Our history

Our first global worker: Rosalie MacGeorge.

We’ve been working globally for 135 years now with incredible support from many generous and sacrificial Kiwis. When you’ve been around for this many years, you learn a thing or two. We are proud to say we’re still learning and growing as an organisation, and are consistently striving to seek God’s quiet voice in whatever context we find ourselves in.

1885 saw our very first global worker Rosalie MacGeorge journey to British India (present day Bangladesh) to partner with, and serve, many Bengali groups. Rosalie gave her life to the call she felt, and served until her passing in 1891 in Sri Lanka. She left an incredible legacy, with many men and women following suit with open hearts and bold faith. As a movement we remain committed to Bengal, celebrating alongside the Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship as they marked their centenary in 2019.

In 1931, we were invited into Tripura by the Maharaja, where many of our team served faithfully until 1973. We also celebrated alongside the Tripura Baptist Christian Fellowship in 2019, as they celebrated 75 years. A rich history we are so proud to be a part of!

We’ve also been to many other beautiful nations including Zaire, Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya (West Papua) in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands, France, Fiji, Hong Kong and Macau.

Currently our work takes place in South Asia, East Asia and South East Asia. Here, in partnership with local believers, we serve Christ and our communities through evangelism and discipleship, business, education, leadership development, community development, medical work, training and tent making. We’re proud of the mutual transformation that our current, and so many past, global workers have been a part of. And we give glory to God for leading and providing.

One of the ways God has been leading us is in our relationship with Māori–a covenant partnership that offers great hope and excitement for us as people on mission. But we also must acknowledge that our history has periods in which we are not proud, and this is something we need to be honest and transparent about.

This is a journey we are on now, and one that is going to be deeply transformative. You can read about our first step in this journey here: NZBMS & biculturalism—a journey just begun - The Baptist Magazine of New Zealand

We believe in mutual transformation, so if you have thoughts or recommendations for us in this journey, please get in touch with us.

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