ReCharge NEWS December 2022

ReCharge NEWS December 2022

14th December 2022 | ReCharge News December 2022

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    UPDATE YOUR DIARY!

    Tas Baptist Dates, 2023

    NB: The dates published in the TB Handbook 2022 have been updated, as below

    DATEEVENT
    10-11 FebruaryNO LIMITS Women’s Conference. See Below
    20 FebruaryPastors and Leaders Muster, Hobart Find Out
    25 MarchTas Baptist Council
    17 AprilEaster Sunday
    5-6 MayMid-Year Assembly, Newstead
    17 JuneTas Baptist Council
    11-13 July Pastors and Leaders Muster, Northwest Find Out
    23 SeptemberTas Baptist Council
    12 SeptemberPastors and Leaders Muster, Launceston Find Out
    20-21 OctoberAnnual Assembly, Riverlands Longford
    18 NovemberTas Baptist Council

    EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH THEOLOGY

    Women’s Symposium

    This symposium is for women who are interested in what the Bible teaches about women.

    HOSTED BY
    Baptist Women of the Pacific
    WHEN?
    10-11 February 2023, Friday evening and all-day Saturday.|
    WHERE?
    Riverlife Baptist Church, 47 Jennifer St, Seventeen Miles Rocks, Qld
    SPEAKERS?
    Dr Christa McKirland; Marg Mowcsko; Rev. Megan Powell du Toit; Rev. Sela Havili
    Find out more about the speakers

    A CAROL OF HOPE IN THE MIDST OF DESPAIR

    I Heard the Bells movie

    Christmas is not always merry. Indeed, the season’s festivities can make some people’s despair feel particularly bitter.

    This was the case for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of America’s best-loved poets of the 19th century – and the subject of a new film I Heard the Bells, to be released in select Australian cinemas on 1 December.

    READ more about it > (Eternity News)

    BOOK tickets (Hobart and Launceston): iheardthebellsmovie.com.au

    WATCH the trailer, below.

    STEPHEN ATKINS – CHRISTMAS OUTREACH

    A Christmas Concert

    Beauty Point, Launceston, Smithton, Devonport

    Stephen Atkins Christmas, TB News December 2022

    BETTER WORLD GIFTS

    Baptist World Aid

    Sick and tired of giving trinkets to people who already have everything? Why not give a Better World Gift instead!

    Better World Gifts do much more than meet immediate needs like clean water, food, health and income. They allow people to live with dignity. They can also end poverty, not just for individuals, but for whole communities.

    Better World Gift ideas,
ReCharge NEWS December 2022

    These are gifts that give hope.

    Each gift you give supports the community-driven work, run by BWA’s Christian partners.

    It’s about making a bigger, lasting difference by helping individuals and families develop long-term livelihoods, health, education and leadership skills . . . and that’s a big picture!’

    You will help end poverty, thanks to the lasting impact of your Better World Gifts, along with the wonderful work of people on the ground.

    NEED HELP?

    Visit the Gift Generator HERE > Everything is supplied to help you pick the perfect gift card and make a difference on behalf of your loved one.

    The range includes physical gift items for your friends and family (eg. tote bags, journals, colouring books). As well as gifts to give to communities who need your help (eg. chickens, blankets, emergency shelter)  

    Help is supplied so you can select the perfect gift
    Filter for age group, passions/interests, global region and price range.ad ReCharge


    CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

    Love Out Loud Kids’ Videos

    Love Out Loud is a Christian charity, established to produce Christian videos for kids everywhere!

    Featuring 100 videos of 25 minutes duration on the Love Out Loud fresh new website. Lessons are designed to be streamed into a} School Scripture Lessons, b) Kid’s Church, or c) for Parents at home to use with their family.

    All content is available on the website and is 100% free for home and church use. YOU WILL ENJOY …

    • 30 videos for 6-year-olds
    • 30 videos for 9-yeay-olds
    • 40 videos for 11-12-year-olds

    HOW TO SIGN UP

    • Visit the website www.loveoutloudoz.com
    • Click on the ‘SIGN UP’ button in the top bar to subscribe to a plan.
    • Enter your details and follow the prompts to complete your registration.
    • Click on the activation link in the confirmation email to verify your account.
    • You are now logged in and can access the lessons by clicking on the ‘lessons’ button in the top bar.
    • You can edit your profile and update or cancel your subscription by clicking on the ‘My Account’ button in the top bar, followed by the ‘Edit Profile’ button.

    The lessons are free for home and church use.

    WATCH A LESSON NOW!

    Click to watch “All About Heaven” (23 minutes)

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    November/December 2022

    Christmas Events Tasmanian Baptist churches celebrate! (from 14th December)
    Deep Thought Dec 2022 The Change Makers by Melissa Lipsett BWA
    How Did we Do in 2022? From the Mission and Leadership Team
    CROSSOVER Christmas Resources Helping Baptists share Jesus at Christmas
    AROUND THE CHURCHES November 2022 Find out what’s been going on!
    ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Anthea Maynard reports
    FAMINE In the Horn of Africa Be Informed by Baptist World Aid

    NEWS: November 2022

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    Deep Thought December 2022

    Self-help group in Bangladesh; change makers

    Pictured Above: A self-help group meets

    Deep ThoughtA bi-monthly feature in ReCharge

    The Change Makers

    Melissa Lipsett, CEO Baptist World Aid, explains the impact of women empowered to change their world.

    It’s illegal, but 40 per cent of girls in Nepal are married before they turn 18, and seven per cent before they turn 15.  The Nepalese government is hoping to eradicate child marriage by 2030, but is this even possible?  Will this ever change?

    I believe it will. Here’s why

    I recently returned from Kapilvastu in West Nepal. It’s a region that has major development challenges and a general lack of adequate services. For example, there are no toilet facilities or running water in people’s homes. There are few opportunities for people to generate income and, sadly, high levels of gender-based violence and child marriage.

    The challenges are overwhelming, but here’s the thing: communities ARE overcoming them. Baptist World Aid works with local Christian Partners who share our belief in the dignity, value and equality of all people (Gen 1:26-27).

    Our Partners bring the locals together in community groups, and it’s the locals who lead the transformation of their communities. Ninety per cent of these community leaders are women. They’re known as self-help groups, and they’re courageously changing their world.

    Our Partners bring the locals together in community groups, and it’s the locals who lead the transformation of their communities.

    What self-help groups do

    Working as a committee, with elected positions such a chairperson and treasurer, members collaborate to make the changes they want to see in their community. These women showed me how they had depolluted their pond and water source.

    Some of them have started small businesses.  And I heard stories of how they confronted perpetrators of domestic violence as a commanding group of 17! I saw leadership, determination and courage from the same people who were, until recently, considered less than their husbands, brothers and sons.

    "Kumari" Self-help group Nepal, change makers

    Emerging from poverty

    Every one of these women, these “change makers”, has a story. Many were married as children and didn’t have the opportunity to go to school. Quite a few are now mothers, surrounded by little people with constant needs that are hard to meet. In the past they might have given a daughter in marriage to ensure she—and her remaining siblings—would survive.  

    But the gains they’ve made in emerging from poverty means they now say, ‘No more! We will not allow our daughters to suffer as we did’. And they mean it.

    ‘No more! We will not allow our daughters to suffer as we did’.

    As I travelled through the area, it was evident that wherever poverty was effectively diminished, girls were in school.

    One extraordinary facet of these self-help groups is that are made up of traditionally antagonistic social groupings, but there is no infighting. They are too busy changing the world.

    I wonder if what would happen if we were too?

    Melissa Lipsett, CEO BWA

    Melissa Lipsett is the CEO of Baptist World Aid

    More Deep Thought, 2022

    The Sound of Silence by Denise Stephenson
    A Change in Thinking for Changing Times by Laurie Rowston
    Courage to Make a Difference by Mark Wilson
    Just Mercy by Michael Henderson
    On Becoming Wise Elders by Mike Frost


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    November/December 2022

    Christmas Events Tasmanian Baptist churches celebrate! (from 14th December)
    How did we do in 2022? From the Mission Leadership Team
    CHRISTMAS IDEAS For Baptists from Crossover
    AROUND THE CHURCHES November 2022
    ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Report by Anthea Maynard
    NEWS: November 2022 | December 2022

    Recent (PDF) Issues of ReCharge


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    Change Makers

    Crossover Christmas Resources

    Crossover Christmas Resources 2022

    Christmas Ideas

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    Crossover Resources provided for Baptist churches

    VIDEOS TO WATCH OR SHARE

    1.     Santa vs Jesus – highly recommended

    God is not a Santa in the Sky A short, fun, poetic Christmas video (3m) by Glen Scrivener

    2.     Peace, Hope and Joy at Christmas

    Outreach Christmas video (3m 18s) produced in conjunction with Olive Tree Media


    SERMON/MESSAGE RESOURCES

    Missing Peace?

    This Advent and Christmas series was developed by Crossover. It is adaptable for use in all kinds of churches, highly invitable, and full of the great news about Jesus. 

    Christmas Resources 2022 - Missing Peace from Crossover

    The series title, Missing Peace? is, of course, a two-sided play on words. It calls to all who thirst for peace, and hints at a ‘missing piece’ which is Christ the cornerstone. 

    Resource Includes

    Five message outlines can be used in any order, with each standing alone.

    1. Missing Global Peace
    2. Missing Relational Peace
    3. Missing Personal Peace
    4. Missing Everyday Peace
    5. Finding the Missing Peace

    Easy-to-edit artwork for invitations and promotions

    • High quality themed artwork
    • Customise and edit using Microsoft Office apps
      • Social media posts
      • Postcards
      • Posters
      • PowerPoint slides

    To develop this resource, Crossover partnered with Pastors Miranda Dixon, Jason Hoet and Kerry Davies; and cross-cultural worker, Luke Hutchinson (Baptist Mission Australia).


    EVEN MORE CROSSOVER CHRISTMAS RESOURCES!

    All ready and available to use. Check them out here >

    Christmas Resources 20


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    October/November 2022

    Christmas Events Tasmanian Baptist churches celebrate! (from 14th December)
    Deep Thought Dec 2022 The Change Makers by Melissa Lipsett BWA
    How did we do in 2022? From the Mission Leadership Team
    AROUND THE CHURCHES October/November 202
    ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Report by Anthea Maynard
    FAMINE In the Horn of Africa Melissa LipsettCEO Baptist World Aid
    PRISON MINISTRY By Cameron Brett of Prison Fellowship Tasmania
    DEEP THOUGHT The Sound of Silence By Denise Stephenson
    FROM THE MISSION DIRECTOR: Does God Really Care? By Stephen Baxter
    SCHOOLS MINISTRY: Mustard Lives Transformed by Jesus
    CHURCH PROFILE: Newstead Baptist

    October 2022 NEWS | November 2022 NEWS

    Recent (PDF) Issues of ReCharge


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    Christmas Resources 2022

    Famine in the Horn of Africa

    Famine in the horn of Africa

    Food Security

    FAMINE IN THE HORN OF AFRICA

    Baptist Word Aid CEO Melissa Lipsett warns of imminent devastation

    Regretfully, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa* is reaching dire levels. Baptist World Aid is taking proactive steps in anticipation of an official declaration of famine.

    The United Nations declares a famine in conjunction with the affected country. They use a metric called IPC to monitor hunger through phases of severity from one to five. Famine (phase five) is triggered when: 

    • an area has a minimum of 20 per cent of households with an extreme lack of food;
    • over 30 per cent of children are experiencing malnutrition; and
    • two in 10,000 people are dying daily from starvation, malnutrition or disease.

    With, 21 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia experiencing acute food insecurity, we expect this declaration any day.

    The United Nations declares a famine in conjunction with the affected country.

    God is Faithful

    This is sobering and feels overwhelming. But I’m convicted, as always, of God’s faithfulness.

    To practically help address global crises, Baptist World Aid Australia has joined with 14 other Australian humanitarian aid organisations to respond in the Horn of Africa through our Hunger Crisis Appeal.

    Working within this alliance allows us to share resources and skills so that, together, we maximise our impact during international emergencies. This means we will be able to access a joint pool of funding through the generosity of donors who may be unfamiliar with Baptist World Aid. It also means we can channel funds to where most needed, through a trusted, expanded network. But of course, we need the help of our Baptist family too as we respond to this global crisis.

    What Funds Will Do

    Funds raised through the alliance and the Baptist family will help support the work of our local Christian partners in Kenya and Uganda—ensuring people can access:  

    • emergency food rations to prevent malnutrition;  
    • vouchers and cash grants to purchase household and livelihood necessities; and 
    • training in innovative techniques that will help drought-affected farmers feed their families—now and into the future.

    What’s causing the hunger crisis?

    Please pray that food and water would flow through to the hungry and thirsty

    Food and fuel prices have spiked worldwide in the wake of COVID. Four years of severe drought, and locust swarms have further compounded the situation in the Horn of Africa. Finally, the conflict in Ukraine has interrupted usual supply chains, making food even more scarce. To learn more about this hunger crisis, click here.

    While this is a desperate situation, we’re encouraged by the partnership we enjoy with the Australian Baptist family, and proud to represent Australian Baptist Ministries within the Emergency Action Alliance.

    Please pray that food and water would flow through to the hungry and thirsty, and that God’s people around the world would hear the call to give generously. Together, we continue to serve Jesus as we strive to make a better a world for all.

    Melissa Lipsett

    Melissa Lipsett
    CEO, Baptist World Aid

    * Definitions of The Horn of Africa vary, but at broadest include Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. 


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    October/November 2022

    CHRISTMAS IDEAS For Baptists from Crossover
    AROUND THE CHURCHES October/November 2022
    ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Report by Anthea Maynard
    PRISON MINISTRY By Cameron Brett of Prison Fellowship Tasmania
    DEEP THOUGHT The Sound of Silence by Denise Stephenson
    FROM THE MISSION DIRECTOR: Does God Really Care? By Stephen Baxter
    SCHOOLS MINISTRY: Mustard Lives Transformed by Jesus
    CHURCH PROFILE: Newstead Baptist
    October 2022 NEWS | November 2022 NEWS

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    Floods in Pakistan

    Pakistan Floods Sept 2022

    FLOODS IN PAKISTAN

    Baptist World Aid: Keeping you informed

    By Jo Kadlacek

    Monsoon rains regularly affect the north of Pakistan. However, this year recent rains, combined with melting glaciers, have created catastrophic flooding. Over 1,400 have died since June, a third of whom are children, and the floods have affected 33 million people. Sadly, the death toll rises daily.

    Almost a third of the country has been underwater. As well, more than three million children are in danger of waterborne diseases, malnutrition and drowning. According to UNICEF, these kids need urgent humanitarian assistance.

    Long recovery

    Floods in Pakistan
‘Pakistan needs our prayers and our coordinated help to bring immediate relief and begin the difficult but crucial work of long-term recovery.’  Laura Fontaine, International Programs Manager at Baptist World Aid

    ‘There is no question Pakistan’s tragic floods will require a long-term response. A recovery that will take years,’ said Laura Fontaine, International Programs Manager at Baptist World Aid. ‘That’s why we have begun the immediate work of partnering with other Christian organisations and their local partners who are currently doing food and shelter distribution.’

    Crops and livestock are destroyed and infrastructure between many villages is now non-existent. Pakistani officials say more than two million acres of agricultural land is flooded, preventing remaining farmers from planting new ones. They are calling the floods the worst in the region’s history.

    ‘Where do you drain the water? It’s an ocean. It’s a merciless sky.’

    Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s Climate Minister

    Pakistani government’s response

    The government distributed water pumps in recent weeks, but the equipment is overwhelmed, according to Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s climate minister.

    ‘Where do you drain the water?’ Rehman said. ‘It’s an ocean. It’s a merciless sky.’

    The flooding comes at a particularly difficult time for Pakistan. Economic downturns, poverty and food shortages have troubled the country.

    ‘The human toll is unimaginable in every way,’ Fontaine said. ‘Pakistan needs our prayers and our coordinated help to bring immediate relief and begin the difficult but crucial work of long-term recovery.’

    PLEASE PRAY FOR PAKISTAN:

    • That children would be safe, reunited with family, and have psycho-social support;
    • For quick and safe delivery of humanitarian aid, despite flooded roads;
    • That God’s people would provide ongoing support, prayer and assistance for the Pakistani people in the years to come.
    Jo Kadlecek, Baptist Word Aid

    Jo Kadlecek moved to Australia from Boston six years ago. She lives in Sydney with her husband and their dog, Clark Kent. Jo is the senior editor at Baptist World Aid Australia.


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    August/September 2022

    Ministry Profile Ben Cochrane, Somerset
    Deep Thought 21st Century Mission by Laurie Rowston
    From Andrew Turner of Crossover Census Overview
    Stand Sunday 2022 Make a stand for foster carers ~ During September
    Church Profile Claremont Baptist
    From the MLT Achieving Lasting Social Change
    Love Beyond our Backyard Three generations of generosity in Wynyard


    September 2022 NEWS
    August 2022 NEWS

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    FLOODS IN PAKISTAN

    Love Beyond our Backyard

    Cindy, Shirley Wilson and Kelsea
    Heartlands News

    From Local to Global

    How three generations of Baptist World Aid supporters built a legacy of generosity

    Sophia Russell recently chatted with three women from the same family from Wynyard: Shirley Wilson, daughter Cindy and granddaughter Kelsea Clingeleffer. Kelsea is the International Programs Coordinator at Baptist World Aid.

    Giving has shaped our lives to bring a perspective way beyond our backyard

    Shirley Wilson remembers the day she first decided to become a Child Sponsor with Baptist World Aid Australia.

    It was 1977, and she was raising four children, working part time as a nurse, and helping her husband, Graeme, run a small poultry farm in the northwest of Tasmania.

    A guest speaker from Baptist World Aid Australia visited Wynyard Baptist, and spoke about a Child Sponsorship program. He explained that Australians could provide a monthly gift to support the work of Christian Partners working in places like Bangladesh and India. The funding would support children in those countries, helping them build a future free from poverty.

    ‘I decided it would be a good thing,’ Shirley said. ‘I’ve always loved Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40, “as much as you did to one of the least of these my brethren, you did to me,” and I wanted to put it into practice’.

    A Thrilling Discovery

    After that Sunday, Shirley decided to support Anika*, a Child Partner living in India. Anika was nine years old, which made it easy for Shirley’s similarly aged daughter, Cindy, to connect with her. Cindy was thrilled to discover Anika enjoyed the same things she did—skipping rope, running games, playing outside with friends. But Cindy also learnt that their lives were vastly different.

    ‘It was an interesting education to have insight into somebody else’s world,’ Cindy said. ‘That’s when I started to think outside my own community.’

    ‘It was an interesting education to have insight into somebody else’s world,’ Cindy said.

    Cindy loved exchanging letters with Anika so much, that when she got her first job as a teenager, she used her pocket money to become a Sponsor.

    ‘Mum’s example had a big impact on me,’ she said. ‘We can’t all go overseas, but this is how we can contribute’.

    One Generation, to the Next

    Cindy didn’t stop contributing—even when she married her husband David and they had children of their own. And even when it wasn’t easy. ‘David lost his job about 20 years ago,’ Cindy said. ‘We clung on to our Child Partner for as long as we could, so it was heartbreaking when we couldn’t support him anymore’.

    When David started working again, the first thing they did was ask if their Child Partner was still available to support. ‘I was so happy that he was,’ Cindy said. ‘That made me realise what a big impact our Child Partners had on us.

    Sponsorship also had a big impact on Cindy’s kids. Her eldest children, Kelsea and Braden, took over a newspaper delivery business as teenagers, and used their earnings to support a Child Partner themselves.

    ‘My mother’s heart sang!’ Cindy recalls. But for Kelsea, raised by big-hearted parents and grandparents who travelled with overseas mission organisations, generosity wasn’t something extraordinary. It was just part of the Christian life.

    Generosity wasn’t something extraordinary. It was just part of the Christian life

    A BIG Perspective

    Kelsea

    ‘I always knew that there were communities that were in different circumstances to mine,’ Kelsea said. ‘In my family, it was normal to see the world as a bigger place, not just to focus on us.’

    This perspective eventually led Kelsea to pursue a career in international community development, spending 22 months in Cambodia with the United Nations Development Program. At the beginning of 2022, she started serving as an International Programs Coordinator at Baptist World Aid. Her role, which focuses on building community resilience and responding to disasters, is a far cry from her paper delivery days. But her heart is the same.

    ‘While it’s easy just to focus on ourselves, God calls us to love our neighbour,’ Kelsea said. ‘That might be the person next door, or it might be someone overseas.’

    Having a Heart that Rubs Off

    Today, Shirley, Cindy and Kelsea still call the northwest coast of Tasmania home. And they continue their legacy of generosity. Shirley’s home is full of gifts she’s crafted for children in need overseas—girl’s skirts, doll clothes, toy hedgehogs made from old scarves. She’s still supporting children, now with friends from Wynyard Baptist Church. And she couldn’t be prouder of her granddaughter Kelsea.

    ‘You always hope that having a heart for others rubs off on your kids, and their kids,’ Shirley said. ‘It’s pleasing to know that we can make a difference to someone else’s life.”

    Cindy, who is still part of Baptist World Aid’s Child sponsorship program, agrees. ‘We’re not meant to live as islands,’ she said. ‘As Christians, we’re called to live in community and support each other, even across the globe’.

    *not her real name


    Sophia Russell is the wife of a minister, mum of two children and the communication specialist at Baptist World Aid.


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    August/September 2022

    Disaster Strikes Floods in Pakistan – Baptist World Aid
    Around the Churches News and events statewide
    Ministry Profile Ben Cochrane, Somerset
    Deep Thought 21st Century Mission by Laurie Rowston
    From Andrew Turner of Crossover Census Overview
    Stand Sunday 2022 Make a stand for foster carers ~ During September
    Church Profile Claremont Baptist
    From the MLT Achieving Lasting Social Change


    August 2022 NEWS
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    Mary’s First Christmas Ponderings, Ray Hawkins
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    2ND DECEMBER 2021

    Safer Spaces Toolkit

    On 22nd November 2021,  Australian Baptist Ministries (ABM) released the Safer Spaces Toolkit. This is a  resource to address domestic abuse and build relationally healthy communities.

    Safe Spaces toolkit

    The Safer Spaces Toolkit is an endorsed project of Australian Baptist Ministries aimed at resourcing pastors and church leaders to address domestic abuse and build relationally healthy communities.

    The project working group is made up of Baptist women from around the country who have expertise in pastoral leadership, theology, teaching, domestic abuse and project management.

    This project started because ABM recognised that domestic abuse resources were often available only by region, and wanted to create a resource that could be accessed by any pastor anywhere, with access to the Internet.

    The Safer Spaces Toolkit is a work in progress and feedback and suggestions are welcome. To get in touch please send an email via the CONTACT PAGE

    The Safer Spaces Toolkit is available HERE 


    GIA change their name

    GIA become BMA

    Global Interaction have got something exiting to share… they are changing their name! Global Interaction is becoming Baptist Mission Australia.  

    This is not something they undertake lightly. Over the past year they began implementing the 2021-2025 Strategic Roadmap. With this came big questions about the future direction of GIA.

    While listening to the Spirit, they saw it was time to refresh the name and brand for a new and exciting season of ministry.  FIND OUT MORE

    Christmas Poem

    Mary’s First Christmas Ponderings
    Mary's first Christmas ponderings

    A poem by Ray Hawkins of Beauty Point

    READ HERE

    Based on Luke 2:51

    Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

    READ MORE: NOV/DEC 2021 ADVANCE | step by step

    18th November 2021

    Big Hearted Gifts

    Gifts that end poverty

    Baptist World Aid (BWA) Big Hearted Gifts do much more than meet immediate needs like clean water, food, health and income. At their heart, these gifts are an expression of God’s extraordinary love at work in the world. They allow people to live with dignity, and they end poverty. Not just for individuals, but for whole communities. These are gifts that give hope.

    Each gift supports the community-driven work run by BWA’s Christian partners. It’s about making a bigger, lasting difference by helping individuals and families develop long-term livelihoods, health, education and leadership skills.

    Thanks to the lasting impact of your Big Hearted Gifts, along with the wonderful work of people on the ground, you help end poverty.

    How it works

    When you select a gift card for a family member or a loved one this Christmas, you’re also making a donation to a community development project. Your tax-deductible donation will fund vital community development projects that include the activity featured on your card.

    • You can give an eCard, a Gift Card (which is mailed to you for your use), or do a last-minute-dash and print your own as a PDF file.
    • Perhaps you need help working out what sort of gift to give? Use the Gift Generator to help you pick the perfect gift card, and make a difference on behalf of your loved one.

    Tasmania Celebration Launch

    Launceston and Hobart moments
    A Time to Dedicate the Outreach Events with Will Graham, in 2022
    Tasmania Celebration Launch, prayer events
    • LAUNCESTON: 6:30-8pm Friday 19th November Door of Hope Christian Church South Launceston
    • HOBART: 6:30-8pm Saturday 20th November C3 Convention Centre South Hobart
    • More info: tasmaniacelebration.org.au
    Tasmania Celebration Launch

    Converge Tasmania 2021

    On the 17th August, 23 Tasmanian Baptist leaders from around the state met in Longford to prepare to speak out for the needs of the global poor, refugees and survivors of domestic violence.

    Our church has been talking for some time about what it means to actively engage in issues of justice in the broader community. Ten of us made it to the Converge conference because we saw when Baptist churches work together in areas like these, we’re much more effective.
    The work the different Baptist agencies have done in putting together the JUSTICE 2021 Report gives us a credibility and tangible way forward we simply could not do on our own.

    Pastor Matt Garvin (Citywide)

    Since then, Tasmanian Baptist teams have visited the local member in each of our five federal electorates, and to as many of our 12 senators as possible as part of Converge 2021. At each meeting they have discussed big issues, and presented each one with a copy of the Australian Baptist Justice 2021 report.

    Check out the slideshow! Below there are photos of only five of the ten visits that took place.

    • Rodney Marshall, Jacinta Sinclair (BaptCare), Brian Mitchell, and Jeff McKinnon.
    • Mrs Bridget Archer MP, (Liberal) Member for Bass: Ed Love, Kay Hunter, Bridget Archer (wearing a climate scarf), Maddy Svoboda, Jenna Blackwell, Karlin Love
    • Jono Duniam, Stephen Baxter, Matt Henderson, Liam Conway. With Michael Henderson (photographer)
    • Receiving the Australian Baptist Justice 2021 report in Launceston with Jeff McKinnon, Kay Hunter and Stephen Avery
    • Kay Hunter, Ed Love, Sen. Helen Polley, Karlin Love, Jeff McKinnon

    POLITICIANTEAM
    Mr Brian Mitchell (ALP) Member for LyonsRodney Marshall, Jacinta Sinclair (BaptCare) and Jeff McKinnon
    Mrs Bridget Archer MP, (Lib) Member for BassEd Love, Kay Hunter, Maddy Svoboda, Jenna Blackwell, Karlin Love
    Sen. Jonathon Duniam, (Lib) ClarkStephen Baxter, Matt Henderson, Liam Conway, Michael Henderson
    Sen. Peter Whish Wilson, (Greens) BassJeff McKinnon, Kay Hunter, Stephen Avery
    Sen. Helen Polley, (ALP) BassKay Hunter, Ed Love, Karlin Love, Jeff McKinnon
    Mr Andrew Wilkie MP, (Ind) Member for ClarkMichael Henderson, Stephen Baxter, Liam Conway
    Sen. Anne Urquhart, (ALP) FranklinMichael Henderson and team
    Hon. Julie Collins MP, (ALP) Member for FranklinMatt Garvin and team
    Mr Gavin Pearce MP, (Lib) Member for BraddonNicholas Alexander and team
    Sen. Anne Urquhart, (ALP) Braddon Nicholas Alexander and team
    Converge Tasmania Team visits to Politicians 2021

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    4th November 2021

    Book Review

    Finding God in Brazil: Personal stories to amaze and inspire
    Author: Dr John B Dyer
    Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN: 978-1979439817
    Available: $15AUD from Amazon >>>
    Finding God in Brazil; Need to Know Nov-Dec 2021

    Dr Dyer describes this book as a series of stories about his experience of living and working in Brazil over a period of 33 years. His story involves the stories of other people, and both become interwoven into a single fabric.

    I found this book to be easy to read as it written in everyday language without the use of theological jargon. There is humility in Dr Dyer’s sharing. His sense of humour is evident as he tells of the lighter moments of being a missionary in Brazil. Clearly, he has an obvious love for the Brazilian people.

    I am struck by the tenacity of both Dr. Dyer, and his wife Maria. They persevered through many hardships that come with living in a different culture. As well, there are difficulties with many subcultures, and a varied terrain and climate throughout Brazil. They also experienced personal tragedy with their first child being stillborn, and their second child dying 24-hours after birth. There is also adventure and danger. For example, John was hit by a car, and held at gunpoint in his own home!

    A young child is miraculously healed of malaria in an Amazonian rainforest. And also a young man with cancer, given two-years to live in 1985, continues to serve God to this day. Yes, God still performs miracles.

    John describes his book this way; “The aim of the book, written from the perspective of a Christian missionary working in the most remote parts of the country, as well as in some major urban centres, is to show how God is perceived to be involved in our everyday affairs.”

    In my opinion, he has been successful in this aim!

    Karen Buckney

    Karen Buckney, Assistant Administrator
    Tasmanian Baptists

    Faith and the Arts

    FATA22 Online from Poatina, 7-11 January 2022

    Jump on faithandthearts.org.au to check out the amazing range of Electives and Mix It Ups

    Faith and the Arts 2022; Need to Know Nov-Dec 2021

    Faith and the Arts is an awesome annual conference held in Poatina, Tasmania, targeting creatives of all disciplines and skill levels. The aim is “to come together to give time and space to their faith-art journey.” 

    I have always got heaps out of it, both personally and within my creative practices. There are always great speakers, highly skilled teachers, and a heap of fun. I especially appreciate the chance to try practices I am not familiar with.

    This year it is online (Covid! they hope to return to normal in person in 2023). I am leading an afternoon workshop on Monday this year, called “Small Prophetic Art”. Hope to see you there.

    Michael Henderson

    Michael Henderson, Mission and Leadership Development Coordinator
    Tasmanian Baptists

    Ethical Fashion Guide

    Baptist World Aid’s 2021 Ethical Fashion Report finds lingering gaps in wages, sustainability  
    2021 Ethical Fashion Guide; Need to Know Nov-Dec 2021

    People, planet or profit? What’s most important to consumers in purchasing the brands they like?

    Today you can find out. The 2021 Ethical Fashion Guide/Report is now on the Baptist World Aid website, along with some great new features for consumers to communicate directly with brands. This year’s report also explores the impact of COVID on garment workers; slavery/exploitation of all workers in the supply chain; and the environment.

    The grades of the brand companies within the report/guide reflect some progress, but we have a long way to go!

     About the 2021 Ethical Fashion Report   

    With its mission to end poverty, Baptist World Aid Australia has published the Ethical Fashion Report since 2013. As one of Australia’s leading publications on ethical fashion, the Ethical Fashion Report and Guide helps consumers make better choices based on thorough data from almost 100 companies representing more than 400 brands. 


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