BWA Hosts “Beyond the Headlines” Service

Virtual Global Gathering Focused on Baptists in Critical Need
Baptist World Alliance Logo


(FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA – October 21, 2021)

In conjunction with the 2021 Baptist World Alliance (BWA) Virtual General Council this week, the BWA hosted a virtual worship gathering entitled “Beyond the Headlines.” Acknowledging that Baptists around the world are facing challenges that often are not fully reported in the news, the worship gathering featured firsthand ministry updates from communities in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Myanmar, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuela.

“As the people of God and members of the global Baptist family, we have a shared calling to impact the world for Christ,” said Merritt Johnston, BWA Director of Communications and Media. “Listening to the stories of these faithful men and women of God encourages us, convicts us, and helps us learn how we can stand together to make a difference at this crucial time.”

The gathering featured segments focused on global ministry responses in each of the BWA’s five core ministry areas of worship, fellowship, and unity; mission and evangelism; aid, relief, and community development; religious freedom, human rights, and justice; and theological reflection and transformational leadership. In response to the significant needs around the world, Baptists worldwide were called upon to pray and to give as able.

“When you give to the BWA, your gifts are multiplied beyond the headlines,” shared BWA General Secretary Elijah Brown. “Through your prayer support and faithful giving, you are standing with the persecuted. You are helping the Gospel be shared and working to reverse war and violence around the world. Your partnership is multiplied in areas of worship, prayer, evangelism, pastoral training, aid, and justice. Together we are making a difference.”

The service concluded with a global medley of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” – a poignant reminder of the care and compassion of God for all nations.


世界浸礼会联盟成立于1905年,是一个由126个国家和地区的241个大会和联盟组成的联盟,由169 000个教会的4 700万受洗信徒组成。100多年来,世界浸礼会联盟将浸礼会大家庭联系在一起,为基督影响世界,致力于加强敬拜、团契和团结;领导宣教和传福音;通过援助、救济和社区发展对有需要的人作出回应;捍卫宗教自由、人权和正义;推动神学思考和领导力发展。

J.Merritt Johnston