World Hunger

World Hunger

BWA General Council Resolution 1982.1

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Nairobi, Kenya:

2. Notes that October 16 is the anniversary date of the founding of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization has been declared World Food Day.

3. Supports the proposal of BWAid that October be set aside as World Hunger Month and agrees with the following contentions:

  • that food for every child’s growth and for lifelong health is a basic human right;
  • that the well-being of farms and farm families is vital to national and world progress;
  • that careful stewardship of the land and water resources on which food production depends is a global responsibility;
  • that all nations would work together to build a fail-proof system for world food security and world food justice;
  • urges the BWA member bodies to participate in this observance, not as a single day or single month event but to be aware of the responsibility we have to hungry people around the world every day of the year.

With 15-20 million people dying from the effects of hunger each year, 40,000 each day, 28 each minute (21 of them children), half the world’s population going to bed hungry every night, 1.2 billion people without pure water, 1.6 billion without effective medical care, 12.6 million refugees, we need to hear again Christ’s statement: “As you did it to one of the least of these…you did it to me.”

4. Pleads for massive support from our Unions/Conventions, churches and individuals to do all that is in our power in both relief and development to reverse this situation which is an insult to the Creator and a crushing indictment on us all.

Furthermore, to bring pressure on those governments in a position to help to see it as a major priority in their economic planning. It is our conviction that food for the hungry can never be seen as a political weapon.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982), p. 69.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1982.1 World Hunger; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1982.1).

World Hunger

Health and Education

BWA General Council Resolution 1982.4

We hold the conviction that our ministry to people should be holistic, inclusive of the all important spiritual, and also of the physical and moral.

We acknowledge with joy the work of Baptist churches, associations, unions and mission bodies in ministries of health and education and would strongly encourage bold new ventures in poverty areas.

We encourage our peoples to coordinate their activities in the area of health with the work of the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund and other international agencies which are seeking to achieve “Health for All by the Year 2000.”

We appreciate the efforts of our peoples to expand literacy and educational programs and projects so that persons everywhere may be better informed citizens and have the opportunity to read the Word of God in their own language.

We are grateful for the development projects of Baptist World Aid, whereby the constituency of the BWA joins in practical ways to meet health and education needs in many countries. We are also grateful for the development work of the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations University.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1982 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1982), p. 71.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1982.4 Health and Education; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1982.4).