Baptist World Alliance
Eron Henry, Associate Director of Communications
Neville Callam, General Secretary
July 28, 2010
For Immediate Release
South Africa to host 2015 Baptist World Congress
|Washington (BWA) --
The 21st Baptist World Congress will be held in
Durban, South Africa, in July 2015.|
This announcement was made by Baptist World Alliance General
Secretary Neville Callam during the BWA Executive Committee meeting on July 27.
The Executive Committee is one of several BWA bodies that are having meetings
before the start of the 20th Baptist World Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii, from July 28 to August 1.
Paul Msiza, president of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship
and general secretary of the South Africa Baptist Convention, expressed great
delight that South Africa has been chosen to host the next meeting of the
largest international gathering of Baptist Christians.
"It will be an honor to the Baptists of South Africa and to
Africa to host the Baptist World Congress," Msiza told executive members. He indicated
that hosting the recent FIFA World Cup, the most widely viewed sporting event
in the world which was held in South Africa from June 11 to July 11, provide
South Africa with good experience to host Baptists from around the world.
"You will enjoy South
African hospitality," Msiza said. He noted that travelling to South Africa will
be affordable and much easier as, with the World Cup, more airlines have opened
up routes to the country.
Approximately 4,000 Baptists from 105 countries are
gathering in Honolulu for the 20th world congress to share in
worship, fellowship, mission, and study.