Praying for Peace in Eastern Europe

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Standing Together at this Critical Time

A Report from Ukraine

Speaking from the streets of Lviv, BWA General Secretary Elijah Brown shares an important update. Please take a few minutes to hear how Baptists throughout Ukraine and across Eastern Europe are responding to the needs around them. Will you stand with them in prayer and support at this critical time? Browse the site below to learn more about our global response and how you can participate. 

Joint Statement

The BWA Executive Committee stands together as a worldwide Baptist family that draws upon 400 years of shared history and denounce the violence in Ukraine. We affirm again our love for all people across this region, renew our commitment to enter into the sufferings of humanity, and stand in the belief that all conflicts and differences can be resolved peacefully. We exhort all people and all governments to stand together in these affirmations and to use every avenue to pursue just peace. Read the Full Statement.

The Path to Peace

In February during a United Nations Security Council meeting related to the tensions along the Russian and Ukranian border, the sound of artillery rang out in cities across Ukraine. As a full-scale invasion of Ukraine ensues, BWA General Secretary Elijah Brown shares the importance of praying for and seeking peace.

A Call to Respond

General Secretary Elijah Brown and other BWA leaders have sought to provide spiritual encouragement and support of Baptist sisters and brothers in the region.  In this video, Dr. Brown shares some of their stories and how you can respond.

Solidarity Resources

Browse resources to help you and your community stand together in prayer, social media advocacy, and support.

As one Baptist family rooted in Jesus Christ as Lord, we bear witness to the biblical truth that ‘if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.’ One of the most important ways we can support our family who are suffering is through prayer. Would you share a prayer from you and your community? These will be gathered and shared with Baptists in the region as an expression of solidarity and source of encouragement.

A History of Solidarity

The Baptist World Alliance has a long history of standing for human rights and religious freedom, including support of those facing persecution and unrest in Eastern Europe. Click below to read the resolutions in their entirety.

Resolution on Situation in Ukraine (2014)

Resolution on Religious Freedom in Russia (2017)

Resolution on Freedom of Religion in the Lugansk Region in Eastern Ukraine (2018)

Standing Together in Prayer

Join with the global Baptist family in prayer for peace to prevail and for protection and provision for our Baptist sisters and brothers striving to make an impact in their communities at this crucial time. Included below is a prayer guide featuring request from Russian and Ukrainian Baptists as well as a prayer for peace from Russian Baptist women. The BWA was also a lead partner in organizing a multi-faith prayer meeting held at the United Nations Church Center Chapel in New York City on Thursday, March 3, at 12:00 pm EST. The service was entitled: Global Prayers for Ukraine: A Multi-Faith Service for Peace and Freedom in a Hurting World.” Faith leaders from around the world, including BWA General Secretary Elijah Brown, participated.

Virtual Prayer Gathering

In our continuing response to the crisis in Eastern Europe, the Baptist World Alliance is issuing an invitation to Baptists worldwide to join in a unified hour of prayer at 10:00 a.m. EST on Monday, February 28, 2022. Click here to watch a recording of the session featuring an update from a Baptist leader in Ukraine as well as prayers lifted in multiple languages from across the globe.