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Across the street and around the world Our Vision - We are a Church committed to the growth of the Kingdom of God here and overseas, as we obey Christ's command to make disciples of ALL nations. We have a Global Vision with particular emphasis upon Asia. Our Ministries - We are committed to reaching the unreached, therefore all our ministries will have the central purpose of sharing Jesus and equipping the world-wide Church to achieve that task. Our Central Aims – 1. Continue financial, prayer and pastoral support of our present O.B.C. Missionaries. 2. Support the work of Tranzsend. 3. Link with national Churches and key personnel as resource partners in their outreach and equipping programmes. 4. Maintain a high profile for Overseas Mission by encouraging church participation in the task of training, equipping and sending people to the Mission field. People we Support During this past year we supported four missionary couples and two single missionaries. Two of them are national workers. . Anthony & Dale Asian Outreach Malaysia Julie S.I.M. Nepal/Malaysia Mike & Glenda O.M.F. Cambodia Tuktar Thailand Sukhen & Puspa Bangladesh Two Church planters International Needs Vietnam John & Jackie Paine Good Neighbour and S.I.M NZ Rory Birkbeck Safe Surfer NZ 14

BMF (Baptist Mission Fellowship) An average of 20 people meet on the 2 nd Sunday of each month to learn about our Baptist missionaries and support them through prayer and giving. We also have a trading table which blesses both the giver and the receiver. We often have one of the missionaries as a guest speaker and if not Gay Cochran, who is the Pastoral Care worker for Tranzsend, has been ’it’ giving us the latest update on our people and their situations and needs. Other speakers have been Andrew Page the Tranzsend Team Leader; Ryan Cameron, a young MAF pilot who was in Arnhem Land, north Australia and is now in Africa preparing to fly in South Sudan; and two men from Bethlehem Baptist Church who built an impressive steel goat shed in the north of India to help our workers there. Also Ryan and Sophie who are currently learning Bengali. Sophie is a journalist by training and she keeps in touch with photos and video clips on Instagram of their two young sons Spencer and Emerson. We get to see the colour, squalor, and simple life of that country without the smells! And we have joined their team of supporters. There are many young people in the mission and romance is in the air! Joel and Lizzie get married on 5 January and Jo and Charlie (from the UK) mid year. We are glad that Janette Fairhall is coming on the committee, made up of Judy Tallon, Jill Burnet, Coreen Willis and me. We are glad to serve our God in this way. Pat Tucker English as a Second Language Last year we discontinued the conversation class but continued the Monday class using the Bible as our text to teach both English and the truths of Jesus’ teaching. Half of our students knew little about Jesus, most coming from a Buddhist background. Our studies included “Who is Jesus?”, “Stories Jesus Told”, Easter and Christmas. Each week an average of 10 students, mainly Korean mums and some from China and Taiwan attended. One lady said that because her sister had become a Christian she “would like to know more about Jesus.” Please pray that Jesus would reveal Himself to her and to others in the class also. This year we welcomed back a couple of students from the early years and said goodbye to Jennifer who had been with us for 5 years. Many like her make a sacrifice by leaving their home so that their children can have the experience of studying in an English speaking country….a great opportunity for them to learn about Jesus too Roger and Anne Chambers Safe Surfer We've had good developments at Safe Surfer this past year, and really enjoyed supporting our community. Over 300,000 families worldwide are connected to our technology every day, meaning many children both locally and globally are protected, and far less likely to stumble into pornography both by accident and on purpose. Continuing in our goal - to see every NZ child grow up without pornography in their childhood. Here in the bay, a good relationship has been built with local agencies - including the Family Violence Network. Also this year we will release our kid's book, that will be provided to Bay of Plenty families free of charge, thanks to the support of our generous funders. Thank you OBC for your vital support and encouragement. Rory and Faye Birkbeck 15

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