Southern Africa

Southern Africa

BWA General Council Resolution 1992.7

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-12, 1992;

MINDFUL of the meetings of the General Council and the 12th Baptist Youth World Conference set for Zimbabwe in August, 1993;

CALLS for urgent recognition that southern Africa is presently in the grip of the worst drought in living memory with much of Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique having received no rainfall for over three years, thus placing millions of God’s children at risk of imminent starvation and death;

ACKNOWLEDGES that:

• Internal instability and endemic violence in many countries of the region aggravate an already desperate situation;

• The International Monetary Fund’s demands to secure repayment of external debt, diverting production away from domestic food supply, heightens distress;

IS CONCERNED that the global community does not neglect this massive disaster; and,

URGES members of the Baptist family world-wide, most particularly those who enjoy abundance, to heed the Biblical command to share our bread with the hungry by generous and sacrificial giving through Baptist World Aid and other agencies, and with all means at our disposal to press our governments to make a swift and sufficient response to the cry of our sisters and brothers who even now prepare to welcome us to their land.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992), p. 174.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1992.7 Southern Africa; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1992.7).

Southern Africa

Carribean

BWA General Council Resolution 1992.6

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-12, 1992:

SURROUNDED by the beauty of this part of God’s creation and conscious of the lively heritage of its diverse peoples;

ECHOING the grave concern of the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship for the present economic and sociopolitical realities of the region;

NOTES in particular and with great sorrow —

(1) a growing lack of confidence in the credibility of political leaders, resulting in widespread instability and anxiety,

(2) a desperate struggle for economic survival, with runaway inflation, high unemployment and chronic poverty,

(3) escalating rates of violent crime,

(4) the flight of capital and skills through migration,

(5) rapidly accelerating environmental degradation,

(6) the heavy burdens placed on the poor of both Haiti and Cuba by present trade embargoes,

(7) The implications for all territories in the region of the failure to resolve the tragic crisis in

Haiti, especially with respect of the demands made by the increasing exodus of refugees;

EXPRESSES our practical and loving support for Baptist sisters and brothers and all who seek to incarnate and proclaim the gospel in the midst of such turmoil;

URGES, in the spirit of merciful compassion, the speedy removal of economic sanctions which impact leaders marginally, while devastating the population at large;

CALLS UPON the governments in the Caribbean, as a matter of urgency, to further recent moves towards regional cooperation, enabling a coordinate response to the crises enumerated; and,

SUMMONS Baptists worldwide to call upon the Lord of the exodus to hear again the cries of His suffering people and to deliver them to a free and just future.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992), pp. 173-174.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1992.6 Caribbean; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1992.6).

Southern Africa

Resolution on Haiti

BWA General Council Resolution 2013.8

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, July 1-6, 2013:

ACKNOWLEDGES that the Republic of Haiti was the first, and for a long time, the only state in the world to recognize equality of rights for all human beings regardless of gender, economic condition or any other consideration;

LAMENTS that the country was weakened by the trade embargo imposed by major world powers and by France’s demand of an indemnity of 150,000,000 gold francs in exchange for recognition of Haitian independence;

REGRETS that the people of Haiti have suffered much since their declaration of independence and their simultaneous abolition of slavery within their land;

NOTES that frequent natural disasters have adversely affected the nation’s welfare and, since the earthquake of January 12, 2010, world attention has been drawn to the plight of the Haitian people, many of whom are unemployed and suffering and their land and environment are degraded by decades of over- exploitation.

GIVES THANKS FOR the support given by the international community and the Christian World Communions in response to the earthquake;

JOINS the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship in encouraging members of churches of the Caribbean Diaspora, especially those of Haitian origin, to lobby their governments in order to alleviate the stress stringent regulations, such as visa restrictions, place on the Haitian people; and

CALLS UPON Baptists to maintain advocacy for the alleviation of the suffering of the Haitian people.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2013 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2013), p. 143.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2013.8 Haiti; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2013.8).