Fellowship Baptist Church

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Christchurch Earthquake Ministry

At 12:49pm on Tuesday the 22nd of February a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck 10 kilometres south of New Zealand's second largest city - Christchurch.  The quake was at a very shallow depth of only 5 kilometres and created intense sideways movement across the city of Christchurch and the neighbouring towns.  The resulting devastation is great, the city is crippled.  As at 7pm Thursday the 24th of February 98 people are confirmed dead with police holding grave concerns for 226 people still missing.

Specialist Urban Rescue teams from around the world are assisting New Zealand forces in rescue and recovery around the central and eastern areas of the city.  The Red Cross are mobilised, the Salvation Army is assisting, Civil Defence is working around the clock but what can we as a church, as Christians, do?

Fellowship Baptist Church is mobilising a team to drive to Christchurch and help with meals, sanitation, liquifaction removal and with the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Solid Rock we can stand on when all around us seems sinking sand.  Armed with shovels, soup and gospel tracts we plan to minister to the residents around the Burwood and neighbouring suburbs.  Christchurch Independent Baptist Church is located in Burwood and though the building is damaged beyond repair and likely to be demolished, we will work with the church people and their Pastor, Ron Boersma to minister to the city.

We are currently seeking financial assistance in this effort.  It will cost hundreds of dollars to simply get the team to Christchurch let alone the purchase of the supplies we will bring.

Please scroll down to find contacts for donating financial support, links to relevant sites and other information. Thank you for prayerfully considering supporting this ministry.

Links and Contacts

If you are able to support the FBC ministry team please contact:

New Zealand Contact - Pastor Jono Millar - 07 855 5449

USA Contact - Pastor Bob McLain - 815 370 8532 (Co-ordinating Baptist World Mission relief fund)

Christchurch Independent Baptist Church - Pastor Ron Boersma 021 237 5566

 

Links:

Christchurch Independent Baptist Church - http://www.chchindbaptist.co.nz/

Latest Quake News - http://www.stuff.co.nz/

Map of the earthquakes showing intensity and locality - http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/

Another video of footage worth watching - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or2Ic2Z6zn8

Pictures of Christchurch Independent Baptist  Church building

See the photo album in our gallery page also... 

 

 

Video footage of Christchurch from the air after the quake

Song Service Dedicated to the people of Christchurch

This past Sunday’s Song Service was led by Charles Gerrard and dedicated to the people of Christchurch. Our prayers go out to those who are suffering from the tragic earthquake. May these words be a blessing to you during this time.

 

A brief history of one of the songwriters was presented as follows:

Frank E. Graeff, author of our first hymn’s text, knew what it was to wonder, as most of God’s children do at times, if the Lord is really concerned during our times of hurt, when the burdens and cares weigh heavily, when the way seems dark, when temptation seems difficult to resist, or when we must part with our dearest loved one. Yet the answer comes back triumphantly: “I know my Saviour cares!”

Known as the “sunshine minister” in the churches of Philadelphia, Frank Graeff was widely liked for his cheerful and winsome personality. C. Austin Miles, writer of the hymn “In the Garden”, said of him:

            He is a spiritual optimist, a great friend of children; his bright, sun-shining disposition attracts not only children but all with whom he comes in contact. He has a holy magnetism and a child-like faith.

Unknown to others, however, were the many severe testing experiences in Mr. Graeff’s life. It was during a time of severe physical agony, doubt, and despondency that he turned to the Scriptures for comfort and strength. I Peter 5:7, which says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you,” became especially meaningful to him in this time of need. He wrote the lines of “Does Jesus Care?” to express the feelings of assurance that came to him. Mr. Graeff wrote more than 200 hymns in his lifetime, but none has been more consoling to God’s people than this text.

 

Our first song was found in the “Great Hymns of the Faith” hymn book on page 289.

Does Jesus Care?

 Does Jesus care when my heart is pained

Too deeply for mirth or song,

As the burdens press, and the cares distress

And the way grows weary and long?

 

 Does Jesus care when my way is dark

With a nameless dread and fear?

As the daylight fades into deep night shades,

Does He care enough to be near?

 

 Does Jesus care when I've tried and failed

To resist some temptation strong;

When for my deep grief there is no relief,

Though my tears flow all the night long?

 

 Does Jesus care when I've said "goodbye"

To the dearest on earth to me,

And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks,

Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

 

Chorus:

Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares,

His heart is touched with my grief;

When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,

I know my Savior cares.

 

Our second song was found on page 299.

 

Day By Day

Day by day, and with each passing moment,

Strength I find to meet my trials here;

Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,

I've no cause for worry or for fear.

He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,

Gives unto each day what He deems best,

Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,

Mingling toil with peace and rest

 

Every day the Lord Himself is near me,

With a special mercy for each hour;

All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,

He whose name is Counsellor and Pow'r.

The protection of His child and treasure

Is a charge that on Himself He laid;

"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"

This the pledge to me He made.

 

Help me then, in every tribulation,

So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,

That I lose not faith's sweet consolation,

Offered me within Thy holy Word.

Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,

E'er to take, as from a father's hand,

One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,

Till with Christ the Lord I stand.

 

Our third song was found on page 298.

                                                                                                          

God Leads Us Along

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,

God leads His dear children along;

Where the water's cool flow bathes the weary one's feet,

God leads His dear children along.

 

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,

God leads His dear children along;

Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,

God leads His dear children along.

 

Though sorrows befall us and Satan oppose,

God leads His dear children along;

Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,

God leads His dear children along.

 

Away from the mire, and away from the clay,

God leads His dear children along;

Away up in glory, eternity's day,

God leads His dear children along.

 

Chorus:

Some through the waters, some through the flood,

Some through the fire, but all through the blood;

Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,

In the night season and all the day long.

 

 

May you truly find peace in Christ as you face the many trials in your life.

 

-Posted by Christi Millar

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