The Philippines has been devastated by the biggest storm ever to hit land. Millions of people have been affected, thousands are dead and the loss of life is expected to increase.
Baptist World Aid has launched an urgent relief appeal to respond to the crisis.
The massive destruction caused by the storm will require enormous relief efforts to supply survivors with food, water and shelter.
The scale of destruction is comparable to the impact of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. An estimated 4.3million people have been affected in over 36 provinces and local officials are saying that 70 to 80 percent of the central Philippines province of Leyte has been destroyed. Continue reading BWA Media release, Thursday 13 November 2013:
QB Conference (8-12 April 2014) will return to QCCC Mapleton. Incorporating Pastors’ & Spouses’ Retreat, QB Leadership Day and QB Convention, this event will welcome special guest speakers Dr. Tom Blackaby and his wife, Kim, from Vancouver, Canada.
Continue reading Media release, 23 October 2013: QB Conference 2014 – PLAN NOW TO ATTEND!
As NSW faces what could be its worst day for fires, please continue to pray that the situation will ease.
The impact on our Baptist family (so far) has been:
- Twenty churches within or close to the fire zones
- Fourteen families within Baptist churches have lost their homes to fire (10 in Springwood Baptist, in Hawkesbury Valley Baptist, two in Glenbrook Baptist )
- Kiah Ridge has been evacuated with camps cancelled until at least Wednesday
- Community aid work by churches in the fire zones is placing strains on church resources
- Thankfully no church property has been lost.
It may be some time before the fires burn out.
Should you wish to support those who have lost their homes, Rev Ken Clendinning, Director of Ministries (Baptist Ministries NSW & ACT) advises that they have opened up their emergency relief funds to support their churches who are ministering in the communities suffering from the fire devastation.
For more information, or to donate online, go to http://fireappeal.nswactbaptists.org.au/Fire_Appeal/Baptist_Churches_Bush_Fire_Appeal.html
The account details for donations are: Baptist Union of NSW–Tax, BSB- 704922 Account number – 100004847 [Please email your details if you wish to receive a tax receipt.]
Baptist leaders have commended Prime Minister Tony Abbott for his Government’s support of the current legal definition of marriage, and for a proposal to challenge the ACT Government’s same sex marriage bill in the High Court as soon as it becomes law.
“Nationally consistent marriage laws are in Australia’s best interests and the Commonwealth Marriage Act provides that consistency,” National Ministries Director of Australian Baptist Ministries, the Revd Keith Jobberns, said. Continue reading ABM media release, 15 October 2013: Australian Baptist leaders support federal challenge to ACT marriage reform
Just under 1.2 million viewers! (Don’t forget to tune in again tonight)
The team at Heritage Films reports:
That’s right, just under 1.2 million viewers tuned in at its peak when The Bible Series premiered on Channel Nine last Tuesday night. Does it stir something within you when you hear that? For us it’s a moment of incredible celebration. Reports in the press were along the lines of ‘Aussie TV has a new cult hit – The Bible. Channel 9′s premiere of the 10-hour miniseries drew heavenly ratings on Tuesday night and outrated Winners &Losers and MasterChef’.
And we’ve got two words to say to everyone who receives this email newsletter – THANK YOU! The last time we sent you our newsletter we had received news that Channel Nine was bringing forward the planned September premier to July so it was an incredible rush to get the word out. The way you forwarded our newsletter throughout your networks was unprecedented. Read more …