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.

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:

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.



BWA General Council Resolution 1993.7

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe August 6-9, 1993,

CONDEMNS the deliberate use within the former Republic of Yugoslavia of “ethnic cleansing” and the systematic use of rape as a weapon of war and extends its heart-felt sympathy to the hundreds of thousands of victims;

ACKNOWLEDGES the sincerity of humanitarian relief efforts which have not been without human cost;

REGRETS profoundly the failure of the European Nations, individually and collectively, and also of the United Nations to intervene effectively;

VIEWS with alarm the interpretation of this conflict in interfaith terms with the assumption that Western nations are indifferent to the plight of Muslims in Bosnia, and

EXPRESSES opposition to any solution that rewards armed aggression, believing that such a solution establishes a dangerous precedent.


Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993.

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.7

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1993-1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1993), p. 113.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1993.7 Bosnia; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1993.7).


Resolution on Underprivileged Persons

BWA World Congress Resolution 1960.3

We believe that all people of the world have one Father and that one God has created us all and that it is God’s will that all of His people should share in the conditions that provide for freedom, self- determination, technical knowledge, and the materials necessary to the life of persons whom God has created to fulfil His purposes. Therefore:

1. We urge the people who have received these conditions in trust from previous generations to share them with people who today are aspiring to them.

2. We commend to all Baptist churches the Relief Committee of the Baptist World Alliance and plead for continued support of its ministries in the name of Christ.

3. We commend those governments that have supported the purposes of World Refugee Year and urge them to continue in their efforts toward the solution of the refugee problem.


Original Source Bibliography: Ohrn, Arnold T, editor. Tenth Baptist World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 26-July 3, 1960. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1961.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Arnold T. Ohrn, ed., Tenth Baptist World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 26-July 3, 1960 (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1966), p. 301.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1960.3 Resolution on Underprivileged Persons; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1960.3).