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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...

December 2, 2018

A 21st Century Opportunity in Bangladesh

With three million students’ entering the Bangladesh Education System every year, the demand for quality education is high. There is concern however over the limited supply of quality, thought-provoking, resources in Bangladesh classrooms. Currently the curriculum is bound to Bangladesh Government textbooks. As a way to remedy this concern, a wonderful window of opportunity has opened up for Ross, Cindy, and the team. An opportunity that will be of benefit to millions of students across Bangla...

September 19, 2018

General Manager - South Asia

A position is available in our South Asia business for a General Manager. The company is a social enterprise and is currently primarily engaged in the diesel generator sales, rental and servicing area, with minor operations in steel fabrication, hydraulic fittings manufacture and solar installations.  The position would involve managing the current business operations and managing service and installation contracts. A background in any of the following would be advantageous; high voltage el...

August 6, 2018

A moment in time

I was enjoying singing “Hosanna, hosanna, here comes the King of Peace” on Palm Sunday in our local church. There didn’t seem to be much peace in our city, but I prayed that each person there would find peace in their hearts. I noticed a young man at the back of the church. I hadn’t seen him before. He was sitting right at the back and he slipped out during the final prayer. I was preaching on Good Friday and noticed him there again- right at the back. I headed to the metro station to go...

March 26, 2018

Full Circle

Below is the story of Isaac, a former hostel student who now works for the Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship. Isaac and his family are a great example of God’s goodness and graciousness toward those who make the bold decision to follow Him. It was 1984 when a team from a nearby city came to our village with the Good News of Jesus. We were a Muslim village and we had our own ideas about Jesus- Isa we called him. But as my father and his friends listened, God spoke to them and they realised t...

March 19, 2018

Books for Sale

If your New Year’s resolution is to read more this may be of interest to you, NZBMS have books for sale!  We have a number of great books that will help deepen, as well as challenge, your understanding of global mission.  Below are some excerpts from books that we currently have available: Signed copies of Joy to the World by Joy Smith: Excerpt from Foreword by Brian K. Smith “… At the centre of Joy’s story is her service in the state of Tripura in North East India from 19...

March 5, 2018

Thank You Gaileen, Carol and Margaret!

At the BMF Annual meeting held at the National Baptist Hui, BMF farewelled three faithful servants- Gaileen Payton, Carol Shearer and Margaret Sim. We are thankful for all three of these women who have generously given much of their time, skills, and energy to the work of BMF and NZBMS.  Gaileen has been the BMF Treasurer for the past 14 years, and has greatly contributed to the running of BMF as a whole. We thank Gaileen for her tremendous efforts, and her obvious passion to see Baptist mi...

February 26, 2018

Teachers, We Need You!

You may have heard about the exciting opportunity to provide an online platform of extra learning materials to complement the Bangladesh school curriculum nationally; an opportunity with the potential to significantly impact Bengali education.  If you are a teacher or have been a teacher in the past, our team can use any help you can give! The goal of the project is to build networks and use teachers from all over the world to populate this online platform with learning resources.  Cur...

February 23, 2018

Leaving a Legacy

This last month or so I have been having lots of fun sorting through old photos of our staff and where they worked. We have literally hundreds of old photos of people and places – and there are two more boxes waiting to be looked at. As I have sorted and tried to work out if the image is worth keeping, I have been reminded of the breadth of work the NZBMS has been involved in. Alongside our current areas of work, we’ve worked in the Congo with Peter and Sue Bryan, we’ve worked in France wi...

October 30, 2017

A Tribute to Marjorie Dovey

Tributes are flowing in for the much-loved Marjorie Dovey (nee Turner) who passed away peacefully on 12 August 2017, aged 98.  Marjorie served with NZBMS for 15 years (1944-1958); a time characterised by faithful obedience and sacrifice, as well as the pouring out of blessings, encouragement, and reward.  Known to friends and family as Marnie, Marjorie left the comforts of New Zealand as a single woman and headed to Tripura- a land where she would call home, and a new people that she w...

August 22, 2017

Opposites Attract

A few years ago I found myself in a classroom with 50+ ten and eleven year olds. That would not necessarily faze me, however the classroom was not in NZ, it was on the other side of the world at St Pauls School. I was required to teach English for 40minutes to these beautiful young people who could not understand my accent and had limited spoken English. All they wanted from me was my signature in their workbooks. I sent up a frantic prayer as I saw the class could disintegrate into chaos anytim...

August 1, 2016

Our first Freedom Business begins production in West Bengal

Handwoven scarves, produced at Freeset Fabrics, are now on sale in New Zealand, and we are celebrating! Freeset Fabrics is a Freedom Business, located in West Bengal, India. It is the first Freedom Business to be established out of a joint Banzaid and Marketplacers initiative aimed at ending the trafficking of local women and children into the sex trade. Through a Business Incubator, Banzaid and Marketplacers are working together to establish four Freedom Businesses over the next five years, whi...

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