|Origins||Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland|
Republic of Ireland
|Key people||Gordon Darragh|
|Subsidiaries||Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland|
|Slogan||Working Together - Changing Lives|
Baptist Missions (BM) is a Baptist mission organisation and a department of the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland (ABC). It is located in the Baptist Centre and is shared with ABC. The scope of their activities is international in scale covering several countries including France, Latvia, Peru, the Republic of Ireland, Russia, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
In 1977 both organisations where merged into the present day Baptist Missions.
The strategy used by BM to achieve its aims is by working with Baptist churches in the countries it works in to evangelise and plant churches and to help existing and new churches to grow and develop spiritually and numerically.
Baptist Missions work on Ireland began before 1814..
BM first sent mission workers to Peru in 1927. BM work is mainly among the Aymara people, living in the Sierra of the Andes mountains where there is a growing Baptist community of 110 churches. Recently families have migrated to the coastal cities of Ilo, Moquequa and Tacna and as a result most BM work in these areas.
Baptist Missions work began in Europe in 1974.
Baptist Missions have several projects:
Ite Camp and Conference Centre
Completed in 2006 the 20,000 sq metre Ite Camp and Conference Centre serves Peruvian Baptists as well as Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland teams. Resources include accommodation blocks, mini-amphitheatre and sport facilities. Teams from the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland regularly go to volunteer at the centre. The centre has a Board to manage the development, further building work on the site as well as a Youth ministries director.
Radio El Sembrador
Radio El Sembrador (The Sower) or Sower Radio broadcasts evangelistic programmes and Christian teaching around the Tacna area. Resources include a custom-made building, equipment and a team of workers. Radio El Sembrador broadcasts 24 hours a day through the internet.
Tacna Bookshop is a large building with shop front based beside the Tacna Seminary auditorium. Resources include a self-contained flat for the Tacna Seminary director.
The SAD programme (Seminary at a Distance) is a distance learning teaching programme for people who cannot attend existing centres in Tacna or Moquegua. Mostly those who live in Puno and Ilo.
Currently 16 Peruvian Workers are employed by BM. These workers depend on money from BM supporters. Peruvian worker students on the University of Wales, Lampeter Master of Arts in Theology (MA) course through Irish Baptist College can work while studying.
- Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland
- Baptist Centre
- Irish Baptist College
- Ken Scott
- Maurice Dowling