|From the General Secretary |
By Neville Callam
2005, when we gathered in Birmingham, UK, former BWA General Secretary Denton
Lotz announced that the 20th Baptist World Congress would take place
in Honolulu, Hawai'i. In 2010, 25 years would have passed since the congress
took place in North America and everyone seemed to agree that it was time to
afford the numerous Baptists associated with the North American Baptist
Fellowship the opportunity to open their arms to welcome the worldwide family
for another congress.
America has a proud record of hosting BWA congress. The seven congress held
there took place in Philadelphia (1911), in Atlanta (1939), in Cleveland
(1950), in Miami Beach (1965), in Los Angeles (1985) and in Toronto twice (1928
and 1980). Many of you will recall memorable moments from these gatherings for
which Baptists waited with eager longing and fervent hope. Now, the time is
almost here for us to gather again in North America.
time, the meeting will be a congress with a difference. The reason is that the
vast expanse called the United States - one of the North American territories -
also includes lovely islands in the Pacific Ocean.
images come to mind when we think about Hawai'i. The upcoming congress will
take place within an enchanting cultural context where the Aloha spirit beckons
and does not disappoint. Outstanding Baptist leader Rick Lazor and a
hardworking team of Christians in Hawai'i will combine their gifts with those
of a gifted group of persons in the Congress Planning Committee, led by
President-elect John Upton, to ensure that we will enjoy an experience of the
global Baptist family enriched by the colors, sounds and mood of the local Hawai'ian
culture. BWA staff members have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside these
volunteers to prepare for Honolulu 2010.
promotional work is done; the days and nights of planning are drawing to a
close, and Baptists around the world are holding hands, metaphorically, in a
marvelous circle of prayer to pray for God's purposes to be achieved through
Congress 2010 when we seek to "Hear the Spirit!"
all the hours spent in the planning process, without the guidance of the Holy
Spirit throughout that process and the enabling of God as we go forward, the experience
of the Congress will be less than it should be. Ours now is the invitation to
will continue to pray for Rick Lazor and the Local Arrangements Committee. We
must not forget to pray for safe travel to and from Hawai'i for the thousands
who will attend the Congress. We must remember to pray for the many presenters
who contribute to our spiritual and vocational enrichment, for those who will
help manage the events and for all congress participants. Our desire is for
good to come from the many opportunities Congress 2010 will offer to the
thousands who will be in attendance.
we will give all the glory to God!
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|What BWA Member Bodies are Doing|
Convention of Philippine
Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (CPBC) was formed in 1935 and became
fully autonomous in 1969. It is the oldest Baptist body in the Philippines.
than 25 percent of all Baptists in the Philippines are members of the CPBC.
development goes back to the work of Baptist missionaries from Sweden and the
American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society.
with the Visayas region, the convention is now represented throughout the
country. Since 1979 the CPBC ordains women and almost half of the local
churches are led by women. CPBC now represents 1,000 churches and
roughly 300,000 church members.
emphasizes Christian education and works to help local churches develop a
ministry to nurture and empower people and communities. A department for
theological education develops continuing education programs for pastors. The Baptist
body has initiated development ministries with indigenous people regarding
ecology, adult literacy and supports the work of cooperatives. Its
churches have respective extension programs and community outreach including
preschool centers, elementary, and secondary schools.
CPBC also has a department for evangelization and mission for the churches and coordinates
actions related to revival work.
January 2010, the Convention Baptist Ministers Association
(CBMA) held its 69th Annual National Assembly attended by more than
700 participants coming from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The CBMA is a national
organization of Baptist pastors serving the churches and institutions of the CPBC.
The assembly, in addition to regular meeting activities,
served as a reunion of institutions under the CPBC. A forum was held with national
and regional government leaders and nongovernment organizations to establish
partnerships toward nation building.
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Church, Oklahoma City, in the United States, is an historic church with a
Members of First Baptist relate to the world through several long term relationships,
including collaboration with congregations in the USA to serve South East
Asia. First Baptist has increased its awareness of the Chin refugees from
Myanmar by hosting the Myanmar United Baptist Church. The congregation
also has a home-based fellowship for members of Lai Baptist Church who are
Hakha, from Chin state in Myanmar.
World Alliance Global Impact Church partners with HisNets to deliver mosquito
nets to areas where malaria is prevalent, and works with SAT-7 to provide
Christian broadcasts in North Africa and the Middle East.
First Baptist hosts an English-Second-Language school and teaches English to refugees and
resident internationals, and has begun a new ministry among Latinos, with a
native Argentine leading the effort. A Sudanese Christian Fellowship meets each
Sunday at the church as well.
website includes a statement on the church's relationships to global peoples in
Oklahoma City. "If you come
from another country, we are here to help you. Whether you are a student,
refugee, immigrant, scholar, business person, or have some other title, we are
here to welcome all global peoples. We offer you language classes, cultural
orientation, Bible studies, and new friends that celebrate who you are. When
you are with us, you will be loved, and you will be free to explore all aspects
of life and faith, without pressure to change anything."
To Frederick George, former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and a member of the BWA Commission on Freedom and Justice and the BWAid Committee, on receiving the honorific title of Member of the Order of the British Empire, from Queen Elizabeth II. |
"Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever" (Psalm 106:1 NIV).
enriching experience the upcoming Congress is going to be! How does one
characterize the important Leadership Conference for Baptist Women worldwide, the
gathering of Baptist Men, the events planned for the youth, the many
opportunities that have been prepared for the children and the Living Water
celebration that awaits us? And are not many other events scheduled to take
place at the Congress?
opportunity that we wholeheartedly anticipate is the 400 Ingathering!
Baptists around the world marked the 400th anniversary of the birth
of the historic Baptist movement. On that occasion, we launched the 400 Fund
through which Baptists receive yet another opportunity to register our sincere
thanks to God and also make a down payment in the interest of the future
ministry of the worldwide Baptist movement.
who are coming to the Congress are asked to bring and present a one-time
offering to God as a contribution to the Baptist 400 Fund. We encourage
everyone to contribute the equivalent of 40, 400, 4,000 or 40,000 units of your
local currency as a way of saying, "Thank you Lord for your blessings on the worldwide
Baptist Movement." Your gift will also be a sign of your commitment to pray for
Baptists worldwide as we go into our fifth century of service and witness.
Ingathering will be received throughout the congress. As delegates collect
their registration materials, they may make their contribution and collect
their Legacy Society badge. Throughout the congress, select BWA staff will
stand ready to receive your contribution and to ensure that your name is added
to the list of contributors to the ingathering. We thank God for yet another opportunity
to respond to God's faithfulness and to make a joyful contribution toward the
ministry of the BWA.
some of you have sent in your contribution to the Baptist 400 Fund. As we
gather for the event, please wear your badge to proudly celebrate your
association with a worthy cause. Those who will not be in Hawaii may send in
their contribution to the BWA Center in Falls Church. No gift is too small or
too large. Embrace the opportunity to identify yourself with this act of
thankfulness to God and this pledge of faithfulness in a ministry that has been
a source of rich blessings to so many.
Already, outgoing president, David Coffey, incoming president, John Upton, and general secretary,
Neville Callam, have made their financial donation to the 400 Fund and, in one accord,
we urge you to join us in presenting a
glad thank offering to God.
has done great things for us and we are filled with joy" (Psalm 126:3 NIV)!
|In Memoriam: Davorin Peterlin|
a former vice president of the Baptist Union of Croatia, died suddenly on June
14. He was 51 years old.
Peterlin spent most of his adult life in academia, having
been appointed professor and academic dean at the Evangelical Theological
Seminary in Osijek, Croatia; professor at the International Baptist Theological
Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic; director of the Keston Institute in Oxford
, England; and a researcher at Oxford University's Regent's Park College, among
other positions in other institutions.
At the time of his death, he was professor of
Early Christianity and History of Minority Religious
Groups, head of the Research Department and academic resources officer at the Evangelical Theological
Faculty in Osijek. He served the Baptist Union of Croatia as vice
president from 1995-1999.
Funeral services were held June 17 at the Zagreb
Crematorium, in Croatia, and a memorial service at the Evangelical Theological
Faculty on June 24.
Baptist World Aid
|BWAid grants for the month June.. |
Grants recorded in United States dollars unless otherwise noted
Storm Relief - 2,500.00
Help Houses - 20,000.00
Nagaland Reconciliation - 1,000.00
Flood Relief - 10,000.00
Hunger Relief - 12,500.00
University women's dorm - 20,000.00
Earthquake Relief - 52,415.00
Earthquake Relief - $25,000.00
Monthly Prayer Guide
Each week, the staff of the Baptist World Alliance prays for conventions and unions throughout the world.
We invite all other Baptist conventions and unions, and individual Baptists everywhere, to join us in these prayers.
For the months of July and August we will remember the following:
Colombian Baptist Denomination
National Baptist Convention of Venezuela
July 11- 17
Baptist Associations of Costa Rica
Baptist Association of El Salvador
Federation of El Salvador
Baptist Convention of Nicaragua
Baptist Convention of Panama
July 18-24Baptist Association of Belize
Convention of Baptist
Churches in Guatemala
National Convention of Baptist Churches in Honduras
National Baptist Convention of Mexico
July 25-July 31National Baptist
Missionary and Educational Convention (Bahamas)
Antigua Baptist Association
Barbados Baptist Convention
of Western Cuba
Baptist Convention of Eastern Cuba
fraternity of Baptist Churches of Cuba
Free Baptist Convention of Cuba
Baptist Convention of
Baptist Convention of Haiti
Baptist Haiti Mission
Baptist Union of Trinidad and Tobago
Bermuda Baptist Fellowship
Dominican Baptist Convention
Canadian Baptist Ministries
Canadian Convention of Southern Baptist
American Baptist Churches in the USA
Baptist General Association of
Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference)
Convention of Missouri
Baptist General Convention of Texas
Czechoslovak Baptist Convention of USA and Canada
Carey Baptist Foreign Missionary Convention, USA
National Missionary Baptist
Convention of America
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc,
Convention of America
North American Baptist Conference
Baptist Convention, Inc (USA)
Russian-Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Union,USA
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference USA and Canada
Union of Latvian
Baptists in America
General Association of General Baptists (USA)
Baptist Union of Australia
Baptist Union of New
Fiji Baptist Convention
Baptist Union of Papua New
Evangelical Churches and Baptist Church of Estonia
Union of Baptist Churches in Latvia
Baptist Union of Lithuania
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Caribbean Baptist Women's Union Conference, Orlando, Florida, USA, July 17-21
BWA Women's Leadership Conference, Honolulu, Hawai'i, July 24-27
Baptist World Congress, Honolulu, Hawai'i, July 28-August 1