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    FLIER: Unfortunately, the flier is now out of date and no longer available.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

    ReCharge NEWS November 2022

    Oct 2022, Annual Assembly

    ABOVE: Assembly October 2022, L to R – Paul Manning (BWA); Sherry and Geoff Maddock (BMA); Stephen Baxter and Ben Cochrane; Worship time; Those Gathered!

    23rd November 2022 | ReCharge News November 2022

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      Faith and the Arts Summer School

      Returning to the Hive of Inspired Creativity

      POATINA: Sunday 8th to Friday 13th January 2023

      W: faithandthearts.org.au | poatinaarts.org.au
      E: fata@poatinaarts.org.au
      M: 0425 275 013
      Registration and Pricing > (THIS could be a wonderful Christmas gift for a loved one!)

      FATA 2023 promo

      This year’s theme: Hive.

      After two years online, the annual faith and the arts school in Poatina will be held in-person!

      Whether discovering FATA for the first time or returning – you can explore how to infuse faith with art, and art with faith.

      The FATA team are praying for God’s grace on the time of encouraging, up-skilling and living in community.

      Get ready to continue your creative journey …

      The Gatherings Team are planning a spiritual and creative journey that will have attendees chewing on how, why and what we communicate, with our diverse creative languages.

      Keynote Speaker: Lucinda Coleman

      TOM and PAT

      A new book by Ivan Jordan (Yolla Baptist)

      Forward by Rev. Tim Costello AO

      Front Cover

      Tom Fleming is one of my heroes; a man who suffered under the Japanese in WW2 but turned his suffering into service of the Warlpiri people at Yuendumu. I am proud to be a Baptist Minister because of the character and witness of this spiritual giant. Ivan Jordan has given us a jewel in providing understanding of one of the most significant chapters of Christian mission in this nation’s history

      Tim Costello


      Back Cover

      RRP is $35 less 40% for trade, plus freight.
       If Church groups order five or more copies, they will qualify for the 40% trade discount. Order here >


      Phone: 08 9362 5955 (Intnl +61 8 9362 5955)
      Tuesday and Friday 1pm to 5pm W.A. time

      Email: books@hesperianpress.com
      Please ensure the following are included in your email or letter to Hesperian Press: 

      • Book title
      • Number of copies
      • Name
      • Phone number
      • Address
      • Postage
      • Full credit card details (or BSB details)

      Hesperian Press
      www.hesperianpress.com | P.O. Box 317 Victoria Park W.A. 6979
      Tom and Pat info >

      News from Crossover

      Helping Australian Baptists Share Jesus

      News from Crossover - Streams of Living Water Spring Appeal 2022

      Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them

      John 7:38 (NIV)

      The recent Crossover Spring Appeal, Streams of Living Water, is a huge success! A big thank you to those who signed up to give to Crossover on an ongoing basis.

      Ask questions about supporting: crossover@baptist.org.au.

      Director of Crossover Andrew Turner (who conducted Tas Baptists’ recent leadership review) explains what the appeal is all about in this video.
      OR you could read Andrew’s letter to churches.

      The generosity of supporters gives Crossover the ability to:

      • Create new resources (like the new Christmas resource, Missing Peace?)
      • Run events (such as hosting the recent online Australian Baptist Prayer Gathering)
      • Provide encouragement to Aussie Baptists (it’s time to read the new article about young adults exploring church!)
      • And offer invaluable training (more and more churches are using the Plan A resource).

      Every dollar given is a blessing. Each donation comes closer to Crossover’s goal:

      To see our Baptist movement baptising twice as many new believers each year by the end of the decade.

      Streaming GOOD. Television

      Find out about GOOD. TV

      Australian Christian Channel have a free streaming service to provide positive entertainment options.

      In an ever-changing world it’s great to know some things do not need to change. There is so much good to look forward to, which is why the people at GOOD. are committed to providing positive entertainment options so people can always watch something they can trust and rely on.

      This is more than just a wide variety of programs. It includes a standard of viewing bringing more goodness into your life, with content to provide you with peace of mind. And will make you feel good at the same time.

      GOOD. provide quality movies, TV series, documentaries and much more. You have the choice you want, without the stress of the not-so-good stuff that you do not want for your family.

      As well, GOOD. is FREE, without any hidden costs or monthly bills.

      Check GOOD. out here > (https://watchgood.com/)

      World Women’s Day of Prayer

      Day of Prayer event at Claremont Baptist Church
      Women gathered to pray at Day of Prayer events around Tasmania

      On Saturday 22nd October, women gathered at Claremont and Ulverstone Baptist churches to pray for women around the world. They also gave funds to assist with Baptist projects in our Pacific region.

      In each location, small groups prayed for international regions about specific prayer requests. These included prayers such as:

      • Nations recovering from COVID (Carribean and Asia)
      • Domestic abuse (Pacific and Caribbean)
      • Unexpected pregnancy support programs (Latin America and Canada)
      • Shelter for victims of human trafficking (Asia/Azerbaijan)
      • Reconciliation for indigenous people (Australia and NZ)
      • Peaceful elections (Africa)

      Baptist women are doing astounding work across the globe!

      Tasmanian funds raised 2021: $560
      Tasmanian funds raised 2022: $869

      Day of Prayer events in Tasmania were re-started in 2021 after an underwhelming Australian response to raising funds in 2020 of only $365.

      It’s not too late to participate!
      You can pray or donate any time until the week of 13th November 2022.

      Australia’s Aid Increases

      From Micah Australia

      In the recent budget, the Government announced $1.4 billion of additional aid to our region over the next four years!

      Micah Australia welcomes these increases while continuing to call strongly for further urgent aid to help fight famine in the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria.

      WATCH: Micah Australia’s Tim Costello (Exec. Director) and Matt Darvas (National Director) respond to the Budget from Canberra

      READ how Baptist Word Aid are helping in the fight against famine in the Horn of Africa >

      Fostering Hope

      Fostering Hope’s vision is to find a family for every child who needs one.

      Fostering Hope recruiting now!

      Tasmanian Baptists work with Fostering Hope to encourage churches and families to both provide, and support, foster carers.

      Along with recruiting new carers, Fostering Hope supports people on the journey with connection, training, pastoral care, and mentors for children. As well, they offer trauma-awareness training for churches so they can be safe places for all children and adults. 

      Currently, Fostering Hope are looking for more fostering families to offer homes for children who need them.

      There is also a need for respite carers to offer extended family and community around full-time foster and kinship families and we just don’t have the families to ask.

      Children without the protection of their parents are the most vulnerable in any community. These children need families and communities to offer them hope, healing, and a childhood free of adult stresses and full of fun. 

      If you would like to know more about Fostering Hope’s work, or have someone from the team talk at your church or run a trauma-awareness training, please get in touch. 

      Mary Dickins

      Mary Dickins
      Fostering Hope

      Christian Book of the Year Award

      The Forest Underground: Hope for a Planet in Crisis

      SparkLit winner, Christian book of the year award, 2022

      The winner of the Christian Book of the Year Award 2022 is The Forest Underground: Hope for a Planet in Crisis, by Tony Rinaudo.

      The book tells the story of a revolution in reforestation that is transforming the lives of subsistence farmers around the world. An inspiring and irresistible story of one man’s obedience and God’s faithfulness.

      The awards are presented every year by SparkLit.org, who aim to advance God’s Kingdom by empowering Christian writers, publishers and distributors.


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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
      FAMINE In the Horn of Africa Melissa Lipsett, CEO 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

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        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

        2022 World Day of Prayer

        World Day of Prayer 2022
        Heartlands News

        Praying for Baptist Women

        14th October – 13th November, 2022

        Women from more than 100 countries will gather around the first week of November for World Day of Prayer. This event was launched by the Baptist World Alliance Women over sixty years ago after World War II had shattered unity between the nations. Once again, this need is as desperate as ever, especially for the many Baptist women in Ukraine and Russia.

        Here in Tasmania, two regional events are planned for Saturday 22nd October.

        • NORTHWEST: 10am, 22nd October at Ulverstone Baptist.
        • SOUTH: 2pm, 22nd October at Claremont Baptist

        Many Papuan women will walk up to three days through the jungle so they can be part of the World Day of Prayer.

        What’s the World Day of Prayer?

        The World Day of Prayer sets aside a time in which women and men pray for their global sisters. The Prayer Guide lists prayer requests from all over the globe, requesting God’s intervention over issues of domestic violence, human trafficking, armed conflict, and areas devastated by natural disasters.

        Here in the Pacific region, many will gather to be part of this global movement. Over a thousand will gather in Papua, with many women walking up to three days through the jungle so they can be part of the World Day of Prayer.

        Yet, others will gather in churches and homes in Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, PNG, Vanuatu, and Tonga. The Pacific Island have the highest rates of domestic violence in the world so the need for prayer is desperate.

        World Day of Prayer 2022
        L to R: Women pray for our world; Sewing machines, Vanuatu; Day of Prayer 2021; Gardening project, Fiji.

        Financial Support

        As part of the gathering, women will bring a monetary gift which will be used to finance the work of Baptist World Alliance Women, and also our regional branch, Baptist Women of the Pacific. International projects supported by the Baptist World Alliance Women include a women’s outreach in Iraq, a safe shelter for women in Jamaica, and nurses aid training in Myanmar.

        Within our own region, offerings have funded a gardening project which enabled Fijian women to feed their family and community during Covid-19. Purchased sewing machines for women in Vanuatu, and funded literacy programmes for women in the highlands of PNG.


        Elissa Macpherson

        Elissa Macpherson
        President, Baptist Women of the Pacific


        Invitation to Day of Prayer by BWA Women Executive Director Merritt Johnston

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