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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...

May 13, 2019

We Don't Need Nice

Following Jesus does not guarantee us a nice life; in fact it can mean quite the opposite! Having seen, smelt, heard and tasted all that our overseas team experience on a daily basis, hear what Arnie had to say on the topic in the video above.   Are you willing to give up the nice life to follow Jesus? LEARN MORE ABOUT PRAYER AND SELF DENIALWATCH MORE OF ARNIES VIDEOS MAKE A DONATION...

May 8, 2019

Theology as a Mechanism of Hope

Joel and Lizzie are two of our young Tranzsend staff, recently re-commissioned to the field as a married couple. They currently serve in a freedom business in South Asia.  While they were in New Zealand, I sat down with Joel & Lizzie and had a chat about why they made the decision to pursue deeper theological study, despite having already completed some theological training prior to going to the field. Here’s how the conversation went....

April 30, 2019

Trust & Obey

‘Trust and obey, for there’s no other way To 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? LEARN MORE ABOUT PRAYER AND SELF DENIAL WATCH MORE OF ARNIES VIDEOSMAKE A DONATION ...

April 23, 2019

Does God Care for These People?

I was reading a report of the persecuted church the other day. In the article was a photo of a group of believers who were meeting outside in a park, as they were banned from using their church building. As I looked at the photo, my heart broke. I felt like I knew these people. They looked just like students, couples, grandmas that I knew. It was this small, ragtag group of ordinary people, gathered defiantly frightened, who are enemies of the state? Does God care for them? Yes! Will we? Remembe...

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?LEARN MORE ABOUT PRAYER AND SELF DENIAL WATCH MORE OF ARNIES VIDEOSMAKE A DONATION...

April 10, 2019

Do you have a heart for global mission?

Do you have a heart for global mission? Would you like to use your skills and abilities to further God’s kingdom among the least reached? Tranzsend are serving amongst needy and marginalized communities in South Asia, East Asia, and South East Asia, among some of the least-reached people groups on the planet.  Long-term:We are currently looking for people from all walks of life who are committed to Christ and willing to prepare themselves spiritually, professionally and inter-culturally f...

April 8, 2019

Expect Great Things - Attempt Great Things

Arnie Hall talks about the theme of ‘Expect Great Things from God, Attempt Great Things for God’ outside William Carey’s church.LEARN MORE ABOUT PRAYER AND SELF DENIAL WATCH MORE OF ARNIES VIDEOSMAKE A DONATION...

April 3, 2019

We’re Making a Difference

I’m slowly building a retaining wall right now. I’ve done plenty of research, it is certainly not something I started on an impulse, but I am finding that it is a much bigger, and more expensive job than I realised! When we finally get it finished, anyone who visits will judge the quality of the job by what it looks like. Are the posts an equal distance apart? Are the rails level? But, what it looks like isn’t the real measure of quality. Only I will know how far into the ground the posts ...

April 1, 2019

What my God requires

Many of my neighbours spend a lot of time with their gods. Morning and evening, with bells, and incense, rice and flowers, they beseech their chosen god or goddess. There are entire days, strings of days even, when a particular deity is revered and doted upon for its specialist blessing. The poor, the barren, the unemployed, the sick and the abused; they take their burdens to their gods. Much effort and expense goes into the upkeep of idols; I see a lot of worship here, but I don’t see a lot o...

March 25, 2019

Expect Great Things from God; Attempt Great Things for God

EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM GOD – ATTEMPT GREAT THINGS FOR GOD- William Carey Painted above the entrance of the Carey Baptist Church building in Kolkata, you will read “Attempt great things for God, expect great things from God”. It's the wrong way around – and I had to do a google search – just to make sure. I find it quite ironic that somewhere in history –things got changed. Google assures me – it is the 'Expect' first and the 'Attempt' last but it also tells me of other quotes –...

March 18, 2019

Expect Great Things from God; Attempt Great Things for God

“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”― William Carey “I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep my expectations.” ― Bill Watterson I’m not sure about you, but I deeply resonate with both of these quotes! Sometimes which one I resonate more with may simply relate to how many coffees I’ve had!  Reflecting on these quotes has reminded me of Greg Liston’s recent article in the Baptist Magazine entitled “Live your best ordinary life.”...

March 4, 2019

Join the Woven Life team in SE Asia

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 caregive...

February 25, 2019

A Letter from Pastor Arnie

Kia ora e te whanau, 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 dif...

February 18, 2019

In His Presence - A Day Of Prayer

An opportunity to hear from NZBMS and our partner organisations in Missions, and join together in prayer as the body of Christ in the Taranaki/Whanganui region. Saturday 23rd March, 201910am - 3pm New Plymouth Central Baptist89 Liardet Street, New PlymouthLunch will be provided. Come and join us in prayer and be encouraged by what God is doing in the nations.RSVP to [email protected] by 13 March 2019 for catering purposes....

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