Heartlands Autumn 2023

Heartlands Autumn 2023 is the quarterly email for EmpowHer – a network of Tasmanian women growing and encouraging each other in their God-given potential.

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    World Women’s Day of Prayer


    Last October, Day of Prayer events were held around Tasmania. Did you get to one of them? These are incredibly encouraging times of hearing, praying and giving.


    • HEARD about the work, and worlds, of women around the globe.
    • PRAYED for the women, some of them have devastating stories.
    • GAVE to the amazing projects, run by women, which are changing families and communities.

    In 2020, Australian women raised a total of $365.
    In 2021, Tasmanian women raised a total of $560.
    And in 2022, Tasmanian women raised a total of $869! WOOT!

    Great work everyone! Watch out for the Day of Prayer opportunities in your region in October 2023, and make a difference to our world.


    Weekend Wind-Down

    Fireside Chats EmpowHer event 17th March 2023

    WHEN: 7-8:30pm Friday 17th March 2023
    WHERE: Hoo Hoo Hut, Trevallyn Nature and Rec Area (Duck Reach Rd)
    WHERE? Change of plan! New location: Liv-Eat Kings Meadows,
    Shop 143 Hobart Rd. SEE MAP
    WHAT: Wind-down for the weekend and enjoy supper!
    WHO: All women welcome
    INFO: Wendy (0407 765 414); Mary (0408 335 618)
    FLIER: Unfortunately, the flier is now out of date and no longer available.

    SO FAR IN 2023

    Women in Leadership

    No Limits Conference Feb 2022, Heartlands Autumn 2023

    Ann Herbert explains what took place at the recent No Limits women’s conference in Brisbane, when many of the sessions explored the importance of women in church leadership.

    Pictured above are Tasmanian attendees Jenna Blackwell (City), Zahara Rehrman (Summerhill), Tracey Avery (City), Ann Herbert (Citywide); Jenny Baxter (Hobart), and Kez Hutchison (Wynyard) . Plus the speakers panel, and the women gathered.


    WANTED: Southern Team Members

    EmpowHer are looking for additional team members in Southern Tasmania.

    If you regularly attend a Baptist church, enjoy being with women, and are good at organising things, then how about joining our team?

    Please contact Jenny Baxter to find out more: jenny@tasbaptists.org.au

    EmpowHer Southern Tas Activities, Heartlands Autumn 2023
    Recent EmpowHer Southern Tasmania events

    Heartlands Spring 2022


    Learn to Live with Less

    Heartlands Autumn 2023 - Live with Less

    How one family stopped shopping for a year

    Ethical consumption isn’t just about what you buy; it’s also learning to live with less.

    Here’s how one family took drastic action to discover what they really need for a fulfilling life.

    From Baptist World Aid.

    To find out about EmpowHer events and activities for women in Tasmania, please subscribe to HEARTLANDS!


    Heartlands Spring 2022

    Heartlands Autumn 2023

    Heartlands Spring 2022

    HEARTLANDS news is the quarterly email for EmpowHer – a network of Tasmanian women growing and encouraging each other in their God-given potential.

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      Diary Dates

      Check the details on these events by scrolling down.
      Have you subscribed to Heartlands to find out about events in your region?

      • Pro-Tip: DOWNLOAD invitations to invite your friends by email, or print some for your church, or another group.

      DAY OF PRAYER, northwest

      DOP NW event 2022

      Ulverstone Baptist
      10am, Saturday 22nd October
      RSVP Mon 17th Oct gabefife@gmail.com

      DAY OF PRAYER, south

      DOP South event 2022

      Claremont Baptist
      2pm, Saturday 22nd October
      RSVP Sat 15th Oct jenny@tasbaptists.org.au

      MORNING TEA, northwest

      Morning tea in Latrobe

      Monclair of Latrobe
      10am,Saturday 12th November

      World Women’s Day of Prayer

      Late October/Early November 2022

      World Day of Prayer 2022, Heartlands Spring 2022
      Heartlands Spring 2022, Day of Prayer 2022

      President of Baptist Women of the Pacific Elissa Macpherson explains what the Day of Prayer event is all about.

      This event was launched by the Baptist World Alliance Women over sixty years ago, after World War II had shattered unity between the nations.

      Read More >

      Heartlands Spring 2022

      Action for You

      FOMO or JOMO?

      Do you suffer from FOMO? It is so easy to have a Fear Of Missing Out!

      The Joy of Missing Out, Heartlands Spring 2022
      You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and
      clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:11 (NIV)

      We don’t want to miss out what’s on social media. So we scroll, and keep on scrollinig.

      We don’t want to miss out on that delicious cake or muffin. So we stack the kilos on.

      We don’t want to miss out on that special moment, or this event, or the other big gathering. And in the process wear ourselves out.

      But check this: THERE IS ANOTHER WAY!

      Have you heard of JOMO?

      The “Joy Of Missing Out” is easy too.

      Stop scrolling, and ease your anxious heart.

      Say NO to that cake – and enjoy a slimmer you.

      Take a break from endless commitments, to make some space to rest your body, soul and spirit.

      Instead of being fearful of missing out, choose JOY and relief in taking time out. Today.

      Women Making a Difference

      From one Generation to the Next

      Love Beyond our Backyard

      Heartlands Spring 2022

      Three generations of northwest Baptist women leave a wonderful legacy across the world.

      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.

      Read More >

      To find out about EmpowHer events and activities for women in Tasmania, please subscribe to HEARTLANDS!


      Heartlands Spring 2022

      Floods in Pakistan

      Pakistan Floods Sept 2022


      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.’


      • 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

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      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

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        Heartlands Autumn 2022

        Heartlands News

        The latest Heartlands news is here!

        • EmpowHer events coming up.
        • Praying with Intention
        • Exciting women’s ministry at The Point Baptist
        • The Science of Seeing God

        Baptcare Foster Care Training

        Fostering Hope

        Shared stories, Shared lives

        WHERE: Wellspring Anglican Church (Grosvenor St, Sandy Bay), or on Zoom
        WHEN: 9-4:30pm Saturdays 7th and 14th May
        REGISTER: For in-person or Zoom

        Volunteer for KidzFest!

        Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham

        Kidzfest is a free family-friendly event for pre-school and elementary age children. It’s going to be great!

        Volunteer for Kidzfest >

        HOBART 1:30pm 21st May, MyState Bank Arena

        LAUNCESTON 10am 28th May, Silverdome

        Kidzfest begins with music guests and “The Quest,” an interactive presentation with a fun Gospel message. There will be petting zoo, games, balloon animals and other fun activities all for free!

        Kidzfest at the Silverdome
        Kidzfest Hobart

        Tickets are required to attend Hobart events: (not for Launceston!)

        FIND OUT MORE Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham >

        SHELTER – EmpowHer Retreat

        5pm-5pm, 24-25 June 2022

        Shelter Retreat June 2022

        Led by Denise Stephenson (LifeWay) and Jenny Baxter (Hobart), this retreat will focus on sheltering in God’s presence.

        Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

        Psalm 91:1

        If you are weary and burdened with life, and need some time to enter God’s presence to reflect, restore and rest, then come along!

        INFO: The retreat is non-residential, and will be held in Blackmans Bay.
        COST: $45/person NB. There are other ways you can contribute if money is an issue – so get onto us!
        ARE YOU IN? Call or SMS to reserve your spot, and we will send you more info: 0401 652 566
        BROCHURE Download here

        Ministry Training at WEC

        Cert IV Christian Ministry and Theology

        WEC Cert IV course

        Eastern College Australia are offering accredited units at its delivery site in Launceston. Worldview Centre host evening classes where you can complete units towards a Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology.

        The Tuesday evenings include catered meal breaks.

        Unit Costs $300/unit

        Where Worldview Centre for Intercultural Studies, 41 Station Road, St Leonards, TAS 7250

        Apply https://apply.eastern.edu.au  
        Download Brochure

        Dates for remainder of 2022

        5pm-8:30pm 14 June-30 August (10 weeks): Christian Ethics
        5pm-8:30pm 13 September-29 November (10 weeks): Discipleship

        Tasmania Celebration

        Since 1950, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has held Crusades across the globe to proclaim God’s love to people who need Jesus Christ. Today, Will Graham Celebrations continue this life-changing mission.

        A Celebration is not just an evangelistic event; it is a process of prayer, training, outreach, and follow-up that takes place over a 12-month period—and it begins and ends with the local church.

        The Tasmania Celebration is scheduled to take place in May 2022, just a few short weeks away.

        In Hobart, the Tasmania Celebration will be held at the My State Bank Arena on 21st May. In Launceston, the main events will be at the Silverdome on 27th-29th May.

        Will Graham at the Silverdome

        PRAY for the Events

        Commit to praying; privately, within your Connect Groups and prayer gatherings.
        Click HERE to download prayer points as we pray together in unity.

        Here’s what’s happening. All events are FREE!

        Tasmania Celebration HOBART My State Bank Arena

        Kidzfest Hobart

        Click dates for more details

        Tasmania Celebration LAUNCESTON Various Venues

        Click dates for more details


        Perth Baptist is running a bus to attend the 29th May event at the Silverdome.
        For more info, please email info@perthbaptistchurch.org.au or call  0418 130 221.

        Advocating for the Most Vulnerable

        Micah Australia is a coalition of Christian aid agencies who lobby the government on behalf of the world’s poor, vulnerable and oppressed. Micah Australia’s Executive Director, Tim Costello, is one of Australia’s best-known community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.

        The 2022 federal government Budget, released on 31st March, revealed some major wins. This included the announcement that the government will increase the intake of Afghan refugees. 

        Watch the video from National Director, Matt Darvas, to find out more:

        Matt Darvas Micah Australia

        There were also some incredible outcomes for Micah’s End Covid For All campaign. This is the direct result of months of campaigning for Australia’s neighbours in crisis.

        You can take action

        • Please spread the good news and thank Minister Alex Hawke (Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs) for responding, by sharing this Facebook post.
        • Through Micah’s latest campaign, A Safer World For All, the momentum will be sustained in the lead-up to the federal election. It’s an unmissable opportunity to call on Canberra to support our neighbours in crisis.

        EmpowHer Northern Walk

        Saturday 21st May 2022

        APBF Congress 5-7 Sept, Korea

        5-7 September 2022, Online

        Since the formation of the Asia Pacific Baptists Federation in 1975, and the first historic gathering of Baptists in 1979 in Hyderabad, India, the APBF Congress has met regularly every five years. As a result they have touched thousands of Baptists through the Congress.

        APBF has witnessed the faithfulness of God in Asia and the Pacific over the period of 40 years as the Baptists of Asia and the Pacific has grown to almost 40,000 churches today.

        The 10th APBF Congress again calls Baptists to gather with the theme “Stronger Together” in its first Hybrid Congress (available to both in-person and online attendees). Attendees will witness yet again God’s faithfulness. In-person will allow you to interact face-to-face with the speakers, while online will provide a seamless flexibility to join the Congress from your location.

        STOP PRESS! Due to an overwhelming response, all registrations for in-person attendance have now closed.

        ONLINE Registrations still available > Early bird regos ($30) are due by 30th April 2022.

        Find out about speakers and program >

        New Look for Baptist World Aid

        Here’s some exciting news: if you stop by the Baptist World Aid website, you’ll find a new look and a new visual identity. The look might be new, but they are still committed to ending poverty so all people can enjoy the fullness of life God intends.

        (Even now, BWA’s Ukraine appeal is helping Christian Partners care for displaced families.)  

        BWA will also print a new quarterly 16-page magazine for supporters, Better World Magazine, which will hit mail boxes in the next few weeks and includes news updates, inspiring features and even a column on ‘Curly Questions’.

        DOWNLOAD the “Design Explainer” (1MB) >

        Midyear Assembly

        Mission Director, Stephen Baxter

        Friday/Saturday, 6th-7th May 2022

        A heads-up that our next Tasmanian Baptist Assembly will take place at Riverlands Longford on Friday night 6th May, and Saturday 7th May.

        As always, Assembly will be an inspiring time of challenge, encouragement and connection.

        On Saturday, Scott Pilgrim of Exec. Director of BMA will speak. “Business” is kept to a minimum, and the focus will be our theme for 2022: (en)Courage.

        If you are not a regular attendee and would like to attend you are very welcome. It is important to note, however, that only official church representatives have voting rights.

        Church Secretaries watch out! Information for Assembly, will soon come your way to distribute to delegates.

        Crossover Easter 2022

        Crossover Easter appeal 2022: Make a World of Difference

        History has shown that nothing transforms lives, communities, the world, like people coming to know Jesus. Sharing Jesus is so vital, what if we had more confidence, more wisdom, suitable methods and more really useful resources. Crossover passionately focusses on helping Australian Baptists share Jesus.

        There are three ways Churches can get involved: CLICK to find out >

        Donate to CROSSOVER Here

        Please support Crossover this Easter!

        Tasmania Celebration 2022

        HOBART – 21st May | LAUNCESTON 27th-29th May

        Prayer events in Launceston and Hobart

        Tasmania Celebration

        Will Graham will be in Tasmania in May for the Tasmania Celebration. Let us make sure we cover the entire event in prayer before, during and afterwards!

        Prayer meetings are scheduled in the north and south of the state over the next few months.

        All are welcome!

        Click HERE to find a prayer meeting near you.

        Christian Life and Witness Course

        Do you want to know how to easily share your faith with others?
        Or perhaps you would like to be a prayer partner/counsellor at the Tasmania Celebration?

        Then look no further! This 3 x 2-hour-session course is being run in Hobart and Launceston, and you can pick up missed sessions online.

        Check course dates/locations > | Check Course Online > (Facebook Group)

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        April/May 2022 ReCharge

        May Assembly Overview
        Around the Churches
        Pastoral Profile: Dan Evenhuis
        Fostering Hope: Respite Carers needed!
        Deep Thought: Mike Frost – Becoming wise
        Being Strong and Courageous
        Wynyard Baptist Food Drive
        Church Profile: Citywide

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