Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

BWA General Council Resolution 2008.6

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, July 20- 25, 2008;

Rejoices in the work God is doing among his people in Zimbabwe and in particular through the Baptist churches in Zimbabwe;

Affirms its continuing commitment to defend and promote the human rights of all people as set forth in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and associated instruments;

Acknowledges the God-given responsibility of national governments and of the international community to uphold human rights through appropriate nonviolent means;

Laments the recent events in Zimbabwe which have led to economic crisis, social unrest, political uncertainty, and a deterioration in human rights;

Stands in solidarity with all Zimbabweans who are experiencing suffering or despairing at this time;

Calls upon all political and military leaders and law enforcement officers in Zimbabwe to respect the democratic process, the rule of law, and the wise counsel of fellow African leaders and of the wider international community;

Applauds the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to engage in talks by the leadership of the major political parties in Zimbabwe;

Urges all those involved in these talks to be accountable to the people of Zimbabwe;

Encourages leaders within the Baptist World Alliance to seek greater understanding of the present situation in Zimbabwe and to work toward peaceful resolution of the political and economic crises;

BWA General Council Resolution 2008.6

Invites the worldwide Baptist community to pray for the peace of Zimbabwe; for the safety and security of all people there; and for effective witness to the transforming power of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008), pp. 133- 134.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2008.6 Zimbabwe; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2008.6).

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Appreciation

BWA General Council Resolution 1993.9

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

GIVES sincere thanks to the Baptists of Zimbabwe for the warmth of their welcome and the generosity of their hospitality.

COMMENDS with appreciation the Baptist Heads of Denominations and its secretary, the Rev. Noah Pashapa, for the invaluable and gracious assistance given to the BWA staff in planning and organizing this first-ever BWA gathering in Southern Africa;

EXPRESSES warm gratitude and loving thanks to our President, General Secretary, staff members, leaders of divisions, departments, committees, commissions and others whose labor behind the scenes has contributed to the successful conduct of this Council.

Citations

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.

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. 115.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1993.9 Appreciation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1993.9).

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Rwanda and Burundi

BWA General Council Resolution 1994.1

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden from 18-24 July 1994:

DEPLORES the violence and bloodshed in the nations of Burundi and Rwanda during recent months:

LAMENTS the destruction of at least half a million lives in Rwanda alone;

EXPRESSES grave concern about the welfare of millions of refugees fleeing the continuing violence in Rwanda;

RECOGNIZES the growing burden which is being placed on the nations receiving Rwandan refugees;

ACKNOWLEDGES AND AFFIRMS the inescapable biblical principle which calls all Christians to be peacemakers;

URGES the immediate peaceful intervention by members of the international community for the dual purpose of providing a substantial humanitarian response and mediating a satisfactory statement among the warring factions;

IMPLORES all nations whose arms trade or other involvements compound the problems to cease from those activities;

CALLS UPON Baptists around the world to respond by giving promptly and generously to the Africa Refugee Assistance Fund of the Baptist World Alliance with its goal of US$ 1.5 million, including $500,000 through the ministry of Baptist World Aid.

Citations

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

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994), p. 115.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1994.1 Rwanda and Burundi; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1994.1).

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Upheaval in Africa

BWA General Council Resolution 2003.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 7-12, 2003:

COMMENDS the Christian churches and missions in Africa, especially the Baptist congregations, for their commitment to the Great Commission of Matthew 28, which has resulted in some of the most vibrant and fastest growing Christian communities in the world;

APPLAUDS these committed African churches for promoting such issues as sexual abstinence for single persons and outside of monogamous marriage, opposing political corruption and advocating fair trade agreements with non-African nations;

ENCOURAGES the churches of the Baptist World Alliance to stand with the churches of Africa against the violence, corruption and political upheaval in Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Kenya, among others;

CALLS UPON the nations of the world to stand against the improper exploitation of Africa’s people and natural resources as the nations of Africa strive to overcome the continuing political and economic consequences and the attendant human suffering caused by colonialism and slavery.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2003 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2003.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2003 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2003), pp. 88-89.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2003.3 Upheaval in Africa; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2003.3).

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

BWA General Council Resolution 2008.6

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, July 20- 25, 2008;

Rejoices in the work God is doing among his people in Zimbabwe and in particular through the Baptist churches in Zimbabwe;

Affirms its continuing commitment to defend and promote the human rights of all people as set forth in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and associated instruments;

Acknowledges the God-given responsibility of national governments and of the international community to uphold human rights through appropriate nonviolent means;

Laments the recent events in Zimbabwe which have led to economic crisis, social unrest, political uncertainty, and a deterioration in human rights;

Stands in solidarity with all Zimbabweans who are experiencing suffering or despairing at this time;

Calls upon all political and military leaders and law enforcement officers in Zimbabwe to respect the democratic process, the rule of law, and the wise counsel of fellow African leaders and of the wider international community;

Applauds the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to engage in talks by the leadership of the major political parties in Zimbabwe;

Urges all those involved in these talks to be accountable to the people of Zimbabwe;

Encourages leaders within the Baptist World Alliance to seek greater understanding of the present situation in Zimbabwe and to work toward peaceful resolution of the political and economic crises;

Invites the worldwide Baptist community to pray for the peace of Zimbabwe; for the safety and security of all people there; and for effective witness to the transforming power of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2008 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2008), pp. 133- 134.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2008.6 Zimbabwe; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2008.6).