Commissioning Kate

Wednesday 30 Mar

Scott shares how the gift of partnership means people can GO.

On Sunday I had the privilege of sharing in Kate’s commissioning service as she prepares to join our team in South East Asia.

It was a wonderful celebration of God at work in our lives and the power of partnership.

Kate shared with me how God’s Spirit slowly and gently was at work in her life, opening her heart and eyes, to intercultural mission.

“There came a time that whenever an intercultural worker would speak in our church, I knew that’s what I was going to do.”

And on Sunday at Bendigo Baptist Church, in her faith community, we saw a powerful demonstration of partnership as the community came around Kate to pray and send her off with their blessings. 

Kate, like all our workers, can only pursue God’s call on her life, because of the generous support of her partners, who financially and prayerfully invest in her and the vision of Baptist Mission Australia.

Vibrant faith communities look different around the world. There was vibrance on Sunday in Bendigo, where the local Baptist faith community are strongly committed to local mission, with many expressions of service and a strong emphasis on relational discipleship. 

It’s no surprise that a church with an embedded local discipleship culture wants to come alongside Kate and Baptist Mission Australia. They understand the importance of embracing God’s gracious invitation to mission locally and globally.

Increasingly Baptist Mission Australia sees partnerships like these. Where there is mutual learning, encouragement and partnership in supporting local and global mission. It’s a conversation we are having with a number of churches. 

Partnership is in the DNA of Baptist Mission Australia. 

And we see it continuing to play out in many different ways as we embrace the Spirit’s leading for our mission community.

An 80-year-old member of the Bendigo church told me after the service how he gets our mail and enjoys our updates. He humbly shared that he was grateful he could financially and prayerfully partner Kate. 

That’s the power of partnership.

Tomorrow evening, I will share in a late-night meeting, given time zones, discussing the formation of a global Baptist mission agency network.

Why establish such a network? For more effective partnership between mission agencies across our global Baptist movement. 

From one individual in a local church to global collaborations, we are better together!

And as we celebrate partnership, the reality is, to remain sustainable and pursue our exciting vision we continually need new partners joining us at Baptist Mission Australia.

May Mission Month 2022 is just around the corner. Word of mouth is a great way to spread the word of what God is doing through Baptist Mission Australia workers and invite new partners to join us.

You can find out everything you need to know about May Mission Month 2022 here >>

Please take a look and share with your pastor, leaders, small group and others how they can get involved in May Mission Month.

Thanks for your great support.

Grace and peace


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