bangladesh. If left untreated, the disease causes nerve damage which leads to disability.
"I've met leprosy-affected people in Bangladesh that have attempted suicide as they have felt so dejected by not only facing the stigma that still surrounds leprosy, but the desperate situation of not being able to work and feed their families."
The Leprosy Mission is an international Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients. Their aim is to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy.
Leprosy is a disease of poverty and as well as providing healthcare, the Leprosy Mission offers rehabilitation, education, vocational training, small business loans, housing and fresh water supplies and sanitation to tens of thousands of people each year. The Leprosy Mission provides a springboard to restored health, self-sufficiency and renewed hope. Their services are provided regardless of religion or ethnicity, promoting equality and social justice. See: https://www.leprosymission.org.uk
Vladimir Ubeivolc – The Missio Dei & Transforming Moldovan Society: Confronting Poverty, Corruption, & Human Trafficking, & Offering Hope
Vladimir Ubeivolc and Graham Joseph Hill discuss "The Missio Dei & Transforming Moldovan Society: Confronting Poverty, Corruption, & Human Trafficking, & Offering Hope." The Global Church Project episode #160. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Vladimir Ubeivolc is a pastor, author, theologian, and social activist. His father was a member of the Communist Party in the USSR and his mother was an evangelical Christian. Vladimir became a Christian at the age of 22 and later graduated with a Bachelor of Theology from Saint-Petersburg Christian University. He then earned an MA from TCM International Institute for Biblical Studies and a PhD from the University of Wales. He taught different disciplines in various colleges and universities in post-Soviet countries. Vladimir is an ordained pastor. Being a social activist and reflective practitioner, he has led a number of NGOs and platforms in Moldova and other Eastern European countries. Together with his wife Yulia they raise their daughter, Anna.
For many years, Vladimir Ubeivolc and his wife Yulia led Beginning of Life NGO in Moldova; which runs two programmes. One is focused on preparing children and youth for a better future through educational and training course and the other programme helps people who have suffered from different types of social injustice, such as single motherhood, human trafficking, domestic violence, and poverty.
Vladimir has taught Ethics and Missiology in different colleges and universities in Moldova and Russia, leading and speaking in conferences in almost all countries from the former Soviet bloc in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In 2014, together with his colleagues, he launched Studio of Innovative Leadership, which focused on teaching and promoting social transformation from a holistic theological and missiological perspective.
Vladimir is author of numerous of articles on holistic mission, human trafficking, and social justice, and co-author and co-editor of a few books. His book Rethinking Missio Dei Among Evangelical Churches in an Eastern European Orthodox Context was published through Langham in 2016.
Rhiannon Lloyd – Healing the Nations (How Jesus offers forgiveness, repentance, healing, & peace after conflict & war)
Rhiannon Lloyd and Graham Joseph Hill discuss how Jesus offers forgiveness, repentance, healing, and peace after conflict and war. Jesus's church can demonstrate redeemed ethnicity, radical reconciliation, and the new humanity in Christ (Rhiannon has spent the last 30 years leading healing, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation initiatives in Africa and other parts of the world). The Global Church Project episode #159. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Dr. Rhiannon Lloyd, a former Doctor of Medicine and Psychiatry, has been in full time Christian work since 1985 ministering extensively in cross-cultural situations. She spent many years teaching courses for Christian workers and ministering to people with deep emotional wounds. Since 1994, she has pioneered a reconciliation ministry in Rwanda, working initially with African Enterprise. She has spoken to thousands of church leaders leading them to a place of healing at the cross and facilitating reconciliation between the ethnic groups. Healing and reconciliation teams have now been formed in many other countries. She lives in Wales, and her ministry is called "Healing the Nations". For more information see www.healingthenations.co.uk
In the early 1990s, Rhiannon Lloyd felt God calling her out of her own experience of conflict and suffering to go to Rwanda to help in the work of peacemaking after the genocide. She left her home in tears, with great fear, and with feelings of inadequacy. But God used her faith and her willingness to surrender to him and go, and over the last 30 years she's led thousands of churches and communities through peace and reconciliation workshops and processes in many of the most war-torn countries of the world. Never underestimate how God can use you when you surrender everything to him and follow his call.
In this interview, Rhiannon shares her insights into forgiveness, justice, repentance, peacemaking, and reconciliation, and into ways to bring healing and unity after serious conflicts and devastating wars and division.
Christine Jeyachandran – Following Jesus in Mission
Christian Jeyachandran and Graham Joseph Hill talk about what it means to follow Jesus in mission. How do we hear God's call to mission, step out in faith, and follow him wherever he leads? The Global Church Project episode #158. On www.TheGlobalChurchProject.com
Christine Jeyachandran serves with SIM in Peru, along with her husband David and their three children. Having learnt the local language, they work among University Students, teaching English, sharing about Jesus, discipling, and encouraging them as they follow Jesus. Christine and David feel that this is an incredibly strategic work which can impact the future leaders of Peru.