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GBM Annual Mission Day 2015
It is something quite special that in the UK today nearly 700 people will come together for a Saturday completely focused on world mission, yet that is what happens at GBM’s Annual Mission Day on October 24th.
The doors of the Renewal Centre in Solihull opened to a rainy day, but soon people
were pouring in from Yorkshire, London, Kent, Suffolk, Gloucestershire and even Penzance
and the Isle of Man. A mix of long-
GBM’s Annual Mission Day is a gathering of Grace Baptist churches, so the day always begins with a business meeting where the delegates elect the Officers and Council, approve the Annual Report and chew over the finances. This year we also said goodbye to Andrew and Ruth Sadler who are leaving GBM’s Support Ministries team, as well as welcoming their successors, Andy and Janet Woods.
The meat of the day is an array of mission presentations by the missionaries, which
this year focused on the world’s neediest continent, Europe. In break-
We also heard about the growing work of GBM’s Envision programme, as the South Africa and Latvia teams reported on their time, and Hannah prior described life as an apprentice in Paris.
At 3pm we come together for a main multi-
In the final session, we enjoyed ministry from Andy Paterson of FIEC, as he challenged us not to compartmentalise our understanding of mission. Conversion must lead on to sanctification, as we go and make disciples. World mission is not a separate branch of church life; it is the role of the church. Mission is not just for professionals but for every church member, as much the job of the church here as of missionaries in other countries. Prayer for mission can seem like battling intercession, but it also needs to be mingled with praise to God. Indeed, praise to God fuels our prayer for mission. An mp3 recording can be downloaded here.
If you missed Annual Mission Day this year, then do make a date now for next year, when we meet at Friends House in London on Saturday 29th October. Our guest preacher will be Luke Jenner from Halifax.