QB Board Focus for 2014: ‘Queensland Baptists … knowing God’

DATE CLAIMER: Tuesday 7 April—Friday 10 April 2015

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QB Convention 2015—QCCC Mapleton

Hear guest speaker Edmund Chan speaking about Following Jesus

ABM Media Release: 6 August 2014 – Baptists speak out on children in detention

The head of Australian Baptist Ministries has written to federal Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, asking that no babies or children be placed in immigration detention.

“We believe it is important for the federal government to reappraise the present practice of immigration detention of babies and children so as to reduce the harmful effects on these young innocents,” Reverend Jobberns said.

“We are convinced, on the basis of human rights and our moral obligation to asylum seekers, as followers of Jesus and as Australian citizens, that babies and children must not be placed in immigration detention either onshore or offshore,” he said.

“Where possible, those who come to our shores should be welcomed and placed in the community while their security status and claims for refugee status are being assessed.”

Reverend Jobberns said he affirmed the findings and recommendations published in the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce report titled

Protecting the Lonely Children, released on 29 July.

He confirmed that he had formally requested a meeting with the Immigration Minister to discuss the plight of children in detention and offer practical solutions including how Baptists in every State and Territory in Australia might facilitate effective community placement of asylum seekers.

Australian Baptist Ministries represents some 150,000 people in 970 Baptist churches in Australia.

 

Media contact Rod Benson 0412 421 678

Australian Baptist Ministries – http://www.baptist.org.au

 

Keith Jobberns, National Ministries Director, Australian Baptist Ministries, (Baptist Union of Australia)
PO Box 122 Epping NSW 1710 Australia
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ABM media release, 4 August 2014: Australian Baptists called to pray especially this Sunday (10 August), for persecuted Christians in the Middle East

A call to prayer…..The continuing crisis in the Middle East has seen an escalation in persecution of minority groups and especially Christians. Persecution by members of the militant Islamist group ISIS against Christians has escalated in recent days, especially in Mosul in northern Iraq near the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh. 

The attached prayer is a suggested resource in praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters. Continue reading ABM media release, 4 August 2014: Australian Baptists called to pray especially this Sunday (10 August), for persecuted Christians in the Middle East

Media release, 31 July 2014: Church leaders call for support of Christians in Iraq

 On behalf of Australian Baptist Ministries, National Ministries Director, Rev Keith Jobberns has endorsed the following release from the NSW Council of Churches:

Senior leaders of the NSW Council of Churches have issued strong calls for action by the Australian government and the international community to address severe human rights abuse of Christians in Iraq.

Persecution by members of the militant Islamist group ISIS against Christians has escalated in recent days, especially in Mosul in northern Iraq near the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh. Continue reading Media release, 31 July 2014: Church leaders call for support of Christians in Iraq