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Footsteps

Footsteps magazine shares information, ideas, contacts and experience in a Christian context at grassroots level. It encourages the practical outworking of integral mission in all aspects of local development work. It is published three times a year in four languages – English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. A number of issues have also been produced in Chinese, Bangla and Hindi.

Readers are invited to contribute views, articles, letters and photos by writing to the Editor. 

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Latest issues


  • Clean water and safe sanitation improve everyone’s health and opportunities in life. This issue includes practical tips on hand washing, soap making and what really works when helping people to change their habits.


  • We know that human trafficking happens all over the world. You may live in a region where you see its effects clearly every day or it may be more of a hidden problem.


  • Across the world many people depend on poultry keeping for their food and their livelihoods. We have included articles on nutrition and food safety, chicken health and some ideas on how to make money from your birds.


  • Features recipes to help you make the most of your food, an article on the health benefits of sweet potatoes and much more.


  • ‘Mobilising local resources’ is another way of saying ‘It starts with us’. Mobilising local resources begins with recognising what we have and realising what we can do with it.


  • We all experience conflict in our lives. Whether it is within our families, with colleagues or neighbours, there are times when we disagree with others. Disputes can have many causes, including land, natural resources, water, political power or religion.


  • ‘We recommend you transfer to hospital now.’ I was at home, and two trained midwives were attending me. But something was wrong. Labour had been going well but after many hours the baby seemed not to be progressing any further. The midwives saw brown waters, which meant the baby could be in distress.


  • I recently returned from a trip to Central Asia where I visited a silk factory. The secrets of making this beautiful material first travelled with the merchants along the famous ‘Silk Road’ from China in the 5th century AD, as one person taught another and production spread to new regions of the world.


  • Not everyone agrees on what role livestock should play in development today. Let’s think about some of the evidence to help us answer the question of whether livestock are a blessing or a burden. First, what do we mean by livestock, and then, what are the problems that arise in livestock production?


  • Disasters bring with them great challenges. Rescue, response and recovery are followed by reconstruction and rebuilding lives. But the work doesn’t stop there. Reducing the risk of future disasters is key to preventing the loss of more lives.

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