Baptist World Alliance, BWA News Release

Nigerian youth leader dies

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The All Africa Baptist Youth Fellowship marked three days of mourning June 5-7 after the death of Francis Iliya Bakut, the national president of the Nigeria Baptist Convention Youth Conference.

Bakut died June 4 after bringing fraternal greetings at the opening of the 2018 youth week anniversary at First Baptist Church in Garki Abuja.

AABYF, in its weekly prayer guide, called for the day of mourning with the “highest level of sorrow, sadness and unstoppable streams of tears.”

The Baptist World Alliance, founded in 1905, is a fellowship of 253 conventions and unions in 130 countries and territories comprising 51 million baptized believers in 176,000 churches. For more than 100 years, the Baptist World Alliance has networked the 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.