The following visual resources are available from GBM to help you and spur you on
in the important partnership of prayer for our missionaries. If you wish to order
resources please complete and return our Resource Order Form.
Please feel free to use any of the photos in our photo gallery to help in your church
prayer meetings or PowerPoint.
Grace to the Nations - A history of Grace Baptist Mission 1861-2011. John McDonald. 192pp.
Written to celebrate GBM’s 150th Anniversary in 2011, this is a lively and readable
account of GBM’s history through huge changes and world upheavals. The early chapters
explain the roots of the then Strict Baptist Mission, their passion for India, and
the early days of the pioneer missionaries in Tamil Nadu.
The story of how the gospel came to the Kolli hills, and how a network of churches
was planted across South India is a long way from where we are now, yet those early
missionaries laid down principles and convictions about cross-cultural mission that
still shape our work today. The aim was indigenous churches, and every means possible
was used: radio, medical missions and literature vans, outreach to women by women
and much more.
In 1967 Mrs Gandhi closed the door to new missionary visas, a God-given earthquake
for the Mission that sent us ‘Into all the world’. The book covers the changes of
the 1970s, the rediscovery of a church-based model of mission, and the rapid expansion
of the 1980s across the world. The final chapter reflects on the leadership of the
Mission, and includes a revealing interview with Chris Richards who served as General
Secretary for over twenty-five years.
Price £5 including postage and packing. Available from Mission Centre.
Tell all the world - Church-based mission for the twenty-first century. Ed. Don Crisp and Jim Sayers. 176pp.
‘World mission is someone else’s job! Leave it to the specialists, the agencies,
and let’s concentrate on reaching our local community around our church.’ Sadly,
that is often how Christians think about cross-cultural mission. But God has other
plans for your church.
God’s plan as set out in Scripture is to put the local church at the heart of world
mission. The biblical pattern is for local churches to send out missionaries, and
for missionaries to be answerable to the local churches that send and support them.
This was the conviction that changed Grace Baptist Mission into a church-based mission
back in the 1960s and 70s.
This book, published to celebrate GBM’s 150th anniversary, has been put together
to explore the biblical principles of mission, to apply them to a wide range of different
cultures, and to show how church-based mission works out in practice.
In five chapters Sukesh Pabari explores the biblical basis of mission, and the means,
tools aim and final goal of mission. Then seven different authors look at contexts
where GBM works, including India, France, Post-Communist Europe, the Arab World,
the Philippines, Latin America and Britain. The introduction explains how GBM came
to practice church-based mission, and two final chapters describe the experience
of sending and being sent. Allow this book to ignite your passion to tell all the
world of Jesus!
Price £7.99 including postage and packing. Available from Mission Centre.
O Earth! Hear - fifty years of GBM Radio. Philip Grist. 48pp.
Radio has been part of GBM’s ministry since the 1950s. Tracing the history of the
work from valve radios in South India to today’s software-based editing in our Abingdon
studios, this book shows the way God has worked in growing a ministry that stretches
from New Zealand to Amazonas, and from Haiti to India.
Price £1.50 including postage and packing. Available from Mission Centre.
Mission and Money Keith Johns
A booklet that seeks to give biblical and practical guidelines for giving money to
churches in the developing world. Download a PDF copy here.
Hard copies are available free from GBM Mission Centre.
‘Why don’t the promises of the prosperity gospel preacher come true for me?’
These are the kind of questions Ian Flanders is asked by African Christians. Ian
broadcasts his GBM Radio programme, Esperance Aujourd’hui, to the French-speaking
world, and finds such comments are a common theme among those he reaches. God’s blessing
is seen as being particularly in material terms, with the focus on health, money
and children. Why is that the case? One reason is the way that African Traditional
Religion has crossed over into some elements of African Christianity, so that where
the Prosperity Gospel takes hold, it is because it mimics the expectations of people’s
traditional religious beliefs.
Reflecting on this during sabbatical leave, Ian produced a paper which has now been
published by GBM as The Gospel in African Soil. Whenever we take the Christian faith
into a new context, we need to understand the cultural and religious influences on
the hearts and minds of those we reach. Europe and Africa have been brought closer
by the ease of international travel and yet in many ways remain worlds apart. The
Gospel in African Soil gives an overview of African Traditional Religion and seeks
to understand the various ways in which Christian mission has interacted with this
belief system over the past two centuries. It evaluates some contemporary Christian
movements, particularly the Prosperity Gospel, and how they may be influenced by
traditional African culture. It also reflects on some potential ways to better communicate
the gospel into this context. Ian also poses us in the West with the challenge of
depending on God in every aspect of everyday life.
Price £2.50 including postage and packing. Available from Mission Centre.