Our contact with the global church (Click to expand)
Here at New Life Baptist Church, we are not only working to build relationships around our community; we are also actively striving to aid those spreading the good news of the bible around the world.
We do this by making collections for various charities, supporting and regularly praying for missionaries who come to us for encouragement, and even going out ourselves when we can. Click on the tabs below to read more about some of these activities.
Habitat for Humanity Nepal 2018 (Click to expand)
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a global, non-profit housing organisation which builds sustainable homes in many parts of the world to help the poorest and most vulnerable people lift themselves out of poverty. Its Global Village Program brings together volunteers from around the world to work with local people to build safe, decent and affordable shelter.
The charity believes that everyone deserves a safe and decent place to live and that the home is a key catalyst in helping to permanently break the cycle of poverty. Home is the first step towards a future of opportunities and prosperity.
Find out more: www.habitatforhumanity.org.uk
I was fortunate to be able to participate in a ‘build’ in Nepal for ten days in September 2018. Nepal is a country in south Asia, lying along the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountain ranges. It is a landlocked country located between India to the east, south and west and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north. Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with about a quarter of its population living below the poverty line. It has rugged geography, few natural resources and poor infrastructure. More than 80% of the population is rural based. Unfortunately, Nepal is also blighted by natural disasters. In addition to the floods of 2014, Nepal was devastated by two powerful earthquakes in 2015 and experienced more flooding in August 2017 and July 2018. Many affected people still live in temporary shelters, hence the need for new homes.
We built in a village called Bakhreldi in Panchkai Municipality which is situated in Kavre district, 45 km south-east of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu for a 60-year old lady called Indra who currently lives in an old house which was damaged by the earthquake of 2015. Her husband left her 34 years ago with her one year old daughter to fend for themselves. She earned her living working as a farm hand but no longer works in the field. In order to feed herself, she grows some seasonal crops in her farm nearby. Her new home consists of two rooms, a small kitchen and a veranda. It is a load bearing earthquake resilient building made of burnt bricks, cement, rebar, concrete and CGI sheet roofing.
I joined a team of 16 volunteers and our target was to build up to the concrete sill level which we achieved. The tasks included moving 6000 bricks up a steep bank, sifting sand, mixing concrete and mortar by hand, laying the concrete floor, laying eight courses of bricks and constructing the concrete sill. We were guided and supervised by local professional builders and Indra helped by tidying the site and stacking bricks.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it was a great way to meet new people, practise the love of God through service to others and to really feel connected to a community in another part of the world. We may not have made a massive difference to Nepal but we did make a difference to Indra.
Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) Mission Partners (Click to expand)
BMS Action Teams (Click to expand)
The Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) runs a Christian gap year programme for 18-23 year olds to serve God around the world.
Our church regularly works as a training church for BMS Action Teams.
This summer one of our own young adults will be leaving to join the Action Team programme with the BMS.
Links in Slovakia (Click to expand)
For the last 14 years we have worked with a Baptist church in Slovakia and support their community projects to help those in need.
This includes going over to help run a summer holiday club, and supporting the church as they work to bring Christmas to underprivileged members of the community.