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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...

May 6, 2020

An Update From The Philippines

CPBC (Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches) Development Ministries distributed face masks to our frontliners. We already fully distributed to the 5 police stations of Iloilo City also to Molo Fire Station. The Chief of Police of the respective stations expressed their thanks to CPBC for they were recognized and remembered through this action. Thanks to Ms. Marycor Coy Baclagon of the Iloilo City Government for facilitating that we were able to secure the face masks. Stay safe you all, Ma’...

May 4, 2020

24-Hour Prayer Marathon

In response to the growing impact of COVID-19 around the world, the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) calls on the global Baptist family to join together for a 24-hour prayer marathon, launching with an audio conference on Monday, March 30, at 9:15 a.m. EDT. The launch call will feature updates from several of the most impacted regions as well as dedicated times of prayer for specific groups, including pastors and ministry leaders, healthcare providers, educators, relief workers, and communication pr...

March 27, 2020

A Letter Of Encouragement

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.• Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestile...

March 24, 2020

APBF Executive Meeting

It was a robust, exciting APBF Executive Meeting that took place earlier this month! On February 9th, APBF President Rev. Edwin Lam and Dr. Vernette Myint Myint San, President ABWU addressed the gathering of Okinawa Baptist Convention at Goya Baptist Church. Very exciting days ahead for APBF. Much to look for and become part of APBF!...

March 4, 2020

CBCNEI

The 1st Mission Conference of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India was truly an empowering one. CBCNEI has potential way beyond what is humanly possible! Congratulations to all who made it possible! APBF did it’s part to represent and support CBCNEI’s task of the Great Commission! The event took place on February 18th - 20th....

February 26, 2020

Meet Roshan Mendis

Having his foundations in faith through the ministry of Youth for Christ, Roshan answered the call of God as a young man of twenty, deciding to serve in rural villages rather than continue in the line of family business in the hospitality industry. So, he joined as a staff member in rural mission of Campus Crusade for Christ, Sri Lanka. Since then he has served within the Church and in Christian Organizations; in teaching and in administrative roles; in both pioneering and pastoral contexts...

February 5, 2020

Diversities, Smiles & Golden Pagodas

It you have traveled across Asia in recent years, you will notice that Asia has growing rapidly. Many cities are crammed, congestion of vehicles have become the new order, thousands of people crowd the streets like an endless stream of water flowing through a narrow canal. According to World Population Data sheet, the population of the world as of 2019 is 7.7 billion people. Of which Asia has grown to 4.6 billion people with an increase in the past 10 years from 4.1 billion in 2010. Asia is...

January 29, 2020

Thank You Les

Our work at APBAid wouldn't have been better or done smoothly had it not been for Dr. Les Fussell. We have accomplished much because of the exemplary leadership, passion and commitment of Dr Les Fussell in the areas - peace-building and capacity enhancement, sustainable community development and serving people and communities affected by disasters. Les provided us with guidance and direction following our strategic plan and annual plan of action. He was always there when we needed help regarding...

January 22, 2020

Thank You Kabi And Feraz

The ministry of Asia Pacific Baptist Aid began in January 2005 as the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation responded to the devastation of the Asian Tsunami. This humanitarian disaster, caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami off the coast of Aceh, impacted significantly Indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. When it occurred APBF did have an Aid and Relief Committee but no staff. Given the level of need and the help offered by other members of the APBF family and the wider global family i...

January 15, 2020

MISSION: EX DEUS & ET EX HUMANUS

Christian Mission is ex Deus (from God) as well as ex Humanus (from human being). It is from God, of God, and for God. Yet human intellect, which is a gift from God, is a necessity in making it happen. However, human intellect is not free from presuppositions, perspective, prejudices, cultural biases, fear, ignorance, pride, fear, the desire of freedom from any accountability and various human limitations. Therefore, it is possi­ble that with all good intention a Christian mission may enta...

January 8, 2020

Greetings & Ministry Reflections

Dearly beloved family members of the APBF,Warm greetings in the Name that is above all names, the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, the Anointed Savior of the world!! Christmas is just round the corner. What a great joy and privilege it is for me to greet you with "Blessed Christmas and seeking God's love and peace to surround you and fill you to the brim this Christmas as you remember the birth of the Babe of Bethlehem!" Let us remember: "Jesus Christ is to be loved and preached!"July saw me with ...

January 1, 2020

100th year of Harding Theological College

APBF GS maiden visit to Garo Baptist Convention with Vice President Mr. Bijoy Sangma to attend the 100th year of Harding Theological College of Garo Baptist Convention in Tura, Meghalaya!...

December 18, 2019

71st Evangelical Baptist Convention

APBF GS Rev. Dr. Vee Tetseo and Vice President Mr. Bijoy Sangma brought greetings at the 71st annual gathering of Evangelical Baptist Convention at New Lanka, Churachandpur, Imphal. Rev. Dr. Vee Tetseo was the opening night speaker. Both of them also led a two day seminar on worship and leadership. Around 300-400 delegates attended the seminars with 700 attending the annual gathering! The EBC Youth Dept. has also launched their ‘GO 2020’ to bring the gospel to the ends of the earth!...

December 10, 2019

Christmas - A Love Story

Last year, in the first week of December when I returned to my base at Hyderabad in India, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Christmas instrumentals music and carols being played in the airport. It was a very good feeling. During this season, everywhere we go, be it a shopping center or hotel, we are bound to hear beautiful Christmas music. Across the globe, in many cities, I find that right from the month of November itself the commercial centers, streets and hotels are decorated with Chr...

December 4, 2019

APBF Delegation in Myanmar

The APBF Delegation (Rev. Edwin Lam, President, Rev. Dr. Vee Tetseo, GS, Dr. Vernette Myint Myint San, President ABWU) meet with the Myanmar Baptist Convention this week.  In addition, APBF had the privilege to meet and pray for the leaders of Myanmar thanks to the arrangement made by the Myanmar Baptist Convention....

October 24, 2019

The 17th APBY Conference - Conference Reflection

After more than a year of prayers and preparations, Asia Pacific Baptist Youth Conference 2019 has ended. The Lord has allowed me to witness Him at work in so many ways during the conference that I find it difficult to put it in words. I have considered giving up writing about it, then I read Psalm 77:12-14. “I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your po...

October 18, 2019

India Baptist Summit in Hyderabad

A strong APBF delegation - Rev. Edwin Lam, President, Mr. Bijoy Sangma, Vice President, Rev. Dr. Bobby Lee, Co-opted Member and Rev. Dr. Vee Tetseo, General Secretary came to support the India Baptist Summit in Hyderabad, a gathering of 1500 Baptist leaders! According to the Summit Handbook, India has about 5 million Baptist making it the second largest Christian denomination in India. The Summit ended with a high note that a united India Baptists of approx. 5 million, (2nd largest den...

October 10, 2019

Fiji Baptist Convention participating in the task of the Great Commission

Fiji Baptist Convention Quarterly Board Meeting held on Sept. 7th. Saturday, at the FBC HQ. and Training Centre, in Nasinu, Suva. FBC reports 3 church planting points in the west and central part of the main island, and also a work being planted in Tonga! Praise the Lord for Baptists in Fiji as they participate in the task of the Great Commission to the farthest ends of the world!...

October 3, 2019

Supporting Those Impacted By Hurricane Dorian

The APBF alongside the BWA stands in support of the Baptist conventions and unions in the regions impacted by Hurricane Dorian and is mobilizing disaster relief efforts through Baptist World Aid (BWAid), which includes the newly-established Baptist World Alliance Forum for Aid and Development (BFAD). As part of the response, the BWA is sending an initial grant of $8,000 (USD) to The Bahamas National Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention to be utilized for immediate emergency relief in th...

September 25, 2019

Gospel-Driven Mission To Make Disciples

The 17th APBY Conference is themed Making and Multiplying Disciples to champion the call of Jesus for every believer to be a disciplemaker in the context of the local church—wherever God leads and calls. MD2 is rooted in 2 Timothy 2:2, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” (ESV).  The plenary sessions were centered on the gospel of Jesus as the bedrock on how we can make and multiply disci...

September 19, 2019

How Do We Respond to Global Instability and All It Is Creating?

There is a Jewish proverb that I have loved for many, many years. I have seen it tattooed on backs and arms, painted as graffiti, written on inspirational posters. However, when I stop and think about this proverb it is an extraordinary ask. To speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, to defend the rights of those who are destitute. Many associate this proverb with those living in poverty. The World Bank says 735 million people are living in poverty and that figure is only those who l...

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