Our theme for 2019 is ‘Where God Leads’. Early in 2018 Pastor Alastair Hall from Manukau City Baptist Church, joined us on a journey to all of our contexts overseas where our Tranzsend people live and serve. We shared with him, how God is working and leading amongst those to whom we as NZ Baptists have been called, and to witness the part that we as a denomination have to play in the Great Commission. Alastair (known as Arnie) came expectant and open to what God would show him along the way. His reflections are included throughout this Prayer and Self Denial appeal. Come on an adventure with us, as along with Arnie, we explore all of our regions overseas where NZ Baptists are working and witness firsthand the people and the communities they serve.
We believe that mission is central to the heart of God and as followers of Jesus we have a responsibility to be involved, as He has called us to in Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:18-20. That mandate is equally important to the places in which we live and work, and ‘beyond borders’ and ‘to the ends of the earth’. For the NZ Baptist Missionary Society (NZBMS) it’s the latter that is our heartbeat, specifically through Asia and the Pacific, and this has been the case for 133 years.
We pray that together, each with a part to play, that God will be glorified through this appeal and the Kingdom of God will be evident to many around His world.
On behalf of NZ Baptists who are serving with NZBMS overseas, the locals that we partner with and serve alongside, and those that the team serve throughout Asia and the Pacific, we thank you for your support.
Ngā Mihi Nui.
Rachel Murray, NZBMS General Director