Richmond Baptist Church has a number of families who are partnering with international missions organisations and are serving in locations overseas. We see ourselves as a group of believers who seek to enable the church to fulfil the Great Commission by releasing and sending out missionaries, both long and short term, as led by the Holy Spirit. We pray for our missionaries, provide financial support and give pastoral support.
Paul & Pip Etherington: We have been working in Indonesia since 1992 with a small tribe in a remote location. Our main focus during this time has been the development of a written form of the language, literacy and Scripture translation. As a response to the health issues that the tribal people and our family faced, Pip trained as a nurse and now has a busy nursing ministry in our village primarily treating such things as malaria, pneumonia, respiratory and skin infections, injuries and burns. These days there is also a lot of TB and HIV/AIDS in the area. The end goal of the translation work is for the local people to be reading and using well-translated Scriptures in their own language. As at 2014 we had completed 60% of the New Testament. In addition to these things, we are also involved in a number of other ministries among the local people, including discipleship, making the most of opportunities to share the gospel and Scriptures with people, preaching, training pastors, and HIV/AIDS education.
Philip and Gloria Stephens We are the Stephens Family. We have been part of Richmond Baptist Church since 1992 and have been ministering in Bogota, Colombia, on the church's behalf since 2002. Three of our five children have graduated and left home. Andres is doing 3D animation in Bogota, Natalie is married and living in Nelson, and Giovanni is studying at Otago University. Katya and Miguel are with us in Bogota. Katya has finished her schooling and Miguel continues his home schooling studies. Our ministry has two main aspects to it. One is working with the local church and the poor, and the other is creative ministries with puppets, television, cinema, and internet video.
Samuel and Rachael Warne (Luke, Eliahna) This exciting journey of life with Jesus takes us north to serve with YWAM in Finland. God's direction in bringing us here for this season has been very evident and we are super excited to be involved as leaders of the Discipleship Training School (DTS) for Couples. What an awesome opportunity to journey with these couples… endeavouring to create an atmosphere for a deeply personal, life-changing experience with God, to see their marriage strengthened and thriving, and inspiring and giving them the foundation from which to passionately serve the Lord together …and in the process we ourselves are challenged, stretched and grown.
Paul and Ruth Shelling Paul and Ruth live as missionaries to the poor, prisoners and prostitutes of Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is a city with huge prostitution problems and is often called the “Sex Tourism Capital of the World”. Paul and Ruth, both New Zealand school teachers, use English lessons and dramas containing a Christian message. Every week they go into Thai schools, prisons and slums, leading teams of volunteers from Encounter Church, Pattaya, into places you might think of as hopeless, but they are seeing God moving in the lives and hearts of many young Thais and Cambodian immigrants. They welcome short or long term missions volunteers who are interested in reaching the poor through teaching English.
Samuel and Ruth Oliveira (Micah, Christy and Elis) Brazil has one of the largest number of Christians in the world, but despite this rural areas need more biblically based teaching. We currently pastor a small church in a rural community and work in children’s ministry and evangelism to the poor community in which we live.