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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...

September 12, 2019

Asia Baptist Women’s Union (ABWU)

Rev. Edwin Lam, President and General Secretary Rev. Dr. Vee Tetseo attended the ABWU President’s Summit in Korea! Rev. Edwin Lam shares with ABWU how partnership brings strength in the work of the Lord....

September 3, 2019

My Journey With APBF

It all started in the year 2012 when I was asked to be part of the APBF Congress worship team. I had just begun my ministry then as a Music Minister at Shillong Baptist Church. It was a great opportunity for me to get some ministry exposure, or so I thought. Little did I know that this was the beginning of a journey that would change my life in so many good ways.  Different musicians from across Asia Pacific came together to form the Congress worship band. The band became family and grew bi...

August 29, 2019

Where to Begin?

This was my first APBY Conference and I leave blessed!  Truth be told, I had never heard of APBY or APBF until Pastor Vee reached out to me last Fall asking if I could participate and lead a workshop on “Writing God-centered Songs”. In the US, outside our many Baptist conventions and associations, we don’t really talk about Baptists internationally. So to be a part of this conference was an eye-opening experience. Getting to see all the various nations and cultures in the Asia Pacific...

August 22, 2019

What A Blessed Time It Was!

All together 715 delegates, 30 workshops and plenary sessions speakers, 17 countries represented from the Asia Pacific, came together at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines to worship, fellowship and be challenged through the theme: Making and Multiplying Disciples taken from 2 Timothy 2: 2. What a blessed time it was. The worship band led us into what can be called a ‘powerful praise and worship’ that drew delegates to God’s presence, workshops that were spir...

August 15, 2019

The Missional Passion of Baptists

Asia is a continent filled with so much cultural diversity that it will take years to learn the cultural uniqueness each tribe represents and celebrate the differences God has bestowed upon Asians. But how exciting it is that there is more of Asia that we can learn and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is never a dull moment visiting the different tribes spread across Asia which reminds me of the picture Revelation 7:9 provides when a great multitude from every nation, from all tribes and ...

August 9, 2019

Meeting In Hong Kong

Meeting the leaders of Hong Kong Baptist Convention and the positivity of our leaders to support APBF. HKBC has been instrumental in bringing the first APBF when it began in 1975-the defining moment of ABF (Now APBF)....

August 1, 2019

BWA Annual Gathering at the Bahamas

On July 12th, APBF Regional Meeting was held at Arawak B room during BWA Assembly in Bahamas today! A lovely refreshing moment for us meeting and a special moment to invite Zomi Baptist Convention Myanmar into APBF’s Family! BWA Annual Gathering starts off with a welcome cultural night by the Bahamians recalling how Baptists have been instrumental in the freedom-independence of Bahamas-The Sunny Islands’.  During the gathering, our APBF President and General Secretary has the opportunit...

July 25, 2019

Welcome Zomi Baptist Convention of Myanmar

On July 11th, 2019,the APBF along with the BWA has voted for and welcomed the Zomi Baptist Convention of Myanmar, a convention of 27,964 members in 190 churches to the APBF-BWA Family. Welcome them!...

July 23, 2019

Humility - The Bedrock Of Discipleship

Most of us think of humility as just another virtue -- much like patience, goodness, or kindness. It's nice and we appreciate it when we see it, but we rarely discuss it and almost never pursue it. Yet, the Bible seems to indicate that humility may be the bedrock of discipleship.Jesus humbled himself by becoming a man and submitting even to death. (Philippians 2:5-8) He called His disciples to "deny yourself ... take up your cross ... be last of all ... be slave of all." (Mk 8-10) James reminds ...

July 18, 2019

Farewell Dinner & Thanks

The APBAid Committee has met in Melaka from June 21-22, 2019 to bid farewell to Rev. Kabi Gangmei, Director of APBAid and Ms. Feraz Legita, Assistant Director of APBAid who is ending their service with APBAid by the end of July 2019. We are very grateful for their service. A dinner was hosted in honor of them with the President of APBF Rev. Edwin Lam coming from Singapore to attend the meeting and present to them a Plaque of Appreciation....

July 1, 2019

APBF Sunday

WHO WE ARE - BEGINNINGSThe Asia Pacific Baptist Federation (APBF) had its beginnings when young people from Asia met in Rio de Janeiro in 1953. This resulted in the coming together of the 1st Asia Baptist Youth Conference on 20th August of 1956 in Hong Kong. The vision to establish APBF was realized during the 4th Asia Pacific Youth Conference. The following years through the leadership of Allan Prior from Australia, Asia Baptist Fellowship came into being in 1975. In 1975, the Asia Pacific Bapt...

July 1, 2019

Miglat Ministry

The word ‘Miqlat’ means ‘Shelter, Refuge’ in Hebrew. Miqlat Ministry is a Social Ministry under the Nagaland Baptist Church Council Women’s Department, compelled by love, to reach out to, rescue and restore girls/women who are negatively impacted by substance abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking. Miqlat Ministry runs a safe home and also offers rehabilitation program to both rescued/referred victims. Miqlat also provides livelihood skill trainings, counselling, outreach services,...

June 27, 2019

Ministry Refelections

Dearly beloved family members of the APBF, Warm greetings in the glorious name of our God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ! It's been quite a while since we last communicated through the APBF Digest. I must say that since then, much has transpired. The year begun with a visit to Melaka for the APBF TEAM meetings which was very well attended for our leaders involved with APBAid, the Theological and the Mission Commissions. We thank our Malaysian brothers and sisters, especially those from M...

June 15, 2019

APBF Digest Q2 - 2019

In this EditionGREETINGS & MINISTRY REFLECTIONS MIQLAT MINISTRY The 17th ASIA PACIFIC BAPTIST YOUTHS CONFERENCE MEET THE NEW APBY TEAM THE MISSION PASSION OF THE BAPTISTS IN THE NORTH EAST, INDIA HOW DO WE RESPOND TO GLOBAL INSTABILITY & ALL IT IS CREATING? ...

June 14, 2019

Typhoon Mangkhut - Shelter Recovery Update

Luzon Convention of Southern Baptist Churches (LCSBC) responded to aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut with shelter recovery project supported by Transform Aid International (TAI)-Australia, Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) and International Ministries-American Baptist Churches (IM-ABC). The project provides permanent housing to 50 families in province of Cagayan, northern Luzon. ...

May 28, 2019

Cyclone Hola - Update

March 2018, Cyclone Hola passed over Vanuatu and caused major damages to the food gardens. Transform Aid International TAI supported Baptist Churches Vanuatu with relief assistance where rice provided for the 53 families in Malo, Santo and Malekula. The relief project was coordinated by Pastor Kalonsen Kaltabang, President of Baptist Churches Vanuatu....

May 17, 2019

Partnership with CREST Malaysia

In 2018 partnership with CREST Malaysia was started with a support for a year’s cooperation in the Philippines, i.e. supporting Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC) in the post Haiyan livelihood rehabilitation serving 50 families in the 3 villages in North Iloilo and Aklan. Bobog in municipality of Ajuy and Cawayan in municipality of Carles – both in North Iloilo and Polo in municipality of New Wahington, Aklan. Capital assistance was provided to families to augment capital for t...

May 7, 2019

Typhoon Tembin - Update

In the Philippines, APBAid coordinated response to disasters of three Baptist Conventions caused by typhoons and in early 2018. The General Baptist Church of the Philippines (GBCP) in Davao City, southern Philippines responded to survivors of typhoon Tembin by providing 150 families with relief goods and shelter materials with the support from Transform Aid International (TAI)-Australia and Baptist Mission Society (BMS)-UK. The specific project beneficiaries are situated in 3 villages of municip...

April 30, 2019

Tembin, Kai-tak and Bolaven - Updates

The Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC) provided assistance to 122 farmer families in Iloilo and 98 in Capiz, total of 220 families for recovery of their farmlands destroyed by floods caused by 3 typhoons that came one after the other in early 2018 – Tembin, Kai-tak and Bolaven. Assistance for this project came from Malaysia Baptist Convention (MBC), Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM), German Baptist Union (GBC) and International Ministries/American Baptist Churches (IM/ABC). The f...

April 29, 2019

BWA EXECOM Meets In Washington DC

From BWA EXECOM Meeting last week in Washington DC. With the Zomi Baptist Convention of America President, General Secretary, Assistant GS and BWA General Secretary Dr. Elijah Brown....

April 11, 2019

Asia Pacific Baptist Youth Conference 2019

The Asia-Pacific Baptist Youth (APBY) Conference is the quadrennial gathering of Baptist youth and youth leaders in the Asia Pacific region. The APBY is an adjunct ministry of the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation (APBF) which is an organization of Baptist congregations that spans over 20 countries in the Asia Pacific region. The conference aims to gather the youth of these nations, foremost under the banner of Christ, and the Baptist church. In 2019, the APBY Conference will be held in Baguio Cit...

April 11, 2019

Engaging the Church in Disaster

Introduction: Disasters - Challenge for Everyone Over the past decades, countries across the world – both rich and poor, have witnessed frequent natural disasters. The impact has been felt by every strata of humanity. OCHA had listed 13 large and deadliest disasters over the period 2000-2011, listed as follows:  1. Japan earthquake-tsunami, March 11, 2011 - 18,812 deaths/missing and 329,852 affected 2. Haiti earthquake, January 12, 2010 -  222,570 deaths and 3,400,000 affected 3...

April 11, 2019

Missional Partnership With BMS

APBF’s missional partnership with BMS mission leaders from Nepal, Bangladesh and India. Much prayers needed for this vast region of Asia....

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