A new Baptist representative on the Chaplaincy Defence Advisory Council
Paul Askin has been appointed to the Chaplaincy Defence Advisory Council as the Baptist representative. His role will be to serve our chaplains, to support and advocate for them, as well as serving our family of churches.
Baptist pastors who serve the kingdom as chaplains tend to fly under the radar as far as churches are concerned, but it is a challenging and sometimes demanding ministry, which God uses in many different ways. Chaplains walk the journey of life with people, and trust that just as happened for two despairing people walking the road to Emmaus, Jesus is revealed along the way.
The desire that this happens is not unique to chaplains of course— it’s ministry that’s normal in every believer’s story. Military chaplains are welcomed into the services environment, to be available to service personnel, representing the gospel. This is a wonderful privilege and opportunity to serve God.
Thank you Ross Horton for your service in this role since 2013.
Tindall funding supports the bicultural journey in Morrinsville
Coming back from twenty years in the UK working with Anglican ministers considering mission in their communities, Phil Pawley found himself called to the community of Morrinsville. What he saw prompted him to do some research into the background of Māori-Pākehā relationships and what he learnt broke his heart. God birthed a new passion in Phil: To see the church develop a new expression of faith community living out the kingdom value of unity while enabling participants to fully express their own cultural identity. Shaneane Totorewa used the imagery of a bridge to describe the bicultural journey last year at the hui: If Māori are on one side of the bridge, and Pākehā are on the other, it would seem Māori have learnt to live on both sides of the bridge while Pākehā seldom leave their side, or at best make occasional forays onto that bridge.
Phil’s journey led him to explore learning Te Reo for himself— only he discovered that the one training institution in his community was closing down. Language is key to understanding another culture, so Phil and Morrinsville Baptist Church committed themselves to enabling Te Reo classes to continue. The teacher, Tu, is a Christian and was keen to help. The first class of twenty people was 50% church members.
From this beginning, interest grew so that now, two years later, there are several levels of classes with 66% being attended by local Māori. Classes cover more than language learning, with components looking at the history of the local area, tikanga Māori (Māori customs and protocols), and visits to important local sites.
Demand has outstripped capacity, and this year Tindall funding has supported the development of this innovative way of responding to community needs. The foundations being laid here have caused the church to consider how they can be more culturally responsive, but more importantly have brought together local Māori and the Christian community from various churches to work together for a better future for their tamariki (children).
The Vanuatu connection
In August this year, Kerikeri Baptist Church sent a team of three to South Epi, Vanuatu, to rebuild a library. Over the past six and a half years, the church has developed a strong connection with the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, particularly with the islands of Epi and Lamen.
In March 2010 an RSE (Recognised Seasonal Employee) brought himself along to church one Sunday. Following on from that small beginning, and at their invitation, a Bible study for him and his Ni-Vanuatu workmates began at their accommodation each week. More came to church, and through that and the Bible studies, relationships were developed.
In October 2010, a team of ten went from Kerikeri Baptist Church with a family from Motueka Baptist Church and constructed a women’s meeting house in Lamen. One of the pastors from Kerikeri, and his wife, also visited the villages of many of those who had been in Kerikeri, strengthening relationships, getting to know their wider family, and preaching in their Sunday services.
In 2011 more workers were coming to Kerikeri and a second Bible study began. Since then the workers have increased further and there is a third meeting night for leadership training. We have also developed a good rapport with many of the local employers. There have been eight more trips to Epi, Lamen, Espiritu Santo and Malekula which have included folk from the community as well as those from other Baptist, Assembly of God and Catholic churches. These trips have been building and maintenance, medical, relational, and spiritual in nature.
Bible studies and leadership training have and will continue, and it is so good to have times of worship led by some of the Ni-Vanuatu folk. There is a committed core of Kerikeri Baptist folk who come to help run the Bible studies, and then there are others who have helped provide transport, hosted meals, led sightseeing, and spent time together recreationally. The potential for folk to visit Vanuatu with the express goal of helping these folk in their home islands is growing.
God is taking our church on a mission journey that gets more exciting each year and we hope to keep our trips going!
Reverend Lionel Stewart was born in Kaikoura in 1937 to Noelene and Ronald Stewart, brother to Bev and Noel. He attended Nelson College as what he called a ‘day greaser,’ eventually taking responsibility as a prefect. Active in the Anglican youth movement, having been a choir boy in the Anglican church growing up, he also swam and played hockey competitively. His life was impacted eternally by his decision to follow Jesus at age seventeen. Lionel studied anthropology at Victoria University and in his holidays he went to live with a whānau in Gisbourne to learn Te Reo Māori from native speakers.
Lionel met Adrienne at Christchurch Teachers College, and they married in 1965 in Christchurch. They moved to Manapouri Village after the birth of daughter Karen, where Lionel continued to teach. Their late daughter Anny was born in 1968. In the early 1970s, Lionel began lecturing at Christchurch Teachers College where he was eventually instrumental in beginning Māori Studies 101. He undertook his Master’s thesis at this time. Their daughter Chrissy was born in 1970, sealing Lionel’s fate to be outnumbered by women at home! Adrienne and Lionel started attending St Christopher’s Anglican Church in 1973. Lionel became the People’s Warden and they helped with the youth group there. The family shared trips all over New Zealand with eeling, fishing, swimming, and tramping.
In 1978 they moved to Spreydon Baptist Church. Lionel and Adrienne led a home group, and four years later Lionel joined the staff overseeing the growing ‘house church ministry,’ as it was called then. In 1986 he was called to be Tumuaki (Superintendent) of the Baptist Māori ministry, based in Pukekohe. This was a time of promoting biculturalism in churches and marae all over New Zealand. Lionel was also involved in the development of Te Whare Amorangi, a school to prepare Māori for ministry. A family friend said that truly only eternity will show the impact of his ministry. Lionel went on to pastor at Franklin Baptist Church in Pukekohe, and then at Manurewa Baptist Church where he retired.
In 2009 the family eventually all lived in Christchurch together for the first time in twenty-three years—precious times. His daughters continue: Dad—a man of integrity, principles, wisdom and above all, love. Toward the end, Dad would tell a story about a man who would say, “I’ll see you in the morning” (which really meant until we meet again in heaven). He said this to visitors and to us. Ka ki a taua ki a koe, taua matua, ka kite a te ata. Dad, we’ll see you in the morning.
Reverend Ross William Beadle was born 22nd November 1926 in Dunedin. He attended North East Valley Primary School and Otago Boys High School. The family were members of North East Valley Church of Christ, where Ross was fully involved. At age thirteen, he gave his life to Christ one Sunday evening and was baptised.
In 1948, he began a diploma in horticulture at Lincoln College, after which he returned to Dunedin to work at the Botanical Gardens. Soon after this he attended a camp at Gore Main School, where he felt called to enter the ministry.
In 1951 Ross sailed to Sydney to train at the Church of Christ College. He also ministered at two student churches and was involved with mission work and prayer. He undertook an extra year at college to study Greek, and studied tropical medicine and anthropology at Sydney University, while ministering at Epping Church. Between 1957-1965, Ross was at Beverly Hills Church. He also conducted a radio hymn session, lectured, was Secretary of the College Board, and continued with mission involvement. When his father died in 1965, Ross came to New Zealand and began ministering at Rutherford Church of Christ in Nelson. Work included ongoing mission and radio work, and work with young people.
Here Ross met Captain Jenny Renouf from the Salvation Army, who moved to Nelson to care for her sick co-worker. Jenny and Ross married in 1970 and in 1972, Warwick James Beadle was born. The family moved to Gisborne, ministering there for four years, and then to Mosgiel Baptist Church. 1979-1987 saw ministry at Gore and the family were privileged to care for Ross’ mother before she went to be with the Lord. During 1987, Ross had three lots of major surgery requiring long recuperation, so it was decided to retire to Temuka. Ross was Church Secretary and President of the Horticultural Society, until this proved too much, resulting in burnout. The Beadles moved to Timaru and joined Wilson Street Baptist Church.
Ross was a man of integrity and prayer—young, old, and many in-between featured on his prayer list. He had a passion for the Word of God, exegetical preaching, and intercessory prayer for the nations. He preached his first sermon at twenty, and in January 2016, preached his last at Temuka Baptist Church, aged eighty-nine.
The last few months were difficult as Ross battled aggressive tongue cancer, which claimed his body on the 14th June 2016. The family is so grateful for the wonderful care Ross received and the prayers and support of God’s people. His funeral was a tribute to a life well-lived for the Master. Ross is survived by wife Jenny, son Warwick, daughter-in-law Marike, and grandchildren Hunter and Anamieke.
Six generations baptized at Caversham
In May 2016, Ella Scott was baptised at Caversham Baptist Church in Dunedin. She’s the sixth generation of the Wright family who’ve been baptised at Caversham since her great, great, great-grandfather began attending in 1879. We often talk about the law of the generations—it was good to see it working in a positive way. Here is her testimony.
Earlier this year I had a dream. My family and I were on holiday at a beach. There were warnings that a tsunami was going to happen and that it was going to be huge. In my dream my family tried to escape even though there was no hope of doing this whatsoever. It was too big. I remember seeing the tsunami in the distance. At that point I wasn’t scared at all. But there was one thing I was scared of. I thought if this was the day I was going to die, I didn’t think I would go to heaven. As the tsunami got closer and closer I didn’t try to get away from it; I prayed instead. I asked God for forgiveness and apologised for living my way instead of his. At the end of the dream, when the tsunami was so close that I could touch it, it stopped moving. It was a test.
When I woke up, the impact of the dream was considerable but I didn’t know what it meant. After thinking it over for a while, I realised that this dream was so true. It was like a switch was suddenly turned on. If I really loved Jesus, I needed to live for him, not for myself.
Growing up in a Christian family, church has always been a big part of my life. Ever since I was old enough to understand baptism I thought I would get baptised some day when I’d learned all that I could about God and once I was ‘good enough.’ But I guess I didn’t really understand it. I don’t have to read the whole Bible and know everything I can about God, I just have to love him and want to follow him for the rest of my life (which I do).
I would like to acknowledge my Sunday School teachers. These are the people who have put hours of effort into teaching me about God. You work diligently and quietly behind the scenes, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed by me and I want to thank you.
Today I’m getting baptised as a declaration of my faith, my love for God and his Son Jesus, and my desire to follow him for the rest of my days.
Lord, revive us again!
Char-Le Wang had never thought about ministry in New Zealand, let alone ‘multi-ethnic ministry!’ He and his wife came back to New Zealand in 2013 from Shanghai where they had lived, worked and served the Lord for seven years. What brought them back was a sickness and a vision: a vision of Ezekiel 47:1-12 —that the Lord would revive the church of Aotearoa through the living water that he promised and completed on the cross. The Wangs sensed God revealing that this revival would be done through the different nations who have gathered into Aotearoa and that there would be connection from the church of Aotearoa, back to the mission field of Asia.
This is the vision of Living Waters, a new ministry launched jointly by the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle and Northern Baptist Association at the Balmoral Baptist Church building in central Auckland. The ministry was launched in May, initially with eight families from a number of different ethnicities (Japanese, Korean, Brazilian, Chinese, Dutch, Indonesian and Kiwi). They are currently gathering around thirty to forty adults with ten children and more than eight ethnicities. Praise the Lord!
What they need most is your prayer: “Ask the Lord of the harvest... to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10: 2).
A joint celebration!
In 2015, Baptist and Anglican youth in Auckland came together for a combined Eucharist service at Holy Trinity Cathedral. This year, Presbyterian and Wesleyan Methodist young people also joined for an evening which saw around 1000 youth and leaders worshipping God. The evening began with confession acknowledging the times when we have not supported one another from our different denominations. The liturgical response was powerful and the worship, led by St Paul’s youth band and the Northern Presbytery youth choir, drew the congregation further into worship together. Chris Clarke, CEO at World Vision New Zealand, spoke on how God can break into even the hardest of places and situations to bring new hope. A time of intercession saw prayers for our churches, nation, and world written onto leaves which were displayed down one side of the cathedral on ‘trees,’ symbolising our hope in the risen Christ, who brings signs of new life where there has been barrenness. It was an amazing evening of unified worship.
Huge thanks to the team at Holy Trinity for the use of the cathedral, to those who worked to put the evening together, and to those who served on the night.
100 Years Ago – My way with my class
Perhaps it would be as well to give, first, my Motto - "My Class for Jesus." With these thoughts constantly in my mind, I make it a practice to prepare my lesson as early in the week as possible, seldom giving less than two evenings to the preparation of it. Praying, too, throughout the week that the lesson may be a fruitful one. I can safely say I never take a lesson book before my Class, but generally have a few written notes to refer to if necessary. With the lesson fresh in my mind, I make a special effort to be always early at School, so that I may have a few moments of silent prayer, in my own Classroom, before the children appear. Praying for God to enable me to speak only the words that He would have me speak. I endeavour, then, to be out in the School-room, and in my seat, before the first bell rings - thus encouraging the children to do likewise, and to give them, also, a word of welcome as they come in. In acquiring the habit of being early, I find, too, that the children have an opportunity of a friendly chat ere School begins, which enables me to know them personally, to know better how to pray, and how to teach. Whilst mentioning punctuality, it is just as well to say that I give prizes, at the end of the School year, for the most number of marks gained. To obtain the full marks, they have to be early, and also learn a verse of Scripture at home during the week, taking a particular chapter, chosen by myself, until each verse is learnt. Upon entering the Classroom, after the opening exercises of the School, I, first of all, hear the scholars repeat their verses—this, I find, prepares them to sit quietly whilst I pray, and by this time the other Classes, also, have settled down, and quietness reigns supreme. We then read the lesson through, each taking a verse in turn, and, should there be a verse which seems beyond their comprehension, I explain it as we go along. When the reading is finished, I generally question them as to what we have been reading about, just to see how much they have taken in. Should they be rather doubtful about it, I try and urge them to always follow each verse as it is read, so that they can tell me as much as possible of the lesson before presenting it myself. I briefly review, then, the previous Sunday's lesson, questioning them also on that, and, if possible, connecting it with the lesson about to be presented. I find, by this time, the scholars are usually interested and eager to listen to the lesson, because they have already taken some part in it. Should the scholars be in a talkative mood, instead of asking them not to talk, I simply stop talking myself. Immediately there is silence. Then I ask if they prefer to talk, or will they let me." Failing to have interested them, I begin by bringing in a few illustrations, or possibly a short story that may be appropriate, and once more gain their attention, and usually manage to maintain it to the end. Having come to the end of the lesson, I bring in the application, and, if time permits, have a heart to heart talk with them. If I feel the children have been impressed, and are in a serious frame of mind, I often close with a brief prayer, and an appeal in the prayer for them to accept Christ as their personal Saviour. Sometimes I find it necessary to take the lesson in a different way altogether, occasionally taking the lesson only as given in the Bible, and explaining verse by verse, and sometimes inviting the scholars to give their opinion as to the meaning of the verse. On the last Sunday of the quarter, I always ask the scholars to come the next Sunday prepared to explain one lesson each, letting them choose the lesson that has appealed most to them. This being the way I take the review lessons; for the children, I find, often have a favourite lesson, and are usually willing to tell how much they remember of it. At the close of School, I always shake hands with each scholar as I bid them goodbye, with an enquiry as to whether they will be at School the following Sunday. If I may add another word in the way of getting to know the scholars personally, I occasionally invite them out to my home to tea, as I find it impossible to visit them in their own homes, living, myself, a considerable distance out of the town. Should any scholar be absent two consecutive Sundays, I bring the notice before the visiting Sister of our School, sometimes sending, also, a card or letter to the absent one myself. When getting a new Class, the first Sunday I have only a prayer, and, perhaps, read the lesson through, then a talk with the children, as I like them to understand that I not only want to be their teacher, but their friend, also. Thus inviting them to have a personal talk with me at the close of School any Sunday they may feel so inclined. Some, I am glad to say, have been pleased to accept the invitation, and often remained behind to have a confidential talk, which has proved inspiring to both. This is my way of dealing with a class of girls from the ages of twelve to sixteen years.
Miss M. Read. Baptist Magazine October 1916
These stories are from the October 2016 issue of Baptist Magazine.
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