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BWA expresses support and asks for help for Mitch victims


WASHINGTON (BP)–The Baptist World Alliance has expressed its love, support and encouragement to Baptist leaders in Central America in the wake of Hurricane Mitch’s destruction and has called on Baptists around the world to pray and generously support Baptists in those affected countries with help in rebuilding their homes, churches, schools and infrastructure.
The President of the BWA, Nilson Fanini of Brazil and the General Secretary Denton Lotz told Baptist leaders in Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua that Baptists of the world “have joined the chorus of millions of people,” in praying for the suffering people of their countries.
“We have watched in horror while whole villages have been wiped out, housands have been killed, countless thousands remain homeless, while others go hungry with no hope and future and the BWA joins Christians and men and women of goodwill around the world in expressing our love for you,” they said.
Baptist World Aid, the relief and development arm of the BWA has already sent funds to Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador and is appealing for more help.
The BWA leaders have asked the worldwide Baptist community to support BWAid and “to open not only their hearts, but their wallets, pocketbooks and all of their possessions,” to support Baptists in the affected countries to rebuild their homes, churches, schools and infrastructure.
“As we join you in trying to meet the physical needs of your people, we pray also that the spiritual strength of our loving and comforting Saviour will be manifested among your people.”