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BWA World Congress Resolution 1980.5

Realizing that many of the world’s peoples are threatened by starvation caused by famine, war, and natural disaster, we recognize the gospel mandate for Christian people to be involved in meeting this urgent human need, and, therefore,

We encourage mission agencies and related church bodies to assist peoples to increase food production and to engage in teaching good nutrition, particularly where people are undernourished.

We appeal to the nations of the world to expedite the export/import of food, seed, and fertilizer among the developing nations; to increase their budgets with greater relief and development efforts; and to continue to permit duty-free entry of relief supplies to authorized relief agents.

We encourage the United Nations and other such international agencies to continue to utilize nongovernmental organizations and church relief agencies in the distribution of food in areas of need without violation of individual conscience.

We call upon pastors and other leaders to continue to teach and to preach the special responsibility of those who have to reduce their personal consumption, to share, and to pray, so that more of the limited food supply of the world will be made available to those who are hungry.


Original Source Bibliography: Bryant, Cyril E. and Burke, Ruby J., editors. Celebrating Christ’s Presence Through the Spirit: Official Report of the Fourteenth Congress, Toronto, Canada, July 8-13, 1980. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1981.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Cyril E. Bryant and Ruby J. Burke, eds., Celebrating Christ’s Presence Through the Spirit: Official Report of the Fourteenth Congress, Toronto, Canada, July 8-13, 1980 (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1981), p. 243.

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