Baptist World Aid and the Micah Challenge

Baptist World Aid and the Micah Challenge

BWA General Council Resolution 2004.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Seoul, South Korea, July 28-31, 2004:

COMMENDS the Micah network (Micah 6.8) in their desire to strengthen the capacity of aid and development agencies such as Baptist World Aid to make a biblically-shaped response to the needs of the poor and oppressed in line with the World Evangelical Alliance resolution of 2001 to support the UN initiative to halve current levels of world poverty by 2015;

SUPPORTS the desire of the Baptist World Aid Committee to co-operate with over 270 evangelical Christian organisations providing relief, development and social justice ministries throughout the world, to launch the Micah Challenge on Millennium Development Goals on 15 October 2004, the day of the launch of the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty;

APPLAUDS the Micah Challenge to work to see the UN Millennium Goals achieved by 2015, which include

  • addressing issues of extreme poverty and hunger,
  • achieving universal primary education for all,
  • reducing child mortality,
  • reduction of diseases such as HIV/AIDs,
  • greater gender equality,
  • protection of the environment,
  • reduction of the debt of the poorest nations,
  • greater trade justice;

ENCOURAGES the churches of the Baptist World Alliance to join with other Christians to do all we can through our unions, conventions, aid and development agencies and Baptist World Aid to join this Micah challenge with prayerful, practical action in our nations and communities;

BELIEVES Christians everywhere must be agents of hope for and with the poor, and to work with others to hold our national and global leaders accountable in securing a more just and merciful world; and,

CALLS UPON the nations of the world to take seriously the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations in the desire to halve current levels of world poverty by 2015 and upon the richest nations to take urgent action to ensure that at least 0.7% of the national GNP is used to this end.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004), pp. 86-87.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2004.3 Baptist World Aid and the Micah Challenge; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2004.3).

Baptist World Aid and the Micah Challenge

Withdrawal of the Southern Baptist Convention from the Family of the Baptist World Alliance

BWA General Council Resolution 2004.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Seoul, South Korea, July 28-31, 2004:

NOTES that the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Indianapolis in June 2004 voted to approve a recommendation from its Executive Committee to withdraw from the family of the Baptist World Alliance;

ACKNOWLEDGES with gratitude the enormous contribution made by the Southern Baptist Convention in the formation of the Baptist World Alliance 100 years ago and in the continued development and effectiveness of the Baptist World Alliance since its inception;

REGRETS the decision of the Southern Baptist Convention to withdraw from the world Baptist family resulting in loss of unity and a compromise of the worldwide testimony of all Baptists;

REJECTS the charges made by the SBC leadership and supports the efforts of the BWA officers and staff to respond to these charges;

HOPES for a future reconciliation and renewal of SBC membership; and WELCOMES those from the SBC who wish to participate in the life of the BWA.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004), p. 87.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2004.4 Withdrawal of the Southern Baptist Convention from the Family of the Baptist World Alliance; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2004.4).

Baptist World Aid and the Micah Challenge

Baptist World Aid and the Poor in God’s World

BWA General Council Resolution 2007.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering, meeting in Accra, Ghana, July 2-7, 2007:

Renews its decision made at the General Council in Seoul, Korea, 2004, to strengthen the capacity of aid and development agencies, such as Baptist World Aid, to make a biblically- shaped response to the needs of the poor and oppressed in line with the Micah Challenge campaign to support the UN initiative of 2000 on the Millennium Development Goals to halve the level of world poverty by 2015;

Applauds what progress has been made so far at the half way mark of the UN initiative through the commitment by the world community, following advocacy campaigns by the Micah Challenge and others, including

  1. more than 135 million people lifted above living on $1 a day;
  2. more than 34 million additional children attending and completing primary school;
  3. increased donor focus on HIV, and to some extent on malaria and other diseases, resulting in a reduction in tuberculosis infection rates in all regions and a ten-fold increase in distribution of insecticide-treated nets in Africa;
  4. improvement in the ratio of girls enrolled in school compared to boys, as demonstrated in South Asia where it has increased from 69 to 87 girls for 100 boys;
  5. increase in the number of women receiving assistance in childbirth in most regions;
  6. increased flows of aid to the poorest nations, with debt cancellation forming the bulk of the increased aid.

Laments and is convicted by the lack of progress towards some of the Goals to reduce poverty in God’s world, finding it totally unacceptable that:

7. 10 million children still die each year, primarily from preventable diseases;

8. 500,000 women die each year from complication in pregnancy and childbirth, with 1 in 7 women dying in some countries of Africa (e.g. Niger);

9. 90 million children still do not have access to primary school education;

10. HIV prevalence rates rose in every region of the world in 2006, and tragically, AIDS deaths in Africa roughly matched the number of new infections; water and sanitation funding, critical to public health, productivity and

11. education, is one third of the estimated $23 billion needed for the 1 billion people without these facilities;

12. the poor are the most vulnerable to the threat to environmental sustainability caused by the rise in greenhouse gas emissions and the current and projected impact of global warming;

13. the collapse of the Doha World Trade Organization negotiations has left many of the injustices in the global trade system in place, primarily affecting the poor nations.

Recognizes that an increased commitment is needed by the churches and members of the Baptist World Alliance by

1) increasing our personal and corporate financial sacrifice on behalf of the poor;

2) vigorously advocating to and lobbying our national leaders on their moral responsibility for the needs of the poor;

3) teaching a more authentic holistic Gospel to our faith communities;

4) acting as agents of hope with and for the poor, and so see that the Millennium Goals are achieved, in order that all, created in God’s image, may live life as God intended.

Calls upon the nations of the world to take seriously their commitments to the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations to halve the current level of world poverty by 2015. Further calls upon the richest nations to take urgent action to ensure that at least 0.7% of the national GNP is used to this end, and so secure a more just and merciful world.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2007 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2007.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2007 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2007), pp. 94- 96.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2007.3 Baptist World Aid and the Poor in God’s World; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2007.3).