Timothy Richard Appeal 2019-2021

Almost halfway there – thank you!

Appeal Target:                         £40,000
Appeal Total to date:              £16,782
(January 2021)

New resources for 2021 for online or ‘in-person’ services.

The Timothy Richard Appeal has been extended until July 2021 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic with some new resources for churches to make use of.

Please consider using any of the resources below to host a special Sunday focus.

A ‘Sunday Service’ by Rev Peter M Thomas

  • Peter has kindly prepared a full order of service and meditation which includes readings, prayers, reflections, hymns and a PowerPoint presentation.
  • This could be used or adapted for all or part for an online service.
  • Encourage those who are unable to join online services by printing and sharing a copy to be read at home.

Download the Sunday Service here: Appeal SUNDAY 2021

Download the Powerpoint here:   TIMOTHY RICHARD APPEAL

New video’s available to download and use

Video 1: What does the church do in a time of crisis?

In February 2021 BUW Ministers had the opportunity to talking with Nabil Costa (General Secretary Association of Evangelical School in Lebanon (AESL) and his colleague Wissam, who attended an online meeting of BUW Ministers in February 2021.

Nabil recently wrote:  “During the last year, Lebanon faced a trifecta of calamities: The mass uprisings, the Coronavirus pandemic, and the explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4th, 2020. These came on the heels of a decade of extreme humanitarian turmoil and were defined by an ever worsening economic, financial and social crisis throughout. In response to the year’s various crises, each of our ministries jumped in headfirst to provide relief to the surrounding community hand in hand with the local church. Everyone pitched in, teaming up with one another to make sure that all bases were covered.”


Video 2:  How are the Baptist churches responding to the crisis in Lebanon?

A 5 min video showing the incredible work being done by Lebanese Baptist churches. This video was shown at the European Baptist Federation Council 2020.


Video 3: A short video from Dr Kang San Tan, General Director of BMS World Mission to say thank you for all the gifts that have been received.


Video 4: ‘Hope for Refugee Children’ – The Timothy Richard Appeal video reminding us who was Timothy Richard and how we can help BMS work in Syria among child refugees.


Further resources are available on the BMS Appeal page.



How can I give?

We understand that it will be difficult to hold collections for the appeal but please consider making the following options available to those who would like to give.


Timothy Richard Appeal

In 2019 the Baptist Union of Wales marked the centenary of the death of one of our greatest missionaries – Timothy Richard.

Timothy Richard is a Welsh hero, though many of our people do not know his name. His heroism was in the service of Jesus Christ and the service of his neighbour in a foreign land. Hailing from Carmarthenshire, Timothy Richard was sent by the Baptist Missionary Society to China in 1869 and is widely regarded as one of the most pioneering missionaries of his time, and his legacy is still evident in the mission work of BMS World Mission today. He played an important part in combating the Great Famine of 1876-1879 in China, and set up a Western-Chinese university in China and was passionate about the role education could play in averting and alleviating suffering. He was so respected by the Chinese authorities, for his passion, his compassion and his respect for their culture, that he was awarded the Order of the Double Dragon

Welsh churches need Welsh heroes. Christians who have made a difference, pioneers who can inspire our fellowships to better serve our God and love our neighbour – wherever they may be.

Celebrate Richard’s legacy and carry on his pioneering mission work by supporting BMS World Mission’s life-changing work with Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.

What Welsh churches can do to help is simple:

  • Take up a special offering in your church for the Timothy Richard Appeal
  • Share the inspiring video and PowerPoint about Timothy Richard and BMS work with Syrian refugee children in your service
  • Use the PowerPoint to introduce your church to the children they will help, and use the ‘How to get involved’ ideas and video to inspire them
  • Visit www.bmsworldmission.org/BUWappeal to get even more resources

As we continue to remember the life and work of Timothy Richard, we are asking the Baptist churches of Wales  that supported him over 100 years ago to support a cause we believe would be dear to his heart: providing education to children from a country most of them will never visit, torn apart by disaster. 

You, personally, could help children like Gabi and Maher, two Syrian boys who live in a tent and who haven’t seen their home in Syria for years because of the war. They are in Lebanon now – a country roughly half the size of Wales, which has taken in 1.5 million refugees. You can help them, and people like them all over the world, by involving your church in the Timothy Richard Appeal and in asking your fellowship to give generously.

The work BMS World Mission is already doing in a learning centre outside Beirut is changing these children’s lives and giving them hope. Working with the Church in Lebanon, Christ’s love is being made practical and the gift of education is being given to people in the name of Jesus. It’s a cause Timothy Richard, who led the first major overseas humanitarian appeal to British Christians to help victims of a Chinese famine, would approve of.

We believe that if churches like yours across Wales come together in faith, God will be able to do great things with their giving. We could make a real difference to more children like Gabi and Maher, if together we raise £40,000. We believe we can do it! And we believe we should.

Even in these uncertain times, we believe in a God of hope. Will you join with other churches in our family and do your best to make the Timothy Richard Appeal even more successful than we can imagine? Will you use your influence to inspire others to help these children?

Please join us in celebrating a true Welsh hero in a truly Christian way. Please help us to make a difference.

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