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Secondary Grief Amidst Covid-19 Seminar

Covid unlike any other crisis has impacted all of us in multiple ways causing most of us more loss in more ways than one. The loss and accompanying sadness has been experienced personally at multiple levels; affecting us not just physically, but emotionally, spiritually, economically and socially.  Many have suffered silently the trauma of secondary grief struggling with anxiety, stress, depression and even suicidal thoughts.  APBF invites you to join us in an opportunity to explore ho...

March 19, 2021

APBF Leaders Summit 2021

Against the backdrop of this unprecedented Pandemic, the church is faced with new challenges that obliges the church to reorient its approach to doing ministry. As Dr. Jerson Narciso says, “It is drastically changing our missional context and we are challenged to think “outside of the box.”  To help in reframing opportunities to align, engage, and inspire the APBF is calling a Leaders Summit to present opportunities for greater unity in collaboration, partnership and how you can essen...

March 12, 2021

The Great Omission

For many of us in our early walk with Christ, maybe as teenagers, university students, or new followers of Christ, the one thing of paramount importance was scripture. Listening to God’s word, prayer and Bible study were the activities that perhaps characterised our new-found faith. If you were asked – “what is more important the Great Commission or the Great Commandment?” What would your answer have been?  Confronted by such a choice, oftentimes the fellowship of believers has move...

January 22, 2021

Before the Perfect Life Swallow Us

At the recent death of my close friend, Prof. Dr. Yvonne Marjorie Salmon, a Messianic Jew, born and bred in Singapore, one who had blessed the nation tremendously as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist and served at the world‘s largest maternity hospital for 44 years and brought many lives into this world besides being a professor who had influenced and impacted many lives, I was once again reminded that as Christians, at death we are swallowed by Life itself. The Perfect Life is the life above, ...

January 16, 2021

Leading the Church in Times of Crisis

The church plunged into a time of crisis in the year 2020 when we faced the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide. We were instructed to stop all church activities as the Malaysian government imposed MCO (Movement Control Order) as a measure to control the spread of the virus. This was unprecedented and we felt helpless in the face of uncertainty as to how to lead the church and minister to the needs of the congregation.The Challenge…In respond to the crisis, we took charge of the situation by fir...

January 8, 2021

Leading the Church Beyond the Pandemic

My primary purpose in this paper is not to discuss theologically and philosophically what I understand is the nature and mission of the church. I am mainly concerned about how the church could respond and engage meaningfully to the needs of our time especially in the midst of this life threatening pandemic that has swept the whole world. More precisely, my intention is to understand how the church as the body of Christ should respond to crises situations and lead communities to resilience.&...

January 2, 2021

Hope in Christ our Savior

We live in a world where there is pain and suffering. It is a world unfair to the poor and the weak. But the narrative woven by God reminds us, especially this season, that the birth of Christ inspires hope. That Christ not only brings hope but He is our hope. The hope for we are not alone ‘Immanuel! God is with us’. The hope of the present for He is our salvation. The hope of future when we shall see Him in His glory. Christ is our Hope!...

December 13, 2020

Never Ending Good News

APBF Congress 2017 theme song....

November 20, 2020

Prayer Support for Philippines

Typhoon Goni 'Rolly', which battered provinces south of the capital Manila on Sunday with gusts of up to 310 kilometres per hour (190 mph), is the 18th to hit the Philippines this year and one of the strongest typhoons since Haiyan killed more than 6,300 people in 2013. - Forcible evacuation of more than 345,000 people.- Goni partially damaged more than 55,000 homes and flattened 20,000 more.- Most of the island’s power lines were damaged in the typhoon and reports from towns are only tricklin...

November 4, 2020

How the Pandemic Changes Our Worship

Indeed it’s an opportune time for the Church around the globe to change the gear of patterns of ministry from that of traditional system of worship to modern system by using media as well as Information Technologies. No doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has put us into difficult time for not being able to conduct corporate worship and other various church gathering programs. Yet, this is the best time to revive the family altar in every Christian homes; over and above, the church had learnt how to ...

October 27, 2020

Spiritual Role of the Church during Pandemic

A few weeks ago, I received a call from a fellow Pastor telling me about a certain individual who had tested positive for Covid-19 and had been quarantined for close to a month now. He asked me to call the person up and so I did. As we conversed, I realised that he was spiralling into a severe depression because of his situation. Worse still, he had decided in his heart to end his life that very night convinced that Covid-19 would eventually kill him. I had anticipated that even in our small tow...

October 19, 2020

Hope in Christ Amidst Pandemic

8 months have passed and no one ever would have imagined the world would end up in such an uncharted territory. It is no brainer that this Covid-19 pandemic has infected all the continents in the world except for Antarctica. And more than just a health crisis, it has become a crisis that has brought havoc in the economic spheres, where thousands have lost jobs, and millions at risk of hunger and abject poverty. Some governments have potentially taken advantage of th...

October 9, 2020

Greetings & Ministry Reflections from the President of APBF

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God isfor us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his ownSon, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along withhim, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31, 32 NIV).GOD IS WITH YOU, FOR YOU & WILL BLESS YOU Dearly beloved APBFers, Warm greetings! I trust that this letter finds you in good health and enjoying the wonderful grace of God almighty!I am so glad to once again be able to write to you. This is ...

October 3, 2020

THE CATALYST : Emerging Leaders Training

CATALYST: Emerging Leaders Training for APBF Member Bodies! Contact your President/General Secretary of your convention. You must be between 20-30 years to be eligible to join the ELT.Please take note that the training will be conducted online through ZOOM.  SCHEDULE & MODULEMODULE 1 - October 17th, 2020Leading like Jesus: Reflections on how Jesus led. Rev. Edwin LamMODULE 2 - October 24th, 2020Leading with Influence and Impact: Explore the significance of influence and impact within l...

September 25, 2020

APBF New Direct of Missions

Rev. Ardi Wiriadinata who is known to his friends as ‘Ardi’ was called into full-time ministry soon after he had finished his Bachelor of Psychology. He started serving as a pastor and a lecturer at the Indonesian Baptist Seminary when he was 25 and has been in the ministry with the Union of Indonesian Baptist Churches for the past 18 years.  Besides being a pastor and a lecturer, he has served as a church planter and has helped with two church plants before he was called to serve as se...

September 9, 2020

Give A Little More Love

Written by our very own APBF General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Vesekhoyi 'Vee' Tetseo performed by our brothers and sisters from the Asia Pacific Region. This song is a song of lament and hope. May this encourage you in difficult times as such. ...

August 22, 2020

Hope in Christ Amidst Pandemic

Hope in Christ Amidst Pandemic was premiere on Youtube on Sunday, August 16, 2020. The world is going through a very difficult time. Millions have lost their loved ones. The world is suffering. How can we stay resilient? It is only when we have hope in Christ trusting that this is will pass by one day soon. In the midst of this hardship may we be anchored in Christ. Together we are strong!Songs of hope and encouragement from many member of APBF bodies. Also, included are Messages from the P...

August 17, 2020

Baptist Women Of The Pacific

'Wa Wa Wa!" this is the cry that rings across the crowded room. Twenty or so Papuan women walk down the middle aisle, making a colourful and joyful entry. It is August 2019; I am in Fiji attending the five-yearly conference for the Pacific Baptist women. There is a sense I am wrapped up in a vibrant godly moment of time purposed by God. The chanting women are dressed in colourful woven dresses, wear elaborate head dresses made with shells and feathers and chant their traditional welcome. As...

July 2, 2020

COVID 19 - Why Should We Respond?

These are indeed fearful and anxious times and the Psalmist as he  faces diverse dangers, seem to mirror our sentiments at times such as this. Psalm 31 echoes many of the feelings andcircumstances we are experiencing now.  The pandemic of the Corona virus has caused our world to hear, "terror on every side,"  (Psalm 31 :13). But the psalmist places these feelings of dread between two sureties both  at the opening and end of the psalm as he concludes saying, "I trust in you, L...

June 17, 2020

Quarterly Glimpses Of APBF

If someone were to ask how many countries does the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation (Henceforth APBF) represent? Of the 47 countries in the Asia Pacific region APBF covers a total of 22 countries.Uniquely placed in this part of the globe Asia Pacific region stretches from the highest mountain peak of the Himalayas to the deepest depth of the Ocean floor of Sulu sea. It is mind boggling when we look at the vastness and expanse of the world we live in but what an interesting region it is to se...

June 10, 2020

Greetings & Ministry Refelctions

"Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us; He has injured us but He will bind up our wounds. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will restore us, that we may live in His presence.  Let us acknowledge the Lord;  let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth." (Hosea 6:1-3) ...

June 3, 2020

Editors Corner - APBF Digest

The prevailing situation across the world is evolving every hour due to the outbreak of COVID-19 epidemic, which has already been declared as a pandemic by the  World Health Organisation (WHO). Many countries have imposed a 'Lockdown' to provide for prevention of the spread of the dangerous pandemic disease. Today, we live in a world where people are so self-centred. Everyone seems to be waiting for the lock-down period to be over so that they can begin a new chapter in their lives.&nb...

May 27, 2020

COVID 19 Appeal

It’s not just a health disaster but a humanitarian disaster of global proportions the world has never experienced. Health systems across the world are being overwhelmed. Economies are going into major recession. The pandemic has now reached some of the world’s most poverty-stricken and conflict-ravaged communities. Asia Pacific has some of the most densely populated and poverty stricken countries. It is also the 10/40 window of disasters and any natural disaster that hits the region in the i...

May 25, 2020

Protecting Our Hospital Staff

On the 11th April and with the grace of God, Hendala Baptist Church gifted 50 Protective Coverall kits to be used by the medical staff of the Colombo North Teaching Hospital.There is an urgent ( and essential) need to support the hospital staff right now and its our responsibility to provide support and protect our medical staff at this crucial period said the Pastor of Hendala Baptist Church Rev. Sriyan Derick Jayamanna....

May 13, 2020

An Update From Hyderabad

New Life Baptist Church in Hyderabad taking the role of a Samaritan in Global Crises of Covid-19 In this difficult situation the New Life Baptist Church has come forward to take the role of a Samaritan and a step to become Hands and Feet of Jesus Christ to Show the love and compassion of Jesus to the People who are in need of Care and help in this Crisis. 1. The Church extended the support to 30 Pastors in the form Provisions for their families. 2. The Church Provided food materials to 30 Fami...

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