Dear Brothers and Sisters,
With deep regret, APWM has decided to conclude its relationship with one of our Partner Churches, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bangladesh on 30th November, 2014.
Over the last few years we have been experiencing some difficulties with the church. We had hoped that the difficulties would be resolved through a series of changes coupled with the growing maturity of the leadership. This has not proven to be the case.
On Friday 24th October the APWM Federal Committee held its regular meeting and discussed some of the challenges that we face in this relationship. With deep regret the Committee decided to end this Partnership as at 30th November, 2014. We thank the many supporters of this ministry and the APWM NSW Committee for its many years of hard work and commitment to this ministry.
We are now in the process of ensuring as far as possible that the leaders and pastors in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bangladesh have some financial support for the next three months while they adjust to the end of the partnership.
What does this decision mean for the Presbyterian Church of Australia?
(1) That after we have made financial provision for our brethren in Bangladesh we will no longer be sending any more money to Bangladesh.
(2) That no one is authorised to ask for money on behalf of the Presbyterian Church of Australia to support the ministry of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bangladesh or any group that may arise from the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bangladesh.
(3) That only appointed representatives of the APWM Federal Committee are authorised to represent the Presbyterian Church of Australia or APWM in Bangladesh.
We express our gratitude to those who have supported this ministry.