APBAid Response Framework and Resource Toolkit

APBAid Response Framework and Resource Toolkit

With global resources stretched, this is the time to draw on our Baptist values of locally-led, activist communities. Asia Pacific Baptist Aid (APBAid) has developed a toolkit as a resource to support conventions, unions and churches seeking to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The possible practical actions provided in this toolkit can be replicated and adapted for local church responses to the outbreak of COVID-19 in their respective regions.

This toolkit aligns with the global Baptist COVID-19 response plan to “Strengthen, Lead, Respond, Defend, and Advance.”

These five dimensions clearly merge with the three United Nations (UN) strategies and activity outputs of Containment, Reducing Deterioration and Protecting, and Assisting and Advocating for the most vulnerable. It is designed with the understanding that churches, communities, and families are key in this response. In aligning ourselves with these global priorities, we also meet global standards and present ourselves as a good model of best practices in such a time as this. To conform to global humanitarian standards, the overarching framework of response is based upon the UN’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan (Global HRP) 1 and articulates three strategic priorities:

  1. Contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and decrease morbidity and mortality.
  2. Decrease the deterioration of human assets and rights, social cohesion, and livelihoods.
  3. Protect, assist, and advocate for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), migrants, and host communities particularly vulnerable to the pandemic.
USING THE TOOLKIT 

This resource toolkit (accessible at http://bit.ly/APBAidToolkit) is intended to provide churches and conventions with a pool of resources and ideas of responses and best practices drawn from around the region that may be replicated and utilized. The responses are presented as a “menu” that each implementing body can choose according to context, need, and capacity – serving as a guide to formulate their individual responses within their nations.

It then provides a segmentation of activity output phases for each priority according to Prevention, Emergency, and Recovery as pictured in the table below. It includes both psychosocial wellbeing tools, in addition to a section of resources for theological reflection and a guide for online worship as well as a wide variety of program resources. The toolkit is collated under three main sections of Church, Family, and Community responses and program ideas for each UN priority. All the above resources are uploaded on an accessible drive (see link below) in three folders named:

  1. Church
  2. Family 
  3. Community 

The matrix below captures how the above framework has been arranged as well as provides a few examples. This framework is an example of how you as a church or convention may align your activities with the global priorities. The activities are broadly categorized as Prevention, Emergency, and Recovery. An example is given under each section. It is also presented as a framework to design a plan of action that would include either one or more of the UN Global Humanitarian priorities, be focused on particular activity outputs or multiple outputs, and address needs by targeting church action, families, or community. 

We suggest that as you look at your program of activities, ensure it is carried out by:

  1. Reviewing local needs. 
  2. Reviewing available resources.
  3. Designing an appropriate response.

Find a repository of tools that has been collated in the google drive at:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1nyKMye7ZhIJ0w530yYGXuQ_kwZkx9kas

To make the most of this toolkit, we recommend that you look through it all and then return for specific resources as you develop your overall response. The toolkit brings together resources from around the world to provide ideas, guidelines, and reflections on the new reality we find ourselves in. 

NOTE: The resources may be adapted to each local context as appropriate. Please give due credit and acknowledgment to sources when translating.

All of the resources, over 150 of them, are available online in a separate drive. To guide you to what is available, two indices are linked below and available for download: 

Weblinks: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PSMgt1roncMz2_Fzj2em-UynIjI3gN0J/view?usp=sharing

Article Index: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZPMZGb5RmUK7-hjMa9vNKXndUmP0YZpy/view?usp=sharing

For assistance or clarification, please feel free to reach out to to roshan@apbf.org or shereen.apbaid@apbf.org.

Manifesto

Manifesto

BWA Executive Committee Manifesto 1962-08.1

The Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance assembled at Oslo, Norway, August 20-24, 1962,

CALLS on Baptists to a more dedicated obedience to Christ’s Great Commission in view of the rapidly increasing world population, the technological challenges in many lands in the nuclear age, the revival of non-Christian religions, and the challenge of modern ideologies.

REMINDS all Baptists that there are still large areas where the gospel has not yet been preached, and that the missionaries, as servants of Christ, are to regard themselves as not only serving the churches that sent them, but also the churches that receive them, thus manifesting the reality of inter church fellowship between the north and the south, the east and the west.

APPEALS to all Baptists for volunteers for missionary service in these new conditions, young men and women who, responding to the call of God, and with motives derived from Jesus Christ Himself, will either leave their own countries or move into unevangelized areas of their own land, seeking to extend Christ’s kingdom.

STRESSES the need for Christian stewardship and adequate support of denominational organizations, boards and societies, in order that they may be effective in the evangelistic and missionary tasks committed to them.

Keywords

BWA; Aid; Angola; Conflict; Congo; Human Rights; Reconciliation; Refugees; Violence.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Nordenhaug, Josef, editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Oslo, Norway, August 20-22, 1962. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1962.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Oslo, Norway, August 20-22, 1962 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1962), p. 30.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Manifesto 1962-08.1 Manifesto; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Manifesto 1962-08.1).

Manifesto

Statement on Angola

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1961-06.1

Authorized by the Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance
At Wake Forest, North Carolina
June 29, 1961

The Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Wake Forest, North Carolina, U. S. A., June 27-29, is shocked and grieved at the reliable and continuing reports of offenses against basic rights, dignity, property and life itself occurring in Angola.

Feeling a concern for the 10,000 Baptists, as for all people in that nation, we call upon responsible authorities at all levels to restore order and opportunity for reconciliation.

Out of our concern we instruct our Baptist World Alliance Relief Committee to offer materials of relief for the well-being of all people in distress in Angola and Angolan refugees in Congo.

Historian’s Note

The BWA Executive Committee Statement 1961-06.1 on Angola was discussed and approved for distribution and application at the 1961 Executive Committee Meeting, but the text above was published the following year and included in the 1962 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes. For a detailed description of the context and motivation for composing and approving the statement, see Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina, June 27-29, 1961 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1961), p. 16.

Keywords

BWA; Aid; Angola; Conflict; Congo; Human Rights; Reconciliation; Refugees; Violence.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Nordenhaug, Josef, editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Oslo, Norway, August 20-22, 1962. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1962.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: The text has been published in Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Oslo, Norway, August 20-22, 1962 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1962), p. 21. For a detailed description of the context and motivation for composing and approving the statement, see Josef Nordenhaug, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the the Meeting of Executive Committee Held at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina, June 27-29, 1961 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1961), p. 16.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Statement 1961-06.1 Angola; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Statement 1961-06.1).

Manifesto

Memorial Resolutions — Alderman Herbert Marnham

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1935-05.1

(a) Alderman Herbert Marnham. The death of Mr. Herbert Marnham, a member of this Executive Committee from the founding of the Alliance and for many years its Eastern Treasurer, was referred to in feeling terms, and the ex-President, at the request of the members, drew up a resolution which was adopted in the following terms:—

The members of the Executive Committee of the Baptist World Alliance desire to place on record their deep sense of sorrow and loss in the passing of their honoured friend, Mr. Herbert Marnham. His death removes one of the outstanding laymen of the Baptist world brotherhood. Mr. Marnham was keenly interested in the affairs of the Alliance from its beginning. Almost from its founding he served as its Eastern Treasurer, and his wise counsel, sound business sense, and deep understanding of world problems made him an invaluable colleague. To these qualities were added that warm sympathy, generous hospitality, and Christian beneficence which endeared him to a wide circle of friends throughout the world.

Keywords

BWA; Herbert Marnham.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of Meeting of Executive Committee, Held at Memphis, Tenn., U.S.A. on Tuesday, May 14th, 1935. London: Baptist World Alliance, 1935.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of Meeting of Executive Committee, Held at Memphis, Tenn., U.S.A. on Tuesday, May 14th, 1935 (London: Baptist World Alliance, 1935), p.5.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1935-05.1 Memorial Resolution — Alderman Herbert Marnham; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1935-05.1).

Manifesto

Needs of Baptists in Russia

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1933-11.1

The General Secretary during the luncheon hour gave information as to the serious need, even amounting to starvation, among certain sections of the Russian Baptists, and emphasised the duty of expressing sympathy in practical form. At a later stage of the meeting it was resolved:—

“That the Committee has heard with interest and sympathy of organisation “Russian Service” represented by the Rev. I. V. Neprash, and trusts that he and those co-operating with him may receive adequate support in their humanitarian undertaking.”

Keywords

BWA; Aid; Hunger; Russia; Russian Service.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of Executive Committee, Held in New York City, U.S.A. on Tuesday, November 14th, 1933. London: Baptist World Alliance, 1933.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of Executive Committee, Held in New York City, U.S.A. on Tuesday, November 14th, 1933 (London: Baptist World Alliance, 1933), p. 7.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1933-11.1 Needs of Baptists in Russia; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1933-11.1).
For more information about Baptist World Alliance resolutions, visit BaptistWorld.org/resolutions.

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.