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Transformation Of One Student

Somewhere near the Southern outskirts of the huge and crowded city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, there is a tiny little school, crammed into a small apartment type building, that is trying to make a difference. In a country of over 160 million people, a school of 350 students seems pretty insignificant, but the work that’s being done there is significant, and makes a huge difference in the lives of the students that pass through its doors and up its stairs.  At GEMS our aim is for our studen...

August 19, 2019

The Next Generation Of Overseas Workers

The people of New Zealand are beautifully diverse. We would love our next generation of overseas workers to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our nation. Is God calling you, or someone you know, to join our team?...

August 15, 2019

A prayer from a hilltop in South East Asia…

Lord God, what a privilege to be here this morning,looking across the plains down below. I am here to acknowledge and honor the holy name of Jesus. After all, He is the one who fully deserves the praise and worship from this land. Yet sadly I know that different worship has taken place here. Yes, village people have been coming up here for many, many, hundreds of years.  They have come to this very hill top to honor something bigger than themselves. But not you Lord. Early mornings these ...

August 12, 2019

A Reflective Prayer

The prayer is a reflection on the words of Elizabeth after she conceived, in Luke 1:25. She said:  “This is what the Lord has done for me when he looked favourably on me and took away the disgrace I have endured among my people.”“এটা প্রভুরই কাজ। মানুষের কাছে আমার লজ্জা দূর করবার জন্য তিনি এখন আমার দিকে চোখ তুলে চেয়েছেন।” God of Eliz...

August 5, 2019

Arnies Reflection - Poverty

What is our responsibility when it comes to dealing with issues of poverty both here in NZ and overseas? By supporting our people and ministries, you are contributing towards the communities in which we are serving. ...

August 2, 2019

Elated

Imagine this scene. I’m out early on a Sunday morning with the bird watching club in my Indian city. Fifteen or 20 of us gaze, binoculars in hand, across a pond in a leafy park. You can’t predict bird-watching. We hope to see any species that flickers across water, snapping insects.What’s that flash of white against the green? An Asian Paradise Flycatcher. He’s only the size of a sparrow but his ribbon tail streams out a further 25cm. Spectacular! I feel a collective upward gasp around m...

July 29, 2019

A Taste Of Heaven

Having participated in a morning devotion at one of our freedom businesses, Arnie had a taste of what is to come as described in the book of Revelation- every tribe, people and nation lifting their voices to the Lord. It’s a beautiful thing! ...

July 26, 2019

Finding Strength through the Power of Prayer

We were approaching busy road in a vehicle driven by a local driver, on our way to the Rail Station. Behind me were four people visiting from New Zealand. We had an appointment with a train in forty minutes. This main road through this regional city can be so busy, with trucks, buses, and many other vehicles, that the traffic will move slowly.  I didn’t want to be late for the train.    While we were approaching the intersection, I pr’d, “L rd, please give the driver wisdom ...

July 22, 2019

Does God Care for these People?

Father, thank you for the couple who used to run the fruit stand on the side of the road, the ones I lost touch with. Does God care for these people? Yes. Father, thank you for the electrician at the school I’ve been visiting each week. Does God care for this man? Yes. Father, thank you for that spiritual seeker I know, who listens to a recording of John chapter 1 every day for half an hour, but still seems to be living in darkness. Does God care for him? Yes. Father, thank you for the young s...

July 15, 2019

Praying for the World

“Other parts of the world deserve our prayers.” Check out this video on why we need to be praying for those overseas....

July 11, 2019

East Meets West

A few weeks ago I went to the “East Meets West” show to celebrate Chinese New Year in Wellington. The show opened with the Dave Dobbyn song “Welcome Home”.So welcome home, I bid you welcome, I bid you welcomeWelcome home from the bottom of our heartsWelcome home, see I made a space for you nowWelcome home from the bottom of our heartsFrom the bottom of our heartsThe song talks about welcoming strangers into our country and into our hearts because we are all immigrants in a strange land.&...

July 8, 2019

Arnies Reflections - The Promise of Persecution

How would you react in the face of persecution? Here Arnie shares a story of one group who has experienced, and is encouraged by, the promise of persecution in the Bible. ...

July 5, 2019

Finding Strength in the Power of Prayer

I was recently challenged again from Acts 4:13 NIV “When they(the rulers, elders and teachers of the law) saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”How do we ‘be with Jesus’ today so that we can have that same courage and wisdom as Peter and John?I recently read the well-known book “The Practice of the Presence of God” which is a series of conversations, letters a...

July 1, 2019

Pray For Safety

Are you praying for the safety of our people overseas? In this clip Arnie shares why we as Baptist churches should be praying for those we send....

June 27, 2019

We're Committed To Mission

At Central Baptist in Whanganui, mission isn’t something we do, it’s inherent to who we are. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He told His disciples that when the Holy Spirit came upon them, they would be filled with power, and would be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Here in New Zealand, we are literally at the end of the earth from Jerusalem! Ours therefore is a faith inherited through the hearts and hands of missionaries, both Māori and Pakeha. ...

June 24, 2019

Arnies Reflection - What Would You Do?

How do we show God’s love when the need is so vast? In a follow up to the “What would you do? Part 1” video, part two looks at Arnie’s response....

June 21, 2019

Arnies Reflection - What Would You Do?

As followers of Jesus, what should we do when we come across people living in extreme poverty? Arnie was confronted with this question during his time in Asia. In this two part video, he now asks the question of you, “What would you do?...

June 19, 2019

From Missionary to Missional

When I was growing up, first in Pentecostal and then in Baptist churches in Scotland and England, I thought I knew what “mission” was. It was what missionaries did. They were special people who had responded to a call from God, directly to them, to leave behind the familiarity of home and the material benefits of a career to travel across the world to some less developed country to face discomfort and danger. They did this so that they could preach the gospel, in a foreign language. Or possi...

June 17, 2019

We're Committed To Mission

What you think of when you think of mission? Foreign countries? Language barriers? Cultural adjustments? Prayer covering. All of this is true.  But there is also an aspect of missions that is often overlooked. The day to day caring of missions staff, making sure they are supported, financially (and getting that money into the country!), prayerfully and pastorally. This is the role of both the local sending church and the New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society.  It is the underside, the...

June 10, 2019

Arnies Reflections - A Prison Redeemed

We love the way God redeems the most unlikely of things. During his time in South Asia, Arnie visited a school that was once a prison. This building once symbolised punishment and confinement, but now offers freedom through education. We pray that many more buildings and people will be redeemed for the Kingdom. Will you join us in this mission?...

June 5, 2019

Looking out the window what do I see?

Looking out the window what do I see? I see the large casino complexes looking back at me, bright colourful lights, neon signs and flashing bill boards beckoning me to come and see. But, that is not all I see.Old buildings with crumbling walls, apartment blocks standing tall and plain,Looking down on crowded streets….people People I know my God cares for deeply. I see small alters street-side,  incense burning, an orange, a chicken sitting.Wishing good luck and good fortune.Flash, ex...

June 4, 2019

Arnie’s Reflections - We Need More People

We have been serving the people of Bangladesh for over 100 years.  It’s a commitment that we as NZ Baptists made all those years ago. We need more people to go and carry on this legacy. If you would like to find out more give us a call on 09 526 8444 or email [email protected]

May 29, 2019

Like You - Like Me

He squats outside the shop, an old man serenely blowing smoke into the evening air, She skips down the road, parents strolling behind, enjoying the shrieks and giggles As she sees a kitten, a cockroach, a friend, a foreigner. Somewhere behind a tiled wall a woman scolds over blaring TV. Here a pair of schoolmates do homework together behind the counter Where mum sells cigarettes to some businessman’s driver. The big man himself sits stolid in his Merc, knock-off Ray-bans glittering despite th...

May 27, 2019

Doing Welcome Well

“Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.” 1 Peter 4:9 (NLT) Throughout his travels, Arnie was greeted with some exceptional hospitality- including from those who have not much to give. This begs the question, how are we in NZ doing with our hospitality? Check out the video below and ask yourself, are we welcoming people well?   LEARN MORE ABOUT PRAYER AND SELF DENIAL WATCH MORE OF ARNIES VIDEOSMAKE A DONATION...

May 16, 2019

Does God Care for these People?

Father, thank you for the couple who used to run the fruit stand on the side of the road, the ones I lost touch with. Does God care for these people? Yes. Father, thank you for the electrician at the school I’ve been visiting each week. Does God care for this man? Yes. Father, thank you for that spiritual seeker I know, who listens to a recording of John chapter 1 every day for half an hour, but still seems to be living in darkness. Does God care for him? Yes. Father, thank you for the young s...

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