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Australian Presbyterian World Mission Annual Meeting

A great privilege to attend the annual meeting of the Australian Presbyterian World Mission today.

From around the nation, many of those present have personally engaged in cross cultural work, representing decades of wisdom gained from practical experience.

This is required, for while technology and living standards have made the world a seemingly much more accessible place, the action of going to other nations in a responsible and accountable fashion is increasingly complex.

The APWM seeks to support both those who are called to serve and those who seek to support the work by providing an administrative and pastoral framework that frees them to do what they want to do, while we provide what they need in order for it to happen well.

Legal requirements in Australia, along with seemingly myriad and changing legal requirements and cultural considerations in so many different countries and regions call for a depth of insight and an agility of thinking and problem solving.

Our national church is well served by this body, and particularly by our National Director Kevin, his assistant Sheryl, our treasurer Peter, and the committee chair Alex.

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APWM Timor-Leste Subcommittee Meeting

The little committee that could keeps working.

We’ve been helping the Australian Presbyterian Church relate constructively and formatively with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Timor Leste for over ten years. A Victorian ( transplanted from Darwin), some NSW folk and me. Our fellow committee member Brian phoned in from Western Australia because he couldn’t make the scheduling work.

No posing in the photo. It’s a working committee. (Robert Benn approved this photo for public release)

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Evangelical Reformed Church Myanmar Update October 2017

In this video Thang Bwee of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Myanmar speaks about heart surgery he underwent (sponsored by Presbyterians in Australia), the 25th anniversary of the denomination, and the general situation of his work and ministry.
Originally posted by the Australian Presbyterian World Mission.

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Eric Liddell – “God Made Him For China”

With Usain Bolt’s inspiring third win in the Olympic 100 meter race, a lot of people (especially Christians) might remember the film Chariots Of Fire and the words attributed to Eric Liddell “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.”
Albert Mohler writes that these words were a creation of the film’s writer and that Liddell’s actual sentiments were that “God made him for China”.
Liddell would begin and end his life in China, serving the Gospel until his final days.
Sometimes when you find out that a person never said a famous quote attributed to them it’s a bit deflating.
In this case it’s actually better than the original.

Read Mohler’s post here.

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Being Missional Is Not A Substitute For Partnering In Global Mission

This article from Gospel Coalition Australia challenges a perception that seeing our own localities as mission fields fulfils the local church’s obligation to partner in global mission.
From the post:

We are not saying that Australia doesn’t need Gospel mission – it does. We are not saying that local Gospel believers don’t need to constantly sharpen their local mission focus and practice – they do. We are not saying that local pastors aren’t worth praying for and that their sacrifices in ministry aren’t worth noticing – they are. But something happens when we take the word, “mission”, and strip it of the recent and powerful historical connection it has had to “world mission”, or “cross-cultural mission”. We can inadvertently become myopic and xenophobic. We can forget that the mission of God has a global, cross-cultural, every tribe and tongue and people and nation perspective. We can too easily frame our preference for mission according to our priorities instead of constantly attending to the way God sees his Church or mission in his whole wide world. We can forget that the biblical mandate is not to reach as many people as we can, as resource-efficiently or as cost-effectively as we can. No, it is rather, that we go and proclaim the glorious message of the Gospel to all peoples. Go … to All.

Read the whole post here.

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The Reward Of His Suffering – Matt Papa

So let our ambitions die
As we lift our savior High
As we carry the cross and the
Gospel to the world

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Ministry In Mount Magnet And Surrounds, Western Australia

Surendra and May Wesley are carrying out ministry in Mount Magnet, Western Australia, under the shared support of the Presbyterian Inland Mission and Australian Presbyterian World Mission.
In this video, posted by APWM’s Kevin Murray during a recent visit, Surendra speaks about the response to the establishment phase of their work.