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NZBMS Special Project 2020

It’s been a tough year. COVID19-induced restrictions have meant businesses and individuals alike are having to adapt to a new way of living and operating. Here in New Zealand we can be grateful for the caring efforts of New Zealanders, and our government’s quick decision-making. Most of the countries in which NZBMS are present however, are not as fortunate. Our people serve in densely populated, poverty-stricken contexts. Sadly, it is within these conditions that the COVID19 virus is thrivin...

September 24, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATORNew Zealand Baptist Missionary Society (NZBMS)Part-time Position: 20hours/ week Location: NZBMS office, Penrose, Auckland NZBMS is the denominational overseas mission organisation for the Baptist Churches of New Zealand. NZBMS is comprised of four entities (Tranzsend – recruitment and sending; Banzaid – aid and development; Marketplacers – Business; Mission World – resourcing and mobilising) which together serve the churches in New Zealand and the communities NZ...

August 5, 2020

Paul’s Prayer

Each month we will bring to you a prayer from one of ouroverseas  team. We hope that you will join alongside us in prayer for the people of Asia. Dear Heavenly Father, We pray for the people of South Asia in this tumultuous time with a lot of political, a lot of social upheaval. We pray that your peace would be upon that group of nations, upon that people, people with a lot of passion. People with a lot of love. We pray that they would come to know your love, and that your Holy Spirit woul...

June 2, 2020

Why play?

Our Tranzsend workers engage in a variety of different ministries across the communities we serve. One type of ministry that appeals to children across countries and people groups, is play. Below are two accounts of why the simple concept of children playing is important in both a South Asian context, and a South-East Asian context.  Carol: South AsiaWe have started the community play space, a play based environment, to counter local schooling methods.  Most of the local schooling is d...

May 25, 2020

The Greatest Of These Is Love

One of our greatest privileges is to live and work amongst the people of South Asia. They have welcomed us into their world and made us feel like family. Together with them, we have experienced many highs and lows. Highlights such as destitute women given hope and a new opportunity at life. And lows such as the marginalized and minorities who continue to be passed by.  But whoever we are in this world, whether we are the esteemed or not, the corona virus is no respecter of persons. While th...

April 27, 2020

Charlie’s Prayer

Each month we will bring to you a prayer from one of our team. We hope that you will join alongside us in prayer for the people of Asia. Almighty God, thank you for the fact that you love us and that you are here. We want to lift before you our communities. We want to lift before you our people. The places where they go. The streets where they walk. The alleys where they cook their food. The homes that they sleep in. We pray for single mums with kids, and single dads with kids. We pray for wiv...

April 20, 2020

New Year Celebrations Postponed

Normally at this time of the year, our family would be posting photos and videos of us wearing the most colourful Hawaiian shirts we could find while shooting strangers with water guns. It is the time for New Year celebrations in our country, which consists of a number of traditions, one of which is a three-day water fight. This year, which will come as no surprise to you, things are a little different as our country along with the whole world tries to control the spread of Covid19 within our co...

April 16, 2020

Sona’s Story

We are excited to share with you the story of Sona. Sona’s transformation comes from the commitment and outreach of Pastor Baba who lives upriver from Peter and Leonora. God is good, and we faithfully hope for more transformations like this one! “My name is Sona and I am 14 years old. I have a mother, and a sister who is married. My father left me when I was very little. In August 2019, I received an Operation Christmas Child giftbox containing various beautiful gifts. I felt very special an...

April 13, 2020

The City That Never Sleeps Is Quiet

Well, what a time to be living through! We now live in a world that feels and looks different to the one we were in just over a month ago. As I write this, I can hear the call to prayer from outside but cannot hear anything else. There is no honking of horns, no shouting, no construction noise, no street sellers calling about what they’re selling, no planes flying overhead. It is, for the most part, silent. Those of you who have experienced this part of the world will understand just how ...

April 6, 2020

Josh’s Prayer

Each month we will bring to you a prayer from one of our team. We hope that you will join alongside us in prayer for the people of Asia. Father God, we thank you for the people of South East Asia. Thank you that we are able to live and work within their unique culture and language. May you show the people of South East Asia your love and assurance of faith as a loving God towards them. May they be able to have their eyes opened from fear and appeasement, to one of thankfulness and love for a ...

March 30, 2020

John’s Prayer

Each month we will bring to you a prayer from one of our team. We hope that you will join alongside us in prayer for the people of Asia. This month’s prayer is from John. John and his wife Helen serve in South Asia. Father, when I walk down some of the streets of the city where I live, there just seems to be millions and millions of people. Father, it leaves me to wonder, how can we communicate your heart, the person of your Son, and His Kingdom to so many? Father, open the eyes of the people ...

February 17, 2020

Kabita* - A Life Changed

The following story has been taken from an interview with Carley who serves as a teacher at GEMS School in South Asia. I first met Kabita when she was about 13 years old. She comes from a slum family, and is the youngest of six children; she’s one of the only females in her family. For a long time Kabita didn’t believe in herself or her own ability. She was a very average student, and was very quietly spoken. She was a kid that blended into the background. If you asked me seven years ago if...

January 20, 2020

Leanora’s Prayer

Each month we will bring to you a prayer from one of our team. We hope that you will join alongside us in prayer for the people of Asia. Heavenly Father, we thank you for the long legacy of New Zealand Baptists reaching out into Asia. We thank you for the seeds that have been sown, and we thank you Father that we are seeing now, that over many years, those seeds are coming forth. There is a harvest that is ready, and you are the Lord of the harvest. I thank you Father that in this time, the seas...

January 15, 2020

“But Anna, what is Christmas all about?”

I am a planner. I always have been and no doubt always will be. So it was no surprise that mid-way through November I had walked around to the local courier office to gather a parcel for Christmas.“Anna, where have you been? And what have you got?” were the calls of excitement as I drew near to my two neighbours standing in the street. I start to explain. “Is it Christmas today?” they ask innocently. I almost laughed as I thought they were joking but then my brain clicked, of course...

December 16, 2019

I Am With You

My kitchen is bigger than her whole house. My walls and floor gleam white and one entire corner of my lounge is well-tended, exotic jungle.   Her bed fills her entire room, save a 2-foot strip which allows space to get dressed and access the personal effects stored under the bed.  My apartment is flooded with light. Her room is gloomy, the building itself over 100 years old; sagging, chipped, damp.  When we visit, she squats on the floor so that we can perch on the bed. She f...

December 12, 2019

Love & Support

In all honesty, shame and/or guilt is a huge motivator for me.  I agreed to write this article out of shame, not because someone shamed me into writing it, quite the opposite, it was a lovely email, asking me, with no obligation, to contribute and share on this story.  The shame came on my side.  The shame of declining, what would they think of me if I said no? I would not be living up to the image of the work I do here.  I would be letting the team down – I was worried abo...

December 11, 2019

There Is Room

Malachi (aged 9) has drawn an awesome picture of what the parable of the Great Feast looks like to him.MAKE A DONATION...

December 10, 2019

Freedom To Come

Every Sunday, in our neighbourhood, there is a large plant and animal market.  There are a couple of hundred of sellers who line either side of a long road, showing off all the plants they have for sale, and the vast selection of goldfish, rabbits, birds, puppies and associated trappings which are all available for the discerning purchaser.  The road, which is usually only busy with some traffic, becomes a chaotic mayhem of hawkers and customers, all vying for elbow room and the best b...

December 9, 2019

Come, Come...

Come, Come. The table is ready, Prepared just for you. I say มา มา (come) Sticky rice, som dtam and chicken. All your favourites,  Because I know you. I created you. I love you.  So leave your rice fields. Do not stop at the temples, Or pause before the monks. Come young and old. Bring your family and friends. Come out of the heat, Find shelter and peace in my name. I am the God of all. Come, come.&...

December 8, 2019

Welcome

Reflect on Mikayla’s (aged 11) beautiful interpretation of Luke 14.MAKE A DONATION...

December 7, 2019

Love For His People

Hospitality is a huge way of life amongst the people here in South Asia. It’s their way of saying “I respect you, and value your company.” How welcomed we have often felt, and it has helped to create a real friendship between us. But what about those people in our large city who can’t contribute; those who are so poor that they struggle just to survive? Then there are those who live in the interior of our district, where nobody pays them much attention. They are largely farmers, and if t...

December 6, 2019

Loving Others

So Jesus said, “Bring in the poor, the crippled and the lame…” And I sort of shuffled my feet and hung my head. “…compel them to come in, so that my house will be full!” he said, And I looked the other way and whistled under my breath. When everyone else had gone I felt his presence still there, behind me in the room. I wish he wouldn’t do that, but he does. “Don’t look at me like that!” I said, not facing him. I could see him well enough from the corner of my eye. ...

December 5, 2019

Share With Us

Be inspired by this artistic reflection of the parable of the Great Feast, drawn by Carley in South Asia...

December 4, 2019

Compel All People

There was once a wealthy land owner in Tripura. His rice fields stretched far and wide. There came a day when he decided to invite his good neighbours and business friends to a big feast. The colourful and richly decorated invitations were sent out in good time.  The day for the feast came. The Landowner sent out his workers to tell all those invited, that the feast was ready. "Please come. The fat, juicy pig is cooked to perfection. Dishes of the best rice, dahl, vegetables, fish...

December 3, 2019

You Are Invited

“You are invited!” He said.The punctured reply – “No thanks, I have better offers.”          The housing market is ripe                    and I’ve got to get ahead.          Business is unceasing                   and the ambitious never sleep.          I’m in a new relationship        &nb...

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