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BWA General Council Resolution 1976.3

3 MOTION by Roy Bell was seconded, and carried

34GC76 that the following resolution, and all pending amendments, be referred to the Executive Committee for consideration.

Since certain governments engage in programs of relief and development beyond their boundaries, and in so doing use their own and other governmental agencies, national voluntary agencies, but do not use international voluntary agencies; and

Since the United Nations system makes limited use of international voluntary agencies, which could be increased; and

Since international voluntary agencies, such as the Baptist World Alliance, help people through relief and development programs of their own, and could be of assistance in carrying out similar activities of publicly-funded projects;

That we encourage governments and the agencies of the United Nations system to utilize international voluntary agencies in the administration of relief and development programs; and, further

A motion was before the group to delete the following paragraph of the resolution; thus making that motion a “pending amendment.” The amendment was included in the motion that referred the entire resolution to the Executive.

That the Baptist World Alliance Division of Relief and Development be authorized to accept grants for relief and development programs consistent with the Constitution and witness of the Alliance.


Original Source Bibliography: Denny, Robert S., editor. Baptist World Alliance 1976 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1976.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Robert S. Denny, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1976 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1976), pp. 41- 42.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1976.3 Relief and Development Programs;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1976.3).

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Since its formation in 1905, the Baptist World Alliance has networked the global Baptist family to impact the world for Christ with a commitment to strengthen worship, fellowship and unity; lead in mission and evangelism; respond to people in need through aid, relief, and community development; defend religious freedom, human rights, and justice; and advance theological reflection and leadership development.