The Penny Black, the world’s first postage stamp was issued in Britain in May, 1840 and featured Queen Victoria. This invention changed the way people sent and received their mail, it also created a new hobby- stamp collecting! The first stamps in Australia appeared before federation with New South Wales issuing the first of the “Sydney Views” stamps on January 1st, 1850, featuring scenes of Sydney and its harbour.
Stamp Collecting is one of the world’s most prolific hobbies. The Wall Street Journal estimates that in 2013 60 million people enjoyed preserving the many, varied, interesting and beautiful postage stamps from around the world.
Baptist Mission Australia collects postage stamps too. Well, actually, a lot of our Baptist church members take the time to send us stamps they have collected over the years, removed from letters they have received or have been given from other people so that we can sell them to collectors and raise funds for mission work here in Australia and around the world. In the year to July 2021, $70,000 was raised from the sale of both mint and used stamps. We praise God for His generosity and we thank those involved in supporting Baptist Mission Australia in this way.
If this sounds like an interesting way to support our Intercultural Team Members on the field then please, get in touch and we can chat about how you and your church can join the Baptist Mission Australia stamp collecting team.