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"It would be very important to have space to come together and talk about things of importance to us."

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November 13, 2017

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Donations toward our 2017 #GivingTuesday campaign will go toward providing scholarships to bring Indigenous representatives from across the Americas to our 2018 Summer Conference in Keuka Park, NY. Each week will tell a different story of an Indigenous community BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz is connected with. Ten percent of all proceeds raised will also go toward disaster relief efforts in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Click here to donate toward this campaign. Our goal is to raise at least $5,000.


Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to our 2017 #GivingTuesday campaign! We still need to raise approximately $4,000 to meet our campaign goal of $5,000 by November 28. 

This year’s campaign is very important as donations will go toward bringing Indigenous representatives from throughout the Americas to our 2018 Summer Conference in Keuka Park, NY. Especially as the theme for our 2018 conference is "De-centering Power & Privilege: Becoming the Stranger" -- and as we move together as an organization through the work of dismantling our own legacy of colonialism, white supremacy, and oppression -- it is necessary for us to provide space and resources toward empowering the voices most impacted by these toxic systems.

One group we were able to get better connected with this year at Summer Conference was the Baptist Seminary of Mexico. Several faculty and staff from the Baptist Seminary who were present at our Summer Conference are of Indigenous heritage themselves and are actively working with different Indigenous groups around Mexico City and elsewhere in Mexico.

“We work in five different states around Mexico with seven different Indigenous peoples. There are 68 language groups in Mexico and we work with seven. And there are 364 different dialects in total. The Seminary is only doing a tiny bit of the work. Just working with seven groups, and there are 68 of these. We would hope that other theological institutions would realize this and see the need and do something about it - to work alongside us with this.” ¬–Lázaro González, Zapotec

“The language of the courses and the themes have to be in accord with the needs of the communities themselves so that it can be understood by them and they can reflect upon the content to understand it in their context. This is not for the benefit of the Seminary, but for the explicit benefit of the church and community.” –Noé Trujillo, Nahuatl

“Our great hope is to create all the coursework and educational materials in these Indigenous languages. We have two linguistic purposes in our education: 1. To be able to teach Spanish to those who need to learn 2. But also that they never lose their Indigenous identity. This is a great challenge for us - to be able to create this coursework in their own languages. One of the objectives of the association of the Indigenous churches is that they’re able to practice their own languages and keep them alive. Because this is what gives them identity.” –Lázaro González, Zapotec

Wouldn’t it be great to have a larger community from the Baptist Seminary of Mexico -- and from more Indigenous communities across the Americas -- be able to also be with us in 2018 and beyond?

“It would be very important for future conferences to have space for Indigenous groups to come together and talk about things that are of importance to us. We also need to make sure that there are Indigenous participants in our camps. BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz needs more representation and participation from Indigenous peoples because, for us, it is even a question of being able to decide what it means to be ‘clothed’ better and what that looks like and how it takes place. It’s a discussion we need to have. We had the opportunity to be here with people who really need to be embraced and clothed, so we need to ask ‘What would that mean for you?’” –Sury González, Zapotec & Nahuatl

“We would love for the Indigenous people and the CICEM churches to be able to become part of BPFNA. We would love to be able to have an Indigenous sector of BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz… This theme of clothing ourselves with hope is something that speaks to us about how we clothe ourselves in our own communities and how desperate a need that is for us.” – Lázaro González, Zapotec

We hope you will consider donating to this campaign. Providing space to share resources, tactics, and experiences will help connect and empower Indigenous communities across the Americas. As an organization, we see this as an important and necessary next step in reaching across borders and boundaries to create God's peace rooted in justice. Click here to donate online or mail a donation to 300 Hawthorne Ln, Suite 205, Charlotte, NC 28204 USA.

With the help of you in the BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz community, we can make this possible.

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