Baptist World Alliance, BWA News Release

Prayer for South Africa

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#FeesMustFall student protest in South AfricaBaptists around the world are encouraged to join the call of the Baptist Union of Southern Africa (BUSA) to engage in a “special united prayer on Sunday 30 October” for South Africa.

BUSA made the call to its own membership at the conclusion of its 2016 Assembly in early October. “We are all familiar with the many challenges facing our country and Christian community,” wrote BUSA President Patrick Diba and General Secretary Angelo Scheepers.

The two leaders made special reference to protests by students against high university fees, for “a peaceful and just solution to be achieved” and that “peace and social justice” will prevail.

BUSA hopes “many youth will respond to the claims of Jesus Christ.”

South Africa is facing severe drought, as well. While Diba and Scheepers praised God for recent rains, they asked that prayers be offered “for those regions, especially catchment areas and farming communities, which are still experiencing drought conditions.”

Churches were also urged to bear in mind and to pray about the severe financial challenges that BUSA faces.

Diba and Scheepers request “that you and your congregation will join with our Baptist family as, together, we seek the Lord’s intervention, forgiveness and blessing on our nation, churches and people.”

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© October 28, 2016

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.