'Vibrant Communities' Resources

Vibrant Communities
With eyes of faith, what do we see? 

MAKE A GIFT

While May is over, we know many churches hold their mission month later in the year. No worries! The 'Vibrant Communities' resources will be available here when your church needs them. And to keep everything relevant all year around, most resources are free from 'May Mission Month' branding.  

Click on the dropdown boxes below to explore more.
 

Key Themes

Whether your church community can dedicate one, two or four weeks, we have resources to equip you to get involved. 

With eyes of faith, what do we see?
Vibrant communities...
  1. Following Jesus in their own distinctive ways
  2. Sharing God’s love
  3. Humbly contextualising the Good News
  4. Partnering together

Partnering Together

For nearly 140 years, Global Interaction - as the Australian Baptist mission - has been sending people to share the Good News with communities who may never hear it otherwise.

We can only do it together! Your generosity is enabling our workers to play their part in God’s life-changing mission. But we’re not done yet. As we look ahead, we hope to go deeper and wider in the mission. Partner in our work knowing that you and your church’s investment will make an eternal diļ¬€erence.

MAKE A MAY MISSION MONTH GIFT
 

MAY MISSION MONTH TEAM GIFTS

This year for May Mission Month, we have identified the most pressing needs for each team. These include candidates, intercultural workers who are currently undersupported and projects. 

You can explore all these options here >>

Please contact us to discuss partnership opportunities or answer any questions related to your giving. Thank you.
 

FUNDRAISING IDEAS

May Mission Munch
Enjoy food together after a service or in homes, asking people to ‘pay’ for the food they eat. Why not include dishes that our intercultural workers eat with their local friends?

Walk, Run or Cycle-A-Thon
Set up a course in or around your church for people to walk, run, cycle, wheel, hop or skip! Sponsor those participating with an amount per lap.

Movie, Trivia or Games Night
Host a fundraising event for people of all ages to enjoy.
 
Puzzle Wall
Create a large puzzle out of paper and put a price on each piece. As people give, invite them to add puzzle pieces to the wall. You’ll know you have reached your target when the image is complete!

Around the World Photo Gallery
Celebrate culture and God’s love for the world by inviting people to contribute photos they have taken during their travels. Ask for a gold coin donation (or more!) to view the gallery.
 

PROJECT RESOURCES

Please contact us for personalised resources related to the projects your church is partnering with.

Click the links below for video updates on particular projects:
Oral Bible Translation project in Mozambique - MZwh415 >>
Lanternlight Ministries project in Thailand - TOya412 (contact for password) >>
Equipping and Empowering Leaders project in Thailand - TMwh306 >>
Home-School Teachers project in Thailand - THwh207 >>
Cafe project in South East Asia - SEAwh601 (contact for password) >>
English Teaching and Friendship project in the Silk Road Area - KSwh412 (contact for password) >>
On the Road Again project in Outback Australia - ABwh411 >>
 

HOW TO GIVE

Individuals can give online through our website (make sure they add the church name in the comments section so the gift is linked to the church's record as well as their individual record.)

Alternatively, the church can receive the funds and transfer to Global Interaction through a direct deposit, post or via the website. We can send individual receipts to members who have given if you fill and send in the remittance spreadsheet.

For receipts to be issued in the 2020/21 financial year, gifts must be received at our office on or before 30 June 2021.

Alongside: 'Who We Are' Animation


'Alongside' animation
 
The word 'alongside' means a lot to us at Global Interaction. Everyday, our teams journey alongside their local friends. Eating, laughing, talking, learning, praying, listening and sharing stories... alongside. Inviting people to meet Jesus in a way that makes to them in their culture and language. 
 
This animation is the story of Australian Baptists on mission. For nearly 140 years, Global Interaction - as part of the Australian Baptist movement - has been sending people. But our passionate workers can only go with the partnership of people like you!

Thank you for praying, giving and advocating. You are making an eternal difference. Vibrant faith communities are being established because God is using your gifts and prayers.
 
To download this video, click the video's title, then click the download button on the page that opens up.

Intercultural Worker Update Videos

Be encouraged and inspired by these updates and stories. To download each video, click the video's title, then click the download button on the page that opens up.

Thank you for your partnership with our intercultural teams. We can only do it together!
 

Malawi and Mozambique

Cambodia

South East Asia

Thailand

Silk Road Area

Central Asia

South Asia

OUtback Australia

state sent TEAMs

Pastor's and Leader's Guide

This guide has been written as a launching pad for pastors and leaders to use in exploring the key themes of 'Vibrant Communities' with churches and small groups. 

Each theme has an exploration of the theme and scripture/s, takeaways, mission stories to use as illustrations and questions for small groups.  

This guide can be used as a four week series or as standalone sessions.

2021 Pastor's and leader's guide
 

Overview


Theme 1: Vibrant Communities... Following Jesus in their own distinctive ways
Leader's Guide >>
Scripture: 
Mark 2:1-12
Mission Stories:
  • Sally, team member in Mozambique
  • Shame / honour culture in the Silk Road Area
  • Engaging with Asylum Seekers in Melbourne

Theme 2: Vibrant Communities... Sharing God's love
Leader's Guide >>

Scripture: John 3:16 and John 1:14
Mission Stories:

  • Alice, local believer in South East Asia
  • Eliza and David, team members in the Silk Road Area
Theme 3: Vibrant Communities... Humbly contextualising the Good News
Leader's Guide >>
Scripture: 
Acts 15
Mission Stories:  
  • Ethnic Thai faith community worshipping God in their own distinctive ways
  • Ben and Petra, team members in the Silk Road Area
  • Pete in Melbourne
Theme 4: Vibrant Communities... Partnering together
Leader's Guide >>
Scripture:
Romans 16 and Romans 1:9-10
Mission Stories:
  • Tim and Melanie, team members in Malawi
  • Long-term prayer partner in Australia
  • The first Australian Baptist intercultural workers

Filmed Sermons

The Pastor's and Leader's Guide is based off Executive Director Scott Pilgrim's series:

Filmed Sermons

Theme 1 

Vibrant communities... Following Jesus in their own distinctive ways

 

Theme 2

Vibrant communities... Sharing God's love
 

 

Theme 3

Vibrant communities... Humbly contextualising the Good News

 

Theme 4

Vibrant communities... Partnering together
 

Thematic Videos

These thematic videos, related to the four 'Vibrant Communities' themes, can be used as illustrations throughout sermons, standalone pieces, discussion starters or in conjunction with the Pastor's and Leader's Guide.

Their purpose is to inspire and encourage as together we participate in God's mission. They highlight God at work around the world... Vibrant communities following Jesus, sharing God's love and humbly contextualising the good news of Jesus. 
 

Theme 1 

Vibrant communities... Following Jesus in their own distinctive ways

Distinctive Ways - Outback Australia
 

Vibrant Faith Communities - Thailand

 

Empowering Leaders - Malawi

 

Local Believer Story - South East Asia

Theme 2

Vibrant communities... Sharing God's love
 

Being God's Love - Now and Not Yet Cafe

 

Sharing God's Love - South East Asia (Contact for password)

Theme 3

Vibrant communities... Humbly contextualising the Good News
 

Peace in the Storm - Mozambique

 

Jesus' Model of Mission - Melinda Cousins

 

Authentic Relationships - Thailand

 

Theme 4

Vibrant communities... Partnering together
 

Partnering Together - Silk Road Area (Contact for password)
 

What difference does partnership make? Liz, Kath and Yvette explore.
 

We can only do it together! Romans 16

Children's Resources (primary school ages)

2021 children's written curriculum

Resource Outline
Session 1. You matter to God, no matter what [Mark 12:41-44]
How we choose to love and follow Jesus makes us special!

Session 2. God loves me and you and the whole world too! [John 13:34-35]
We can all share God’s love.

Session 3. The Kingdom of heaven is like… a football? [Matthew 13:31-35]
Let’s make Jesus make sense!

Session 4. We can make a difference! [Luke 9:1-6]
We can do more when we do things together.

The aim of these sessions is for children to explore their place in mission and God’s big story. Please use this material as a launching pad for you to shape for your context.

A massive thanks to Maigen Nemes for writing this excellent material. Maigen is the Children, Youth and Families Pastor at TLC Church in Bayswater North, Victoria.

Videos For Kids From Kids!

 

Mozambique
Sydney (10) has been living in Mozambique for most of her life! In this video she shares what it's like to live with her parents, intercultural workers Cam and Kath, and older siblings, Matilda and Jack, in Mozambique.

What’s it like being a kid in Mozambique? Sydney tells all!


Mozambique
Levi (10) and Josiah (9) live wild, fun lives in Mozambique with their three younger siblings, local friends and parents Scott and Bek. Have you ever caught, cooked and eaten an insect?! Levi and Josiah have, and they share all about it in this video.

What do kids do in Mozambique? Levi & Josiah report back!


Thailand
Libi (10) loves living in Thailand, but you might be surprised at how similar her daily life is to yours! In this interview, she answers questions from her older sister about life, school, family and fun in Thailand. Libi's parents are Muana and Villy.

What’s it like being a kid in Thailand? Libi answers all!


Cambodia
Hugo (7) arrived in Cambodia at the start of 2020 with his older sisters and parents, Andy and Cathie. It hasn't taken him long to find the best places climb, get a delicious cool drink and ride his bike... but that's not all! Here are the top 10 things that he loves about Cambodia.   

What are the 10 best things about being a kid in Cambodia? Ask Hugo!

Youth Resources (secondary school ages)

2021 Youth written curriculum

Resource Outline
Session 1: Culture and Context [1 Corinthians 9:19-23]
Sharing God's love in context


Session 2: Being Part of God’s Mission [Matthew 28:18 – 20]
The Great Commission is for all of us!

The aim of these sessions is for youth to explore some of the complexities of intercultural mission and how they can be part of God’s mission. Please use this material as a launching pad for you to shape for your context.

A big thank you to Simone Bunney and the team who developed this material. Simone is a young adult from Heathmont Baptist Church, Victoria who serves as a youth leader.

Videos for teens from teens


Mozambique
Matilda (12) and Jack (15) live in Mozambique with their younger sister Sydney and their parents Kath and Cam who are intercultural workers with Global Interaction. In this video, they give a run down of what it's like to live in a remote part of Mozambique.

What’s it like being teens in Mozambique? Jack & Matilda report back!


Cambodia
Charlie (13) moved to Cambodia a year ago with her two younger siblings, Ruby and Hugo, and parents, Cathie and Andy. In this video, she jumps on her bike and shows us around her neighbourhood. 

What’s it like being a teen in Cambodia? Charlie gives us a tour!


Thailand
Thailand is home for Yindii (19) and Zoe (17). They go to school, have fun with friends and spend time with their younger sister Libi and parents Muana and Villy, who are intercultural workers with Global Interaction. How is their life different to yours? Find out in their video.     

What’s it like being teens in Thailand? Yindii & Zoe explain!

Missioning Podcast

vibrant communities Podcast Series

 
Missioning Episode 15 >>
Theme: Vibrant Faith Communities [May Mission Month 1]
Guest: Melanie, Intercultural Worker in Malawi
 
 
Missioning Episode 16 >>
Theme: Sharing God's Love [May Mission Month 2]
Guest: Cathie, Intercultural Worker in Cambodia
 
 

Missioning Episode 17  >>
Theme: Humbly Contexualising the Good News [May Mission Month 3]
Guest: Dave, Intercultural Worker in South East Asia
 

 
Missioning Episode 18 >>
Theme: Partnering Together
Guest: Shannon, Intercultural Worker in Outback Australia 

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Prayer Diary

MAY MISSION MONTH PRAYER DIARY
 
May Mission Month Daily Prayer Points
1 S - Spirit to move
2 S - Growing mission engagement
3 M - Seeds to be sown
4 T - Hearts to respond
5 W - Increasing partnerships
6 T - Australian Baptist Churches
7 F - Missional churches
8 S - Praying congregations
9 S - Growing faith communities
10 M - Investment in young people
11 T - Mission-minded pastors
12 W - Active mission partnerships
13 T - Generous givers
14 F - Local mission engagement
15 S - Global mission engagement
16 S - Global Interaction’s ministry
17 M - Barriers to be overcome
18 T - Discernment of God’s leading
19 W - Hearts open to hear
20 T - Gospel sharing opportunities
21 F - Communities to be transformed by Jesus
22 S - Vibrant faith communities
23 S - New initiatives
24 M - Bible study groups
25 T - Multiplying faith communities
26 W - New candidates
27 T - Growing teams
28 F - Global Interaction resources
29 S - May Mission Month material
30 S - Ministry videos to inspire
31 M - Mission stories to prompt action

Promotional Material

For promotional material specifically for your church to support your fundraising target, please contact Teagan on info@globalinteraction.org.au or (03) 9819 4944.

Poster

Powerpoint

QR Codes

These QR codes can be included in your church's bulletin or other printed material to help people easily access May Mission Month webpages. Click and download the jpgs below. 

BullEtin / website text

Below is a piece of sample text that can be included in your church's bulletin, website or facebook to promote May Mission Month with your congregation. There are three versions of different lengths, depending on how many words you are able to include. Why not also add information on the specific team or worker your church is raising funds for! 
  • 75 words: Welcome to May Mission Month! The theme for 2021 is ‘Vibrant Communities’. Global Interaction’s website is full of resources for all ages to engage with mission and Global Interaction’s ministry. As Australian Baptists, we are a mission people. Let’s unite in partnership with our intercultural teams and get excited about all that God is doing through His people in neighbourhoods near and far. We can only do it together! Explore May Mission Month: www.globalinteraction.org.au/MayMissionMonth    
  • 50 words: Welcome to May Mission Month! The theme for 2021 is ‘Vibrant Communities’. Global Interaction’s website is full of resources for all ages to engage with mission and Global Interaction’s ministry. Let’s unite in partnership with our intercultural teams and celebrate all that God is doing! Explore resources: www.globalinteraction.org.au/MMMresources
  • 30 words: Welcome to May Mission Month! The theme for 2021 is ‘Vibrant Communities’. Global Interaction’s website is full of resources for all ages to engage with mission and Global Interaction’s ministry. Explore: www.globalinteraction.org.au/MayMissionMonth     

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Resources Overview - May Mission Month 2021

Watch this video to learn how you can use and share the resources with your church community.

  If you have any questions about resources, contact us on info@globalinteraction.org.au or (03) 9819 4944.