What we do and how we work
The book Bible Basics was published in 1992, and is, we believe,
a sound statement of the Truth as understood by Christadelphians. This
book has been the backbone of our preaching work. Prior to this, the
course now known as Introducing Bible Basics was used to spread
We hate ‘numbering Israel’ as it were but perhaps a few statistics
are in order to explain the exciting extent of the work.
Over the past 15 years we have advertised Introducing Bible Basics
and since 1992 Bible Basics and associated work world-wide. This
has resulted in around 2000 baptisms by God’s grace. These have
The Americas - Argentina,
Bolivia, Chile, Trinidad, USA [18 to date]
Europe - Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,
Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia,
Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Russia, Turkey, U.K., Ukraine, Yugoslavia
Asia - Afghanistan, China, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgystan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Middle East / North Africa
- Eritrea, Iran , Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, , Sudan,
Africa - There were about 700 baptisms whilst
we were in the Dawn fellowship, scattered throughout Ghana, Kenya,
Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania,
Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Most of these are now in Central fellowship
and cared for by the C.B.M.
This is in addition to all the countries where we have made contacts
and visited them but as yet with no baptisms- nevertheless a witness
has been made. In the majority of those countries there has either developed
or is developing a healthy, sound ecclesial base.
We believe that we have been used by the Lord to be at the cutting
edge of taking the true Gospel into all the world before the Lord comes,
therefore we have tried to follow the pattern of Paul in seeking
to take Christ to where He has not been named by other
preachers (2 Cor. 10:12-16) This is one of our guiding principles. Like
Paul in the context of that quotation, we do not seek to interfere with
others’ preaching nor to be in competition, only to take Christ
to those who have not heard. We have contacts from almost every country
on earth- at the time of writing we are hoping for our first baptisms
soon in Iraq. Replies have been received very recently from Iceland
and Greenland. We believe that it would be a tragedy to see this work
curtailed- it has taken us 20 years of developing our resources and
methodology to get into the position where, by God’s grace and
blessing, the Truth is literally spreading to the furthest corners of
the planet. In the course of this work we have distributed something
like 100,000 copies of Bible Basics and over 200,000 copies of
Introducing Bible Basics or its equivalent, in various
languages. In the last 12 months, there has been an average of 4 baptisms
/ week as a result of God’s blessing upon our work. This is roughly
a baptism every two days!
Our Method is in 4 stages:-
- Initial development of interest
- Tutoring and following up contacts to baptism
- Encouraging the spiritual development of
those baptized with the aim of them forming self-sustaining, independent
ecclesias giving glory to our Father in Heaven and eagerly awaiting
the return of His Son.
- Caring for the specific material needs of
We’ll now look at these in more detail:
1) Initial development of interest
This is done by:-
- Press adverts
- Leaflet distribution
- The internet
- Encouraging existing contacts and converts to spread the message
by giving them literature to distribute
- Placing Bible Basics in libraries.
The amount of funds spent on this varies enormously year to year, in
accordance with possibilities that arise. We have a guiding principle
here of producing literature in the native language of those to
whom we are preaching. We generally do not produce literature
piecemeal; if we are going to go into a country, we try to produce enough
literature so that the contact can learn all our doctrines through it.
We see little point, e.g., in producing a booklet about baptism in,
say, Zulu if there is no other literature to give to a Zulu-only speaking
contact. We therefore aim to produce Bible Basics and preferably
Introducing Bible Basics in the target language. We find ourselves
led by the Lord in which countries to go for- e.g. work in Israel led
to contacts with Falashas, and so an Ethiopian [Amharic] version was
produced, and this led to contacts in Eritrea who were then baptized.
They then fled to Sudan, thence to Libya, and this led to work and baptisms
there. As long as we seek to work with the Lord and are willing to follow
His providential leadings, we find the work blessed. Bible Basics
has now been produced in over 50 languages and many more are ongoing.
Responses to our advertising are faithfully mailed out by brothers
and sisters in various locations world-wide. If you or your ecclesia
would like to get involved with such mail out work, please get in touch!
We can assure you that a great bond of fellowship is developed in this
2) Tutoring and following up contacts to baptism
We believe it is vital for contacts to have a Bible in their
own language. It is often hard for people in isolated areas
or Islamic states to buy their own Bible and so we buy them from Western
suppliers and mail out. Often the first piece of literature we send
is the Bible Companion, as we try to encourage them to read the
Bible for themselves personally above all.
We encourage any involved in tutoring to make at least some attempt
to learn the language of the area they are working in. We like to hand
over as much responsibility as possible for local preaching to local
converts; we baptize them on the understanding that they are
to be a light to their world, and we are there to support them as far
as possible. Tutoring in European languages is handled from within Eastern
Europe; tutoring in English from England. If you would like to tutor
contacts in English, either by email or by post, please do get in touch
with us! Tutoring in other languages is either done through translation
over the internet by our team, or by local brothers and sisters in the
field who speak the language in question. We keep a central data base
of all contacts who are actively studying with us. We have around 2,000,
generating around 10 letters / day on average plus many e-mails.
Candidates for baptism are typically expected to have completed Bible
Basics and to have had discussion with us by post about baptism
before we even think of visiting them; this is because we are dealing
with such a wide geographical area that it is impossible to send workers
out to meet contacts just for discussion. Where possible we try to gather
contacts together for Bible Schools and to get local brothers and sisters
to visit them. We are baptizing an average of 3 Bible Basics
contacts / week. This number is increasing as the converts themselves
start to perform interviews and baptisms and they in turn spread the
message to their network of contacts, who if converted, spread it to
We baptize candidates on the basis of their believing the essence of
the BASF and committing themselves to a Godly life in Christ thereafter.
Our ideal is for there to be a brother and sister at each interview,
preferably one of them a local convert, and for the interview to be
conducted wherever possible in the native language of the candidate.
Circumstances may prevent this in every case but this is our ideal.
We believe every effort should be made to enable candidates to be interviewed
as quickly as possible once they have stated their desire for baptism.
This part of our budget includes travel to visit and baptize contacts.
3) Encouraging the spiritual development of those baptized with
the aim of them forming self-sustaining, independent ecclesias giving
glory to our Father in Heaven and eagerly awaiting the return of His
Son. This is our final aim.
As soon as someone is baptized, they are:
- Strongly encouraged to use the Bible Companion which they
have been sent during their study, and to break bread alone if necessary
each week as explained in the final chapter of Bible Basics.
We place a priority in getting the Bible Companion translated
into the local languages.
- Sent a literature pack containing Christadelphian books for further
study, lessons and leaflets for distribution etc. This is sent in
English to those who know English and in Russian to those who know
Russian. Over 30 major Christadelphian books have been produced in
Russian and some in Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian. We are working
on producing more material in other languages.
- Sent exhortations for the breaking of bread. This service is in
English and Russian but we are needing to expand it to cover other
- Their address is given to a group of brothers and sisters who send
them greetings for their baptism and seek to develop a personal bond
with them through correspondence. If you would like to be involved
in this- please ask!
- Sent literature for their children or young relatives in English
or Russian. We are working on developing children’s materials
in other languages. One of our guiding principles is that the
new converts should teach their children and families systematically
about the Truth.
- Sent Gospel News magazine. They are encouraged to write articles and news and to
have contact with other brothers and sisters in similar circumstances
to them or speaking the same language. They are encouraged, and funded
where appropriate, to travel to meet with their nearest believers.
We believe the newly baptized should express themselves in writing
about their feelings and Bible studies and share these with other
brothers and sisters. Gospel News and other local journals
enable this. We are concerned about the dearth of resources in languages
apart from English, Russian & Spanish.
- Invited to Bible Schools where possible so that they can meet with
other converts like themselves. If you would like to attend a Bible
School in a mission area, we would be delighted to see you!
- Introduced to appropriate local brothers and sisters and encouraged
to form ecclesias.
4) Caring for the specific material needs of those baptized.
Increasingly those baptized from Bible Basics work are from
areas where there is serious persecution or major instability and poverty.
Be it rural Latvia, Islamic countries like Iran where baptism carries
the death sentence, or poverty stricken members of persecuted ethnic
minorities - e.g. Serbs in Albanian held territory, Russians in Kazakhstan-
there are very real and large welfare items constantly coming up. The
break-up of the USSR caused major social upheaval, the extent of which
is not widely recognized . Many need re-housing, and the privatisation
of medical services results in increased need to fund operations from
cataracts to Caesarians. There are also major expenses involved with
those who have had to flee their homelands after baptism due to Islamic
persecution. They arrive in foreign lands or distant cities destitute,
having sacrificed all they have for the Truth, and require our major
support. There are also those who have problems connected with their
conscientious objection to military service. This may require them to
flee to another country, flee elsewhere and apply for asylum, or to
go underground for some years within their native country. This all
creates a large demand for funds with which to support them. These cases
often require emergency visits to be made to assess needs and find ways
forward to help and sustain them, as well as to support them in tribunals
and appeals to the UN. We hasten to add that we do not respond to requests
for funds by merely handing over whatever is requested.
Something we feel has often been overlooked is the unaddressed trauma
that many of the new converts go through. This is not only due to persecution
but to the exceptional difficulties which people in poor societies suffer.
Death, often violent or tragic, is a frequent part of their experience;
often they do not understand health issues. We have a good network of
counsellors, shoulders to cry on, doctors, psychologists and other specialists
to whom we refer such cases. We urgently desire to expand that network.
If you have any skills, or if you’re just willing to correspond
with someone in need, grief or hurt, please get in touch!