ReCharge NEWS May 2022

NEWS May 22-ANZAC Day in the Park 2022 Sack Race with Citywide

25th May 2022

Pictured Above: Citywide helped organise ANZAC Day in the Park, in Lenah Valley
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    Family Faith Rhythm Cards

    The Australian Baptist Ministries Next Gen team have created a set of cards families can use to dig deeper in discipleship practices.

    “It’s a really good resource for households.”

    Jenna Blackwell, Tas Baptists’ Mission Leadership Coach

    This set of cards has been designed for families of all types and stages.

    The twenty included activities fall into four broad categories – discovering God’s big story, experiencing Jesus, showing God’s love and remembering and celebrating.

    GET HOLD OF A SET!

    Download Here >
    OR
    Order printed cards from the Tas Baptist office: (03) 6391 2202; info@tasbaptists.org.au


    Hybrid Conference

    BWA Annual Gathering, 10-15 July 2022

    BWA Hybrid Conference 2022

    It’s less than two months until the 2022 Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering, hosted in the United States for the first time in 40 years, and the first in-person event since 2020.

    Gathering on the beautiful campus of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama (USA), Baptists will unite July 10-15 for a strategic time of prayer, fellowship, learning and planning together with a special emphasis on racial justice. 

    Committed to make participation possible for as many Baptists around the world as possible, the event includes:

    1) Affordable Accommodation: Through BWA’s partnership with Samford, convenient and affordable lodging includes meals on campus. However, space is limited, so it’s important to reserve your spot today. The deadline for accommodation reservations is May 31.

    2) Virtual Registrations: Understanding that travel is still difficult for many, the Annual Gathering is planned to be the first hybrid BWA event. There is a virtual registration option, which includes streaming access to key corporate sessions, the online event networking platform, and unique on-demand content.
    ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE on June 30, 2022.

    Find out more about the Conference


    SHELTER Retreat

    EmpowHer, south

    5pm to 5pm, FRI/SAT 24-25 June 2022, Blackmans Bay

    Shelter Retreat June 2022

    SHELTER

    Everyone needs it. God provides it. We sleep, eat and live in it.

    But how do you live in the SHELTER of the Most High God?

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

    Psalm 91:1
    • Led by Denise Stephenson (LifeWay) and Jenny Baxter (Hobart)
    • $45/person Covers food and materials. (This is a non-residential retreat.) Contact us if you have hesitations about cost. There are other ways you can contribute.
    • Get your Rego form SMS Jenny: 0401 652 566
    • Invite Others! Download brochure

    Faith Runs Deep

    Karl Faase

    Video series with Karl Faase

    A unique 12-part video series unearthing stories of faith that have impacted Australia was released by Olive Tree Media on Wednesday, 4th May.

    Faith Runs Deep unearths stories of more than 40 Australians past and present who have been impacted by Jesus and have gone on to have a significant influence within the Australian community.

    The series is produced by Olive Tree Media, makers of the award-winning series, Jesus the Game Changer and Towards Belief. Olive Tree CEO and former Senior Pastor of Gymea Baptist Karl Faase, worked with their experienced production team, as well as Karl’s wife and series producer Jane Faase.

    MORE: Faith Runs Deep in ReCharge, 25 May 2022.


    Tasmania Celebration

    Will Graham event to bring HOPE

    Silverdome: 7pm Friday/Saturday 27/28 May; 6pm Sunday 29 May\

    The Tasmania Celebration is a free event with live music.

    Don’t miss the Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham, a free, family-friendly event.

    Musical guests will perform, and Will Graham will offer a message of hope. Will, the grandson of the late evangelist Billy Graham, has shared the truth of the Gospel with more than one million people on six continents.

    INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! The main event is preceded by Kidzfest and Youth events.

    KIDZFEST Launceston: 10am 28 May

    Kidzfest with Dan Warlow

    Tailored for primary school kids but the whole family is welcome! All children must be accompanied by an adult/carer.

    Featuring:
    Dan Warlow: a leading Australian Christian Kids’ Music artist and entertainer performing in schools, churches, festivals and community events.
    The Quest: A new, 20-minute interactive video Gospel presentation, that combines live action and animation to share the hope of Jesus with children.

    YOUTH! Launceston: 4pm 27 May (Friday)

    Youthfest runs into the main event with PlentBoom at 6pm

    For Highschool kids up – suggested age range (12–25). Youth under 16 years must be accompanied by a responsible person 16+.

    Featuring:
    PlanetBoom – a Youth band and ministry of Planetshakers.
    + Youth activities | FREE food and more!
    Youth ticket (Hobart) includes main Celebration with Cass (Cassandra Kanda), The Afters and Evangelist Will Graham.

    Hobart Wrap-Up

    • Attendance for the Hobart Celebration: (Kidzfest | Youth | Celebration) was OVER  2000!
    • Over 220 people responded to the call for salvation.
    • Almost 50% of responses were young people (10-25 years)
    • Over 70% of responses were 1st time salvation
    • Plus over 1100 viewed online with 24 responses so far!
    • This week, Churches are being contacted to start the process of follow-up.

    Support Refugees in Kyev

    The main Evangelical Free church, in Kyev Ukraine, is one of many hubs assisting refugees out of danger zones.

    Refugees leaving in a bus
    Refugees at the church’s bus in Kyev

    Refugees are brought to the hub, fed and tended to medically if necessary. Then they are taken on buses to various other cities in Ukraine.

    Director of City Networks, Kelvin Smith (Hobart Baptist) is friends with Anton, a pastor with the Evangelical Free denomination. Anton’s father, Antonoli, is Bishop of that denomination which represents about 80 churches. Both men have remained in Kyev throughout the invasion.

    Thankfully, the church was donated two 51-seater buses, and have two drivers and a van to aid their efforts. A free medical service is stationed at the hub. More than 3000 refugees have been moved in this manner. 

    The cost of fuel for continually running the buses is about USD$1500 per week. The cost of food at the shelter is about USD$1000 per week. 

    If you contribute, 100% of proceeds will go to fuel and food for refugees.

    Find out more: kelvin@citynetworks.org.au


    Domestic Abuse Resource

    Tas Baptists would like to make you aware of a new resource from ABM called the Safer Spaces Toolkit. A team of Australian Baptist women created the toolkit to equip churches to address domestic abuse, and help build relationally healthy cultures.

    Domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue for our nation, and it’s an issue that doesn’t discriminate. Sadly, domestic abuse occurs in every ethnic, social and economic group throughout Australia, and it also occurs within our churches. 

    Domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue for our nation, and it doesn’t discriminate. It occurs in every ethnic, social and economic group throughout Australia, including our churches.

    Despite this, we are not a people without hope. Churches can be (and often are) at the forefront of providing safe and caring environments for victim-survivors of abuse and can build cultures that model healthy and respectful relationships.

    We are grateful for the work our churches have already done to address domestic abuse in their churches and communities. The Safer Spaces Toolkit helps pastors and church leaders continue on that journey.

    Materials in the Safer Spaces Toolkit include:

    Sermons: A trauma-informed preaching lens
    Videos: Subject matter experts on various topics related to domestic abuse and building healthy relationships
    Training modules created specifically with church leaders in mind
    Resources: Links to a number of other resources

    It’s all free because of the generous sponsorship of Baptist Insurance Services, Baptist Financial Services and Baptist World Alliance Women


    May Mission Month

    As followers of Jesus, he calls us to cross the street, step out, build bridges and meet people where they are. The call is to live alongside our neighbours with the hope of Jesus. That’s what our intercultural teams around the world do! And it’s what church communities in Australia are called to as well. 

    The theme for May Mission Month 2022 is ‘Crossing the Street’.

    Resources are available for your faith community to engage with mission and Baptist Mission Australia’s ministry in a new way.


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    April/May 2022

    Faith Runs Deep Video Series
    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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    Around the Churches – Apr/May 2022

    Aroudn the churches Apr/May 2022

    Every two months you can catch up with some of the latest events in Tasmanian Baptist Churches.

    Around the Churches February/March 2022

    North

    CITY, Launceston

    Hazara Gardens; Steve Cooper lead worship at City, Around the churches,

    Housing Crisis

    City Baptist in Launceston has been heavily involved in discussions with Launceston Council and the Tasmanian Government regarding the housing crisis as it relates to the street community, those fleeing domestic violence and refugee settlement. Our street chaplain, Stephen Avery works hard amongst our street community. And Associate Pastor Kay Hunter relates to a number of women at risk.

    Ethnic community update

    Our Hazara community garden at St Leonards is flourishing, pictured at top. Sadly we have not been able to hold combined services with our Nepali congregation due to Covid. We hope these can resume soon.

    The “Makeover” continues

    Anthea Maynard and Jenna Blackwell have been seeking to build connections with young adults and considering what model of being ‘church’ our Makeover process might lead us to. This is still a work in progress. Our Do N Chew craft program was celebrated in April when it decided to close after 34 years in operation.

    Other news

    Steve Cooper continues to lead our worship times most Sundays, pictured below. Settlement for the sale of our current property falls in mid-September. Around that time we will consider relocation in earnest.

    PERTH

    Our Easter services were very encouraging with strong attendance at both our Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services. On Easter Sunday we had a community Easter egg hunt and morning tea before our service.

    We are gearing up to get as many from our community to the Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham. We’re inviting the community to meet us and travel with us to the Sunday service, and then come back to our Hall for supper. We are praying for a good response.

    GATEWAY, Launceston

    Gateway dedicate a new council member

    David Madden was welcomed to Gateway Church Council and commissioned in prayer during Sunday morning service recently. 

    RIVERLANDS, Longford

    Our Stay and Play Playgroup began for 2022 on Friday May 6 for children aged 0-5 years and their mums/carers. 

    Associate Pastor Liam Conway and Hannah are hosting a young adults group every Tuesday evening in their home, and Liam has started a once a month youth group at Riverlands on Friday nights. 

    NEWSTEAD

    Dedication of Boaz at Newstead, and the JESUS Lights
Around the churches,

    At the end of February we held a dedication service for Boaz Daniel Hutchison, pictured at top.

    At Easter, many attended our Good Friday service and our Son-rise outdoor services. It was a day to celebrate the greatest news ever!

    We have also turned on our Jesus lights to be a beacon to the community as the nights get darker. Pictured below.

    Northwest

    ULVERSTONE

    Food, fellowship and Easter

    After our Sunday church services over the summer months, we frequently joined together at Fairway Park for church family picnics. This was a great time of enjoying each other’s company in the open air. Now, as the weather is cooler and with the easing of Covid restrictions, we have resumed our regular post-service morning tea.

    Over the Easter weekend we reflected upon the events of the cross, Jesus’ love for each of us and His gift of salvation. Our own Nerrelie Cann and Carolyn Smith shared their hearts and brought us the word on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. And of course, we enjoyed hot cross buns and Easter eggs with our tea and coffee after the services.

    With certainty!

    Over the course of the last few months, we were challenged and encouraged by Pastor Louis as he preached his series titled “Spiritual wholeness”, and “How to be certain in uncertain times”.

    In March we celebrated with Cameron Hingston and Abbey Cunningham as they became husband and wife, We also welcomed Greg and Helen Venz into membership.

    LOWER BARRINGTON

    Lower Barrington Church had a time of encouragement on Sunday 3rd April, with the baptism of Helen Phillips after our Church service at the indoor pool at Silver Ridge resort Sheffield.

    This was followed by Lunch, with a great time of fellowship and sharing. Praise God.

    WYNYARD

    Reaching the needs of the Wynyard and Cooee communities

    Food Drive at Wynyard Baptist, collaborating with the Lions Club, Around the churches,
    Pastor Owen Muskett (middle) with volunteer Food Hub Coordinator Aileen Charles (left), and volunteer Jacki Harman

    The Wynyard Baptist Church and the local Lions Club ran a Food Drive to raise food and donations for the Community Food Hub that runs out of the ROC hall (formerly known as the church hall).  For those enquiring minds ROC stands for Redeeming Our Community.

    Over the two-day period, 21 crates of food were collected, as well as $1,239 in donations.  This was a great achievement and will support the continual work of the community food hub.  Wynyard Baptist took on the program after they were approached to take over “Grow, Gather, Give”. 

    Since then, they changed the name to the Community Food Hub, and the church has experienced continued growth in the program. The local community supports the food donations as well as farmers, Woolworths supermarkets and local bakeries.  The hub runs out of the ROC hall on Mondays and Fridays, and on Tuesdays and Saturdays from the Uniting Church Hall in Cooee.

    A group of volunteers from the community as well as the church runs the Food Hub.  The church has found this to be a wonderful outreach to the community and it has given many opportunities of witnessing for Christ

    Read more about the Food Drive

    South

    CITYWIDE

    Levendale

    At our recent AGM, the Levendale fellowship was formally embraced as a church plant under the umbrella of Citywide.  We are in process of establishing Wi-Fi and IT functions there to enable streaming and sharing in our services.

    Nepalese

    Pastor Paul Rai from our Nepalese congregation spent February in Nepal visiting family, re-connecting with his former refugee camp and encouraging rural pastors and outreach missions.  We are in discussions with Baptist Mission Aust to partner with them and formally bring our mission endeavours in Nepal under their covering.

    Community focus
    Citywide at CleanUp Australia Day; ANZAC Day event at Lenah Valley, Around the churches,

    For Clean Up Australia Day (pictured, top), we closed our Mornington service and encouraged our people to join in three different community clean-up areas (Warrane, Lindisfarne and Lenah Valley).  Over 80 of our people joined in. Some older folk prayed together in homes, and others met at Lenah Valley campus where link-ups with the sites were shared and streamed online.

    Again focussing on the community, our Anzac Day Celebration in the Park in Lenah Valley (pictured below).  This year, with Dan Evenhuis’ encouragement, we ‘stepped up’ the event and served the community with a range of free activities and food to enhance the Anzac Day spirit.  An event very welcomed and enjoyed by the Lenah Valley community.

    Prayer and dedication

    Prayer has been a growing focus at Citywide.  We have recommenced our monthly Prayer and Healing services.  We have joined with all the Eastern Shore churches in a combined prayer time – well attended and participated in – our unity growing – and ministry interactions developing.  There is a work of grace God is growing among us.

    CLAREMONT

    Claremont, new outdoor area, Around the churches,

    Here at Claremont Baptist we are delighted with our recently completed outdoor entertainment area. We enjoyed our first BBQ in beautiful weather, and look forward to many more opportunities for eating and sharing outdoors. Hopefully, in time, our neighbours will also want a piece of the action as the smell of onions wafts out!

    Many thanks to Alan Firth for his hard work in making this project a success. 

    HOBART

    Harmony Day and Easter services

    Around the churches, Hobart

    In March, Hobart celebrated Harmony Day. To encourage and affirm our ethnic diversity, people dressed in various national costumes (pictured, top) and the Karen choir sang.

    We held two very special Easter services which included a guest singer on Easter Sunday, and a moving montage displaying some Easter themes (pictured below).

    Some special events

    We also hosted the Christian Life & Witness Course in preparation for the Tasmania Celebration with Will Graham, coming up on 21st May.

    After Easter, we began a new sermon series, “Hope in the Darkness”, exploring how darkness is no enemy to God’s purposes. You can watch all our sermons on our YouTube channel.

    On Sunday 8th May we enjoyed hearing guest speaker Scott Pilgrim (Baptist Mission Australia) as he preached about “Crossing the Street” for May Mission Month.


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    Faith Runs Deep Video Series
    May Assembly Overview
    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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    You Could be a Respite Foster Carer!

    Fostering Hope

    Respite Carers Needed

    Fostering Hope Seeks Assistance from Tasmanian Baptists

    Tasmanian Baptists have a strong relationship with Fostering Hope, who are intentional about supporting foster carers. Together, we look toward a better future for Tasmania by recruiting suitably trained foster carers, placed in supportive church communities.

    Fostering Hope partners with radio stations ultra106five and Way FM with a state-wide awareness and recruitment campaign for respite foster carers.

    Respite carers are the fun people in a kids life

    There is a huge shortage of respite carers in Tasmania and Fostering Hope believes this is a need the Christian community can rise up to meet. Respite care gives full time carers a break AND offers extended family and community for foster children.

    The best respite care situations are where the respite carers are on the team around the child, and the children don’t even realise they are going to respite, but look forward to hanging out with their friends, ‘foster grandparents’, ‘cousins’ etc.

    Respite carers can be any age or stage of life, and get to be the fun people in the kid’s life! 

    Full Training Offered

    To ensure safety for foster children, respite carers receive the same formal training as full-time carers. Fostering Hope is there to support people through the training and next steps.

    Each term a ‘Preparation for Fostering’ course is offered. As well, new carers are buddied-up with existing carers. Of course, all carers join Fostering Hope’s awesome group of existing carers. Carers agree that one of the best parts about the carer journey is getting to hang out with other carers!

    Training will be provided by BaptCare on Saturdays 7th and 14th May at Wellspring Anglican, Sandy Bay. Attendance by Zoom is also available.

    How Tasmanian Baptists can help

    Fostering Hope ask that Baptist churches download one or more of the images below. Please use them in your bulletin, on your website, or in your social media posts.

    As well, one of the Fostering Hope team members can visit on a Sunday, mid-week event, or anything else!

    How to pray …

    The Prayer: By 2023, all foster children will have respite care, and there are plenty of carers in Tasmania. 

    Mary Dickins, Fostering Hope

    Mary Dickins and the Fostering Hope team
    mary@fosteringhope.community

    If you have any questions please contact Mary. She is happy to help you!

    Images to Download

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    Fostering Hope Respite carers
    Fostering Hope Respite carers
    Fostering Hope Respite carers
    Fostering Hope
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    Faith Runs Deep Video Series
    May Assembly Overview
    Around the Churches
    Pastoral Profile: Dan Evenhuis
    Deep Thought: Mike Frost – Becoming wise
    Being Strong and Courageous
    Wynyard Baptist Food Drive
    Church Profile: Citywide

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    Table of Contents

      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 LAUNCESTON
      Kidzfest Hobart
      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
      HOBART TICKETS >

      Tasmania Celebration LAUNCESTON Various Venues

      Click dates for more details

      PERTH RESIDENTS!

      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

      May 2022 NEWS

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      On Becoming Wise Elders

      Annual Assembly attendees Oct 2021

      deep thought

      Getting Old doesn’t Automatically Make You Wise

      Searching for Wisdom

      Michael Frost wonders where the wise ones are.

      Women at Annual Assembly Oct 2021. Becoming wise elders
      TB Annual Assembly 2021

      Have you ever wondered why, if our churches are so full of old people, we often have so much difficulty finding the wisdom of elders? You would think all that life experience and Christian living would make us smarter, deeper, wiser.

      Especially wiser.

      If that were true, the world would be awash with wise elders. We’re living longer than ever. Our retirement villages and nursing homes are full. The aged are all around us.

      I’ve concluded that becoming an elder in our society doesn’t happen automatically.

      But younger people regularly tell me they can’t find elders they look up to, women and men who can pass on their wisdom and insight. Many older Christians come off as narrowminded, fearful, and suspicious of change.

      I’ve concluded that becoming an elder in our society doesn’t happen automatically. It takes intention and focus to become one.

      Growing in wisdom

      Becoming wise elders
      TB Annual Assembly 2021

      Sure, the Bible teaches us that, “Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old” (Job 12:12). But such wisdom and understanding aren’t automatically conferred by drifting into some easy agedness.

      It takes a plan.

      As comedian Matt Black once quipped, “We always romanticise that our elders are wise because of their years of experience, but you know what? Stupid people get old too.”

      We need older women and men to be humble enough to remain open to God’s ongoing work in our lives – to embrace courage, serenity, peace, gentleness, and to see the work of our late years to be a blessing to others in their contribution to God’s kingdom.

      As we age, we do well to see that growth can still occur, but the growing we undertake in our later years is the humble, expansive work of mentoring, coaching, championing, and celebrating others.

      Moving into the future

      True elderhood is concerned with being poised and willing to be better stewards of what God has taught us and to provide emerging generations with wisdom and models for how to traverse the challenges that confront them.

      As the planet bakes, and nations clash, and public discourse breaks down, younger generations rightly swing between anger and confusion over being left with a world that is so deeply scarred and broken.

      Where will they find the wisdom to traverse the future?

      Intentionally becoming wise elders

      One of the elders I’ve looked to for inspiration is Ann Morisy, a British community theologian and lecturer. In her brilliant book, Bothered and Bewildered, Enacting Hope in Troubled Times (March 2010), she says there are nine aptitudes that wise people need to develop:

      1. NON-ANXIOUS: To be a non-anxious presence in stressful times.
      2. SYSTEMIC THINKING: To practice systemic thinking in order to resist the temptation to blame others when things go wrong.
      3. GRATITUDE: To practice gratitude — even in difficult circumstances.
      4. COURAGEOUS: To engage in courageous micro-actions that counter the inclination towards neo-tribalism and fragmentation rather than social cohesion (e.g., the conversation that Jesus has with the Samaritan woman at the well).
      5. IMAGINATION: To imagine ways of breaking out of the constraints of circumstances and have the motivation and discipline to persist with intentional behaviour.
      6. CONFIDENCE: To gain confidence in the viability of the economy of abundance and generosity that Jesus inducts us into, rather than being beholden to the economy of scarcity.
      7. GOING LIGHTLY: To practice sitting more lightly on the planet in recognition of our thoughtless abuse of the creation.
      8. FRIENDLY: To practice compassion and conviviality.  
      9. AFFIRMING: To draw on the enriching memories of eras past in order to affirm the human capacity to repent and correct our errors.

      That’s a pretty decent set of objectives for elders to embrace. And it jives with New Testament teaching on wisdom: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (Jas 3:17).

      It’s a skill!

      Wise elders must commit themselves to the task. We need a plan for developing elders to embrace the things Ann Morisy lists. We need the wisdom that comes from heaven. And we need training programs in elderhood.

      As Stephen Jenkinson writes, “Getting older is inevitable, becoming an elder is a skill.”


      Michael Frost is the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study centre located at Morling College in Sydney. He is an internationally recognised missiologist and one of the leading voices in the missional church movement.

      He is the author or editor of 19 theological books, the best known of which are the popular and award-winning, The Shaping of Things to Come (2003), Exiles (2006), The Road to Missional (2011) and Surprise the World! (2016). His latest book is ReJesus: Remaking the Church in Our Founder’s Image (2022).

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      Being Strong and Courageous

      Mt Field Crossroads Tas. Photo credit Jo Sinclair (Being Strong and Courageous)

      reengage | reimagine | realign

      Tasmanian Baptist Leadership Development Coordinator Jenna Blackwell grapples with being strong and courageous in our new paradigm.

      Can you remember a time where you found yourself at a crossroads?

      You know the path you think you should take, but you find yourself reverting to a familiar one, with well-worn tracks, common distractions and quite possibly even the same destination that you’ve been to before.

      Sound familiar?

      It takes courage to move beyond your experiences and presumptions and enter something new.

      The Courage to Change

      Mt Field Crossroads Tas. Photo credit Jo Sinclair
Being Strong and Courageous
      “There is always inherent risk when stepping out of the known.”

      Over the last year, Tasmanian Baptists have encouraged individuals and faith communities to reengage, reimagine and realign with God’s mission.

      This is a nice concept, but to implement these in our lives takes a lot of courage!

      Even fearless entrepreneurs, and those who love change, find themselves tripped up. Maybe the path is different, or a replica of a previous one. But regardless, the formation of experiences, beliefs and values impact the current experience and the end result.

      Often we don’t know what stops us getting the desired outcomes. Other times, we might know why we’re getting those results (or not getting), especially in personal leadership and spiritual development. However, we can lack the courage to face our fears and failings needed for different results. The fact is, we usually delude ourselves with defence mechanisms and excuses.

      It takes courage to move beyond your experiences and presumptions and enter something new. There is always inherent risk when stepping out of the known. But, isn’t this the faith journey?

      What does it look like to walk with courage?

      A decade ago,  “courageous faith” probably meant talking to a stranger about Jesus.

      While this still takes courage, many people are coming to realise there is courage required to lead oneself to God. This is where it all starts – personal leadership and spiritual development. No matter what your daily life looks like, these are foundational aspects of courageous faith.

      So then, what is meant by personal leadership and spiritual development?

      It is taking ownership for our contribution to a surrendered life to God. This includes personal times of stillness, practicing listening, inviting others to journey with us (especially in our brokenness), and loving our families and those around us.

      This is by no means an exhaustive list.

      Being Strong and Courageous

      Like a weaned child I am content...
Being Strong and Courageous
      Like a weaned child, I am content

      Lately, I have reflected on Psalm 131. Verse 2 reveals a picture of a trusting child coming into the loving embrace of a loving and trustworthy parent. This provides an example of how we can come into the arms of God – to rest, to be still, to be loved.

      But I have calmed and quietened myself,
          I am like a weaned child with its mother;
          like a weaned child I am content.
      Psalm 131:2

      But allowing yourself to be truly loved takes courage.

      It requires entering the desert and owning your brokenness in order to realise how dearly loved you are. In that stillness, you are (maybe after a time, if you have run without reprieve), strengthened for the journey ahead, by coming into your identity in Christ Jesus.

      As it is a journey for the glory of God and the sake of others, this journey also takes courage, which requires surrender.  

      The Courage to do it with others

      Tas Baptist Assembly Oct 2021 Photo Credit Gabi Dunn
Being Strong and Courageous
      “There are some very courageous people in our Tasmanian Baptist community.”

      It is also a journey requiring other people. You are not called to a life of individualism, but a life of community. It is in loving one another and doing life with others, that we are sharpened and find a more full picture of God.

      It is difficult to make changes without the support or community of others. But changes do occur when other people are invited into the journey. This takes immense courage, for it requires revealing your brokenness. Without such courage, it is possible to remain on familiar paths with familiar outcomes. The wheels keep turning but the endpoint remains the same.

      There are some very courageous people in our Tasmanian Baptist community. No doubt you can identify people in your community who you would call courageous. The question is, how do you walk with courage as we reengage, reimagine and realign with God’s mission?

      Where to begin

      Perhaps it begins with being still – coming into your identity as God’s beloved; entering the desert and facing your brokenness; and quietening your soul. By doing these things you are strengthened for the journey ahead, which is for the glory of God and the sake of others.

      If this article has left you challenged, encouraged, or questioning, the Mission and Leadership Development Team would love to hear from you.  

      We encourage you to invite others on this courageous journey as you digest the implications of this article.  

      Jenna Blackwell


      Jenna Blackwell
      jenna@tasbaptists.org.au
      Tasmanian Baptists Mission and Leadership Coach


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      Wynyard Baptist and Lions Club Collaborate

      Wynyard Baps food drive. Photo credit Rodney Woods/The Advocate

      FOOD HUB TO BENEFIT FROM CLUB’S DONATION DRIVE

      Owen Muskett and the team at Wynyard Baptist received some local press last week about the Lions Club food drive to gather donations for the ROC* Food Hub!


      First published in The Advocate, 30th March 2022

      The Advocate page 16, 30-Mar-2022. Article and photo by Rodney Woods

      If you are picking up some groceries at either Wynyard’s IGA or Woolworths supermarkets on Thursday and Friday [31st March/1st April], you will be greeted at the entrance by Lions Club of Wynyard members.

      They will be at the two stores from 9am both days collecting perishable and non-perishable goods as well as monetary donations for the Wynyard Baptist Church’s ROC Community Food Hub, which assists people who need a helping hand with their groceries.

      “The Lions Club have come on board and are doing this food drive so we can continue to supply good, quality, healthy food for those that need a hand in our community,” Wynyard Baptist Church pastor Owen Muskett said.

      “There’s always a need for food and it seems the more we have, the more we give away.

      “We don’t charge anything and it’s great to be able to give away what we have. This drive will be a great benefit to the food hubs at both Wynyard and Cooee.”

      There’s always a need for food and it seems the more we have, the more we give away.

      Owen Muskett

      Why get involved?

      Lions Club of Wynyard president Tony Allen explained why the club decided to get involved.

      “Because the ROC are doing such a good job, we decided to assist them by raising money and food donations for their organisation,” he said.

      “We have donated money before and we have decided this is a practical way of helping them and getting publicity for both the Lions Club and the ROC at the same time.”

      Lions Club and Wynayrd Baptist church work together.
Photo credit Rodney Woods/The Advocate
      Left to Right: Neville Woolley (Wynyard Lions Club and Community Hub Volunteer), Tony Allen (Wynyard Lions Club President), Nick Connell (Wynyard Lions Club Secretary) , Aileen Charles (Community Hub Coordinator Volunteer), Owen Muskett (Pastor Wynyard Baptist Church), Gwen Haines (Community Hub Volunteer) and Vonda Hall (Community Hub Volunteer). Photo: Rodney Woods

      The Lions Club hopes their profile in the community will increase the donations.

      “I think they will be improved as we have a high profile within the town as volunteers,” Mr Allen said. “The need is there so if we can help fulfill that need, good on us.”

      The club’s membership director Neville Woolley said Wynyard was a generous town for its size. “Everyone puts their hand in their pocket and every little bit helps.”

      EFTPOS donations will be available at Woolworths.

      Rodney Woods. Photo credit Brodie Weeding

      Rodney Woods
      Reporter, The Advocate

      This article is republished with kind permission of The Advocate.


      FOOD DRIVE OUTCOMES

      Drum roll please!

      After the food drive all the donations were gathered and counted over the weekend.

      In all, 21 crates of food were collected and $1,340 in donations!

      Wynyard Baptist did such a fantastic job. What a great opportunity for the church to reach out to their community through ROC*.

      SUCH GENEROSITY! From left: Wynyard Baptist workers Aileen, Owen, Neville and Gwen.

      * ROC stands for Redeeming Our Community


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      Citywide Baptist Church

      Citywide Congregation at Mornington
      Church Profile

      Bridging the Gap . . .

      . . . from One shore to the Other

      Citywide Baptist in Hobart spans two campuses, and stretches across Southern Tasmania. Senior Pastor Matt Garvin explains some of the new initiatives that make it all possible.

      Matt’s reflection is followed by a longer-term overview from long-time member Raie Semmens. She and Trevor made the move to the Eastern Shore with a young family back when the Tasman Bridge went down!


      Citywide Pastors Matt Garvin, Dan Evenhuis, Paul Rai and Paul Dare

      What’s Citywide up to?

      Pastor Matt Garvin reflects on the Work of Citywide Baptist in the Hobart community and beyond.

      When someone asks me how Citywide is doing, I never quite know how to answer.

      For a start, most people think about a church being a congregation of people who meet at a certain time every week. In contrast, Citywide has three distinct congregations, along with a pioneering church plant in Levendale, and a growing number of people who are connected online.

      New Citywide members - Hobart Nepali Church
      New Citywide members: Hobart Nepali Church

      Many people also confuse Citywide with our Mornington Campus (the old Eastern Shore Baptist church), but the truth is that the Lenah Valley and the Nepalese congregations are just as much a part of Citywide as Mornington. As well, our Nepalese congregation is by far the fastest growing.

      The central question that drives us as a church is what does it means to equip and encourage each other to follow Jesus in every aspect of our individual lives?

      Supporting other churches

      Our pioneering church plant at Levendale, too, is very much part of Citywide and central to our longer term plans. Small, and local, churches are the most effective way to minister in Tasmania. But running a small church is increasingly complicated. We hope to use Levendale as a trial to see whether bigger churches can provide enough support to rural churches. Hopefully, each can thrive in their own context. If the experiment is successful we hope to extend the offer of support to other existing or new rural churches around Tassie.

      Citywide Levendale

      The central question that drives us as a church is what does it means to equip and encourage each other to follow Jesus in every aspect of our individual lives? It is this question that means we are continually coming back to the FOLLOW, BLESS and SHARE practises, which you can read more about HERE. These are also why we are pursuing forms of online communication which help connect people with the message of Jesus every day. We are hoping to step more intentionally into this space in the coming year.

      Getting reorganised

      We want to organise our church around equipping our people for their works of service (Eph 4:12) which we understand means helping them discover and pursue their calling. This is why we have reorganised our facilities.

      to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

      Ephesians 4:12

      What was the Pastor’s office is now our Meeting room; and the Associate Pastor’s office is now our Counselling room. Our former general office is now our Lounge/informal meeting space. As well, our staff team work in a big open plan office alongside anyone else from our church who is seeking to pursue some kind of ministry or expression of their calling.  The meeting spaces are available to our whole church family.

      Our Nepalese congregation is such an important part of who we are. So because so many of our Nepalese members have strong connections back to their country, it is clear God is calling us to step into mission in Nepal. We are currently in discussion with Baptist Mission Australia about the shape of that emerging frontier for us.

      Hobart Nepali Church 2022, at Citywide Lenah Valley
      Worship time: Hobart Nepali church at Lenah Valley, 2022

      Looking beyond our own backyard

      Paul Dare, Citywide Levendale
      Paul Dare

      In addition to rural ministry, Paul Dare is also leading our church (and Tasmanian Baptists) in moving forwards in our relationship with Tasmanian Aboriginals, and facing the implications of our state’s complicated history. Our Aboriginal Sunday service on the Queens Domain was a real highlight, and we expect to make a habit of engaging with this question as a congregation in different ways two or three times a year.

      We also focus on what it means to love our neighbours, and towards that end we cancelled our Sunday service in order to participate in Clean Up Australia Day in March. In addition, we encouraged our people to connect with their neighbours on Neighbour Day, and we are partnering with the Lenah Valley RSL for a Family ANZAC day commemoration.

      Aboriginal Sunday Service Jan 2022
      Aboriginal Sunday Service on Queens Domain
      Citywide participated in Clean Up Australia Day in March 2022
      Participating in Clean Up Australia Day

      We also focus on what it means to love our neighbours

      In addition to all of this, it really seems as though God is at work in the remarkably strong relationships building between churches in Hobart, and particularly the Eastern Shore of Hobart. We are gathering across churches to pray semi-regularly and partnering in lots of different ways.

      So how is Citywide doing? We are moving forward but we are conscious that we still have a long way to go, and we are trusting that Jesus will continue to lead us.


      Citywide History

      Our Last Few Years

      By Raie Semmens

      New arrival, new fervour

      July 2017 saw the arrival of the new pastor, Matt Garvin, whom God called back to Tasmania from Canada, with his wife and family, to minister at Citywide.

      Raie and Trevor
      Raie and Trevor Semmens

      At that time, the church was challenged afresh to be authentic followers of Jesus, and to think about our impact on the wider community. To begin with, Matt encouraged many to participate in the Foundations Course, resulting in a large percentage of the church looking at the basics of our faith and witness.

      A direct outcome of Foundations was an outreach to the Lenah Valley community. We held an ANZAC Day festival for families following the local RSL’s ANZAC Day march and service. People enjoyed free food, games and activities, and the RSL appreciated all the work done.

      It was very encouraging for those who planned the event, and involved under Matt’s leadership, to see the response from people of all ages. The media also reported positively about this event. Since then, the church has also put on Carols in the Paddock on Christmas eve for the community at Mornington.

      Carols in the Paddock 2019
      Carols in the Paddock 2019

      Tech solutions pre-Covid

      With our two campuses, Lenah Valley and Mornington, skilful tech people began live-streaming Sunday worship services from either venue. So when Covid-19 struck, with necessary Public Health precautions, Citywide was ready to share worship and teaching times.

      Our YouTube channel enabled a wider audience with Baptists, and other Christians, in Wynyard and Marrawah. Across the state, they connected for fellowship, music and teaching. People who needed assistance to access the technology and engage in the sessions received one-on-one  help and encouragement.

      A time to evaluate

      A re-assessment of the church’s property and resources have shown how to best serve the church and the community. As a result, we have increased the size of the office space. This provides work stations are available for use to anyone who needs a base to work from. As well, people from the Nepali congregation manage the church café area. Pastor Paul Dare planted a church in Levendale. Plus, we provide practical help with things like printing carol sheets for the local service, as well as prayer and support.

      I thank God that over the last five years we have been challenged to reach out to others. Now, we use our gifts and abilities in many different ways to serve others. These are just a few ways we can share our love for Jesus and his love for the world.


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      Jeff Percival, Lower Barrington

      Jeff and Ann Percival, Stephen Baxter, Jeff and Ann's daughter Anitra_6Feb22

      Ministry Profile

      Jeff Percival

      Jeff Percival Lower Barrington
      Jeff Percival at Lower Barrington

      Jeff Percival was inducted at Lower Barrington Baptist on Sunday 6th February 2022. He is pictured above on induction day with Ann, their daughter Anitra, and Tas Baptists Mission Director Stephen Baxter.

      But who is Jeff and what gets him excited? To fill the gaps, Jeff wrote his story. Read on!

      The Royal Women’s Hospital in Sydney is where it all began for me. Dad was granted compassionate leave from duty with the air force in Darwin to see his eldest son, just after I was born. He spent most of time with the bomb disposal unit at the Darwin RAAF base. My parents moved to Cronulla in the Sutherland Shire NSW when I was five and I spent all my teenage years there. 

      My young sister died at four years old and that event
      changed the life of the Percival family

      Most of my time outside of school hours was spent surfing at Cronulla beach and sailing in Botany Bay with Dad and my younger brother.

      My young sister died at four years old and that event changed the life of the Percival family forever. God intervened in a mighty way when my parents sought answers as to why she had to be taken from us. The long journey ended when they became Christians and joined the local Baptist Church.

      Church became a major part of our lives from then on, and Church camps and Sunday school provided great times of fellowship. It was at one of the camps at Tahlee where I was convinced of my need to confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour.

      Working and Ministry Life

      Further study after leaving school centred on Accountancy and Purchasing Diploma, and led to a position of Purchasing Manager with a large multi-national company. The fast-paced life in the secular world took its toll after 20 or so years. So, Ann and I moved to the north coast where we built our home in a beautiful dairy valley. By that time, all our children had married, and we now have 15 grandchildren.

      “All those who graduated were sent out to supportive churches”

      I had begun theological studies with Tabor College, and after several years we were called to Teen Challenge, a Christian drug and Alcohol rehabilitation centre. Our job there was as Camp Director/ Pastor and Counsellors.

      We spent three years living with 10 staff and 30 “students”. Teaching was done at four Chapel services a week, and one on Sunday. Counselling was given on a needs basis, and the students lived on site for 12-months. Then, all those who graduated were sent out to supportive churches. There they were encouraged and supported to live drug free.

      Never have I been so aware of the sovereignty of God in difficult situations and the changes in the lives of those students who graduated when they yielded their life to Christ. The Lord was so present with us and so real. So much so, it was difficult for all staff to readjust to “normal” life outside when they left.

      How Will they Hear?

      In later years I began an interim pastoral role with churches who were without a pastor. This brought us to Tasmania in March 2015. Here I have had an itinerant ministry, preaching from north to south, over approximately eight years.

      A quotation from Charles Spurgeon I’ve applied to my life since first reading it in the mid-90’s is, “When God calls you to preach the Gospel , don’t stop on the way to become a King.”

      I will never decline the opportunity to preach the Gospel of the good news of Jesus Christ. This is because I’ve seen captives set free from the most debilitating addictions. As well, “how will they hear without a preacher?” It is so exciting to see lives transformed by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God!

      How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

      Romans 10:14

      Blessing upon Blessing

      Jeff and Ann Percival
      Jeff and Ann

      What blessings the Lord has bestowed upon Ann and myself over the years! Here we are at Lower Barrington Baptist Church. It is our new Church family, who are hungry for the Word of God.

      These are exciting times for those who watch for His coming to call His children home to be with Him. It is time to be diligent in the study of the Word and prepare ourselves for the Lord’s imminent return. Pray for those who, week by week, preach the unadulterated truth that they never compromise the God they serve.    

      In a few words: Jeff Percival

      I look forward to worshiping the Lamb and crying, “Holy Holy worthy is the Lamb!”

      “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
          to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
          and honour and glory and praise!”

      Revelation 5:12 (NIV)

      I worry about, and am burdened for, the lost, those who have no living hope! 

      I am confident that the current world situation is encapsulated in Psalm 2.

      Why do the nations conspire
          and the peoples plot in vain?

      Psalm 2:1

      I am overjoyed the Lord has seen fit to bless me with an opportunity, at this end of my life, to preach the Gospel.

      I am at my best when I am walking with my Lord, confident that He goes before me.   


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