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New Principal for CCTB

CCTB (College of Christian Theology Bangladesh) is the largest and oldest theological college in Bangladesh. It celebrated its Golden Jubilee last year (1968-2018). This year Wailes Rangsa was appointed as the new Principal. This is really exciting for the College because he is our first ‘home grown’ principal. He was a former student at the College and then became a teacher. We saw great potential in him to go on to do further studies and in 2012 he was supported by BMF NZ to study in the P...

October 8, 2019

Common Myths About Missionaries

Our amazing archivist came across this picture last week, as she was ruffling through her boxes of archived files. A list of common myths about missionaries. How many have you heard of? How many do you still believe to be true? Are there any you would add?Always up to date on correspondence.Always serious- no humour.Always says “Praise the Lord”.Never flinches at foreign food.Never homesick for family, McDonalds or shopping malls.Always welcomes unexpected guests with a smile and freshly bak...

September 30, 2019

NZBMS Mission Day 2019

God is weaving a masterpiece, and we, as strands of thread, all play a part. God’s masterpiece is a celebration of people and relationships. It is a story of reconciliation and lives changed.  It is the fulfilment of biblical promises, and a hope of what is to come.  e invite you to join us at the NZBMS Mission Day, to celebrate God’s masterpiece. God is weaving, and making known, His love, peace and presence in some of the most remote and spiritually challenging places.  Join...

September 9, 2019

BMF Special Offering 2019

The opportunity for our team to connect with those outside their immediate work environments, and geographical boundaries, is greatly valued, and appreciated, given it happens so rarely due to busy and conflicting schedules. A gathering like this helps those invited to understand in greater depth, how God is using NZBMS and its people in a variety of ways. The first of these all-in NZBMS conferences was held in 2007, where it was suggested that conferences should be held every four years. Since ...

September 2, 2019

A Day of Prayer - Waikato

Fairfield Baptist Church1101 Heaphy TerraceFairfield, Hamilton10am - 3pmLunch ProvidedAn opportunity to hear from NZBMS and our partner organisations in Mission,  and join together in prayer as the body of Christ in the Waikato region. Come and join us in prayer and be encouraged by what God is doing in the nations. RSVP to [email protected] (ph 09 526 8444) by 11 September 2019 for catering purposes....

August 28, 2019

Living in Babylon

Recently at Caversham Baptist Church we completed the NZ Baptist global mission focus - Prayer and Self-Denial.  Our fourth and final Sunday service, included Isaiah 52 v7: ‘How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, peace and salvation. Our God reigns’.  As part of the service, two members painted the well-known picture of NZ’s highest mountain, Mt Cook / Aoraki.  They included a person walking towards the mountain, fitting the ‘messenger’...

August 5, 2019

Does God Care for These People?

Does God have favourites? We get to live in relative comfort and safety in New Zealand while many around the world live in fear and poverty. We get the privilege of hearing the gospel in words, images and language we can understand while many, many people have yet to hear. Is that fair? Does God care? Does God have favourites? We can all threw out the easy answer, “Yes, of course, God cares”; “Jesus loves me this I know for the bible tells me so”. Maybe the more helpful question is: How ...

June 10, 2019

The Student

The youngest of six—one of the only two girls—born into a poor family, this young lady has not had the easiest life. Being sponsored to come to GEMS changed that life and impacted her family. As teachers, we sometimes complained about this student’s frequent absences from school and her low ability. What we didn’t realise was that her family often kept her away insisting she help other family members. Her family didn’t understand the importance of her attending school, believin...

June 4, 2019

We’re Making A Difference.

 Rāwiri Auty reflects on the theme ‘We’re Making A Difference.’ We all like to think we're making a difference, don’t we? We invest our time, effort and resources into things that we care about, and we grasp onto a deep desire to see something good come of it all. Sometimes we're delighted by what we see, but other times we wonder if the effort was really worth it. Recently, I completed a Master’s thesis. It’s been the single hardest piece of work I’ve ever done. There were t...

May 27, 2019

Education can change everything

Education can be the key to lifting a person out of poverty and enabling them to create a legacy for themselves and their family. Cindy, with her husband Ross, uses education to transform lives. Cindy tells the story of this aspect of Tranzsend’s work in Bangladesh.  From zero to 320 students since 2006; the establishment of GEMS (Golgotha Baptist English Medium School) has been quite a challenging journey. The school resides in a few rooms on top of a church in Dhaka city. Most...

May 13, 2019

Prayer and Self Denial reflection from Lyn Davis

Lyn Davis reflects on the theme ‘Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things’. This quote from missionary William Carey conjures up all sorts of feelings. As a young person, and later as an overseas mission worker expecting and attempting great things seemed a little bit easier, a bit more exciting and somehow more motivating than it does today! For example, we lived in East Asia during a season where God was moving in an amazing way –we saw many young factory workers turn to Him during medi...

May 6, 2019

In His Presence A Day of Prayer

10am – 3pm  |  Lunch providedTawa Baptist Church 229 Main Road, Tawa, WellingtonAn opportunity to hear from NZBMS and our partner organisations in Mission,  and join together in prayer as the body of Christ in the Wellington region. Come and join us in prayer and be encouraged by what God is doing in the nations. RSVP to [email protected] (ph 09 526 8444) by 17 June 2019 for catering purposes....

April 27, 2019

Trust & Obey

‘Trust and obey, for there’s no other wayTo be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.’ The words of this hymn are as true for us today as they were 132 years ago when this was written: ‘Where He sends we will go. Never fear, only trust and obey.’  How is God leading you to trust Him today?...

April 23, 2019

Hundred Year Celebration

We left Dhaka at 8.30 on a cool morning. There was blue sky somewhere above the smog, and we had only 40 km to go. The journey took over five hours. Five hours of bumps, near misses, going nowhere, sudden bursts of speed, strategic changes of direction and still more waiting. It felt like we’d never get there. Until at last we did, welcomed by smiling volunteers, into a huge gathering of Bangladeshi Baptist believers. A bit like the journey we’d come to celebrate, really. Over 100 years of ...

April 15, 2019

It’s Up to You

How can we best use our time and resources for God's Kingdom? How much stuff do we buy that we don't REALLY need? What is God challenging you to do differently or give up as you take part in this year's Prayer and Self Denial appeal...

April 10, 2019

BBCF Celebrated 100 years of God’s Grace

February 21-23, 2019 marked the 100th anniversary of Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship with the celebration of attracting more than 2500 people from Churches plus mission and ministry partners. The program included national and BBCF flag hoisting, prayer and testimonies, preaching, cultural presentations, documentary on significant moments, interviews, exhibition, fellowship, recognition of mission and ministry partners and so on. An abundance of food was served throughout the days. The Cente...

April 8, 2019

Expect Great Things - Attempt Great Things

Arnie talks about the theme of ‘Expect Great Things from God, Attempt Great Things for God’ outside William Carey’s church....

April 3, 2019

Acknowledging the past to step forward into the future

Ka Mua, Ka Muri Organisational and personal histories have always fascinated me. I think it’s the knowledge that the present is just a moment in a far broader story; and to arrive at that present point in time, many people have contributed, decisions have been made, tears have been shed and joys have been celebrated. Because of it all, the future is moulded. It’s the essence of the whakatauki, “Ka mua, ka muri,” (which means “walking backwards into the future”) – the concept that w...

March 27, 2019

Join the Woven Life team!

Do you have a background in: TeachingCoachingYouth and children workSocial workHorticultureAgricultureBusiness? If so, we’d love to hear from you! The Woven Life Foundation in South East Asia is currently reaching out to communities primarily through the vehicle of teaching English in a fun and interactive way (forget the textbooks and grammar). Through these openings, we aim to use the connections to be a witness. The present communities we are working in include village children (and caregiv...

February 25, 2019

A Day Of Prayer

'The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.' - James 5:16 Join us in New Plymouth on Saturday 23rd March for a day 'In His Presence', as we gather together as the body of Christ in the Taranaki/Whanganui region to pray and seek His face. See you there!...

February 23, 2019

It’s a new year

On the wall in my office are images of all the people serving in Asia through NZBMS and on behalf of New Zealand Baptist Churches. As I look at these photos, I’m struck by the variety amongst them – backgrounds, ages, contexts, qualifications, skillsets and personalities. None of them would claim to be anything special. Like anyone, anywhere, they have their ups and downs, they cope with tragedies, loss of loved ones, celebrations of new life. They are children, siblings, singles, spouses, p...

February 18, 2019

A Letter from Pastor Arnie

Ever noticed that where God leads, it can be quite interesting? None of our NZ Baptists living overseas necessarily PLANNED to do that! They were people like us, part of a Baptist Church, who came to a place where they “just knew” God wanted them to move (even with their families) to an unknown culture in an unknown country. I got to visit a number of these people. I was astounded by their commitment to mission and the difference they were making. I was amazed at the difficulties they had to...

February 11, 2019

Beyond Understanding

I was on my way to visit the children in a neighbouring country. It was the half term break at their school and I would spend that time with them out of school. I had arrived at the airport in plenty of time for my flight and I was soon in the departure lounge waiting. I had nearly 2 hours in hand so I began to gaze around the see who else was there. Maybe another parent of kids at school was on the same flight. I didn’t see anyone I knew but I did notice another foreign family there – mum, ...

January 7, 2019

(Re)Commissionings

At the recent Baptist Hui, we were thrilled to be able to commission back to South Asia, Joel and Lizzie and Charlie and Jo (in absentia). Both of these young couples have been in  NZ in 2018 as they married, have undertaken study at Carey Baptist College (Joel and Lizzie), and are raising further support. Joel and Lizzie return to The Loyal Workshop in early December to continue their service amongst women at risk. Jo & Charlie are due to depart for Freeset in the first few months of 2019....

December 10, 2018

2018 Hui Highlights

• BMF AGM and Mission Prayer Day on Wednesday 7th November. • NZBMS presentation on Saturday morning from Rachel Murray, Alistair (Arnie) Hall and the NZBMS team – launching Prayer and Self Denial 2019. • Fantastic talk from Rev. Leor Sarkar, from BBCF, our guest speaker from Bangladesh. Leor shared encouraging and challenging stories from his work in Bangladesh. • Honouring overseas mission personnel – recommissioning the Colin and Tania, Georgia and Daniel, Gary & Heather, and Murr...

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