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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...

December 2, 2019

12 Days Of Christmas

Luke 14: 16-23 “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to tell the guests, “Come, the banquet is ready.” But they all began making excuses. One said, “I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.” Another said, ‘I have just brought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Another said, “I now have a wife, so I can’t come.” The servant returned and told his mast...

December 1, 2019

Employment Subsidy

Subsidising the employment of a woman in a freedom business We opened the doors of this particular freedom business in 2001. It is located in one of Asia’s largest red light areas with ~10,000 sex workers; many of whom were trafficked from villages, The vision of this business is to provide alternative employment, and opportunities for freedom, as a way to empower women to leave the sex trade. Operating for over 18 years, this freedom business has served as an inspiration to many and has seen ...

November 20, 2019

Christian Literature Centre

The Christian Literature Centre, based in Chandpur, grew out of a need to produce Christian literature - tracts, books and hymn books - for the people of Bangladesh.  Tracts were integral in evangelism and books necessary for church planting and discipleship.NZBMS had been publishing a monthly magazine, Nabajug, since 1935 and this new publishing programme was the work of Rev. Bob Alcorn.  It became a key ministry of the NZBMS and Nabajug continues to this day.  This is the only n...

November 19, 2019

Daily Devotional Reading

In the province where this project is running two languages are spoken- the head language and the heart language. The head language is the official language of the country, whereas the heart language is more commonly used between friends and in the markets. The purpose of the Daily Devotional Reading project is to create Christ-centred resources in the heart language. It was discovered that through this language locals were better able to connect with the Gospel message. Currently, there are ver...

November 19, 2019

Keeping Families Together

The Keeping Families Together Programme is a comprehensive programme that aims to strengthen at-risk families. Local leaders are mobilised to serve their communities by caring for orphans, widows, and vulnerable families. The programme has seven key methods: Families increase their knowledge and understanding by attending ten holistic development training modules. Families develop a financial plan to increase their income and decrease their debt. Families improve their health through knowledge a...

November 19, 2019

Christmas Angel 2019

This year we invite you to participate in our annual NZBMS Christmas Angel Appeal. Your prayers, encouragement, and giving have all contributed greatly towards our work across Asia. Together, with God’s guidance and direction, we are speaking and sharing the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ into the lives of many people.  Christmas Angel this year is set around the parable of the Great Feast found in Luke 14, with a specific focus on the forgotten and mistreated. The ones on society...

November 5, 2019

Prayer & Self Denial 2020

God is weaving a masterpiece and we are all a strand within it.  Our theme for Prayer and Self-Denial 2020 has been derived from the well-known metaphor of a beautifully woven tapestry. Throughout the appeal we have likened the top side of the tapestry to the Kingdom of God, with the bottom side symbolising the messiness of life. Our Tranzsend people are serving in some very messy places yet, with God’s guidance and prompting, we are making the Kingdom of God known in the places we are se...

November 4, 2019

Pastor – how do you keep mission at the forefront?

Much has been preached, spoken, and written of the Great Commission in Matthew 28. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” This principle is further underscored by another ‘great commissioning’ of Jesus’ followers in Acts 1. “… you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Neither of these passages is new or novel – we know th...

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