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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

  • VALUING FOOD
    Cooking a tasty meal and sharing it with others is one of my favourite things to do. I love the way it brings people together: families, friends, neighbours...

  • MOBILISING LOCAL RESOURCES
    ‘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.

  • CONFLICT AND PEACE
    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.

  • MATERNAL HEALTH
    ‘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.

  • LIFELONG LEARNING
    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.

  • LIVESTOCK
    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?

  • MANAGING DISASTERS
    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.

  • NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
    When I was a small child, my grandmother was looking after me when she started to feel unwell. She called a neighbour who quickly recognised the signs of a heart attack and called an ambulance. Thankfully my grandmother survived, partly due to her neighbour’s quick thinking.  

  • STIGMA
    Stigma originally meant an actual mark on a person’s body, but the word is now also used to describe the way we mark people out as different from us.

  • TREES
    Trees are a precious resource. They maintain the earth’s atmosphere and sustain the environment. It is often said that trees are the lungs of the earth.

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