BWA seeks relief for Indonesians struck by quake, tsunami
The Baptist World Alliance has announced an initial fundraising and relief effort for victims of an earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28.
More than 1,400 have died in the 7.5 magnitude seismic event, which generated a tsunami and was followed by a volcanic eruption on the island four days later, BWA reported.
“An estimated 70,000 persons have been left homeless and desperate as aid struggles to reach the area,” the alliance said in a fundraising appeal issued this week. “Rescue efforts are currently underway to assist those still trapped under rubble.”
Transform Aid International/Baptist World Aid Australia reported through BWA that the quake and tsunami are “shaping up to be a huge humanitarian disaster. It is believed that up to 100,000 people could be impacted by this, with huge implications for severe health risks” exacerbated by lack of food, shelter and clean water.
Those interested in contributing to relief efforts on Sulawesi may do so online or by mail at 405 N. Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046.
Peace conference registration
The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America has announced the opening of registration for its 2019 Global Baptist Peace Conference.
Titled “Peace in Our Land: Toward a World without Violence,” the event will be held July 15 to 20 at the Baptist University of Cali in Cali, Colombia.
Given the setting, BPFNA por la Paz said special recognition will be given to the accomplishments of the Colombian Peace Accord.
“We look forward to sharing and gathering with peacemakers from all around the world as we look for ways to grow, support, and encourage each other,” Ximena Ulloa Montemayor, co-manager for the 2019 conference, said in a fellowship news release.
The conference theme is designed to provide a guide for workshops, discussions and other activities during the week, the organization said.
BPFNA por la Paz has provided more information and registration opportunities online.
Church hosts summit, Vestal
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Heartland has announced it will host a leadership event for deacons and lay leaders. Daniel Vestal, former CBF executive coordinator, is the featured speaker.
“Leading with the Mind of Christ: Deacons and Lay Leaders Summit” will be held Oct. 19 to 20 at Second Baptist Church in Liberty, Missouri.
Vestal currently serves as distinguished professor of Baptist leadership and director of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Center for Baptist Leadership at Mercer University.
More information and online registration are available online.
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