Wednesday 28 Apr
Celebrating more than 100 years of mission focus in May.
Wow, time flies by!
This time last year we were all coming to grips with the impact of the COVID pandemic. We were getting our head around living with lockdowns and other restrictions. We were mastering Zoom and becoming familiar with masks. Our churches were quickly learning to embrace new digital approaches.
And our team at Global Interaction did a marvellous job at pivoting so quickly, moving May Mission Month 2020 to fully online, with strong engagement across our movement. We saw our faithful God meet us at our point of need.
And here we are, 12 months later, in a very different world, and we’re set to launch May Mission Month 2021 this weekend.
Across the world our teams have entered a second year of living and ministering in the midst of the pandemic and they continue to share wonderful stories of God at work. We continue to learn new lessons, we’re embracing new approaches and we’re actively pursuing our 2021-2025 Strategic Roadmap.
Here’s a brief introductory invitation
video to May Mission Month 2021 and I am also excited that churches will be able to access our new Alongside animation
video as we build awareness of our work around the world.
I am looking forward to sharing with several churches during May, as well as connecting with pastors and leaders and some of our workers back on Home Assignment in Australia.
May Mission Month presents a unique opportunity for our mission community and I am thankful to every person who will play their part in what promises to be an incredibly special time across the country as we champion ‘Vibrant Communities’
- both locally and globally.
Our May Mission Month roots date back to 4 May 1919 when the first Foreign Mission Day was held and Baptist churches around the nation were encouraged to pray for and support “our gracious and promising activities in Eastern Bengal.”
More than 100 years on we continue to look to our movement; to generous and committed churches and individuals to support our teams across Asia, Africa and Central Australia.
At the heart of this initiative is still core to our mission today - partnering with the vital, passionate and dedicated people who serve across the world, sharing the Good News with people in ways that make sense to them in their culture, local community and language.
By 1981 ABMS Month was introduced and in 1990 this special focus period became known as May Mission Month.
Three decades later, in a rapidly changing world, facing new challenges and yet exciting opportunities, we step into May 2021, knowing that God’s Spirit goes ahead of us.
Please join me in prayer for opportunities for meaningful engagement across the nation this May.
In bold faith, let’s pray for new workers to be raised up, let’s ask the Lord to bring new partners into our mission family, let’s uphold our financial needs and that churches will grow in their awareness of and commitment to global mission.
At the same time, this year’s May Mission Month theme seeks to capture the vital importance of churches being committed to joining God in their local communities, as well as across the globe, as we seek to each play our part in building vibrant faith communities, following Jesus in their own distinctive ways.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our ministry. And we will welcome every one of you serving as ambassadors of Global Interaction this May.
Grace and peace
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