by Evelyn Hanneman
July 27, 2011
For the past three years, the BPFNA has avoided the financial woes that many small non-profits have suffered in the recession, benefitting from the generosity of two significant bequests and a challenge grant. This year is the “crunch” year – we are completely dependent on members to raise our entire $457,194 operating budget.
We need your financial support right now
to help with cash flow and keep the BPFNA working as the strong network of peace-seeking Baptists it has been for 27 years.
• Our Friendship Tours to Mexico and Burma,
• Conflict Transformation trainings in Sudan Puerto Rico, Florida, and Liberia,
• Christian/Muslim conferences in Pakistan,
• peace and justice resources,
• networking and collaborating,
• and our glorious annual Peace Camp
all reflect BPFNA’s commitment to building a culture of peace.
We need to raise $85,000 to pay our expenses for the next three months. And we can do it if you join others in making a contribution of $150 today. Or make a pledge to give $50 a month through the end of the year.
We are working hard to expand our membership base, recruit more Partner Congregations, and contact significant donors to build a solid financial foundation for the future. Your donation now will help keep the BPFNA moving forward to “build a culture of peace rooted in justice.”
As the Chair of the Fellowship of Reconciliation-Norway wrote following the recent horrific attacks there, “We don't have the necessary common understanding of how to live together peacefully. This has been one of my motivations to continue to cultivate a Culture of Peace. Now, the FOR of Norway feels really challenged to go on with our two prioritised projects; to promote the necessity of a Culture of Peace and to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.”
The media, politicians – Empire – seem focused on driving wedges between people. It is left to people of faith to lift up the call of the Prince of Peace to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” The BPFNA pledges to join with FOR-Norway in building a culture of peace in North America and around the world. Please give generously to help us clear this economic hurdle and expand the important ministry to which we are called.
–Evelyn Hanneman is BPFNA's Operations Coordinator.