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BPFNA Friendship Tour to Tijuana

January 20, 2012 | BPFNA Program Director LeDayne McLeese Polaski will lead a Friendship Tour to Tijuana, Mexico from January 21-29, 2012. The group requests your prayers for safe travels and a successful trip, in which they hope to gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues and to develop new and lasting relationships. Read more »

BPFNA Friendship Tour to Burma/Myanmar & Thailand

January 17, 2012 | The BPFNA requests prayers for members going to Burma/Myanmar and Thailand for a Friendship Tour from January 18 to February 3, 2012. Julie Warner leads the tour, and fellow travelers include Kay Cheves, Carol Day and Carine Donze.The purpose of the Friendship Tour is to strengthen existing relationships and create new ones by meeting with Baptist leaders and congregations in these countries. This trip is designed to inform participants about Baptists in Burma and encourage individuals to form lasting relationships, and provide Baptists in Burma with a continuing link to Baptists in North America. Read more »

Martin Luther King, Jr Day - January 16

January 11, 2012 | I gradually gained a bit of satisfaction from being considered an extremist. Was not Jesus an extremist in love--"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you." Was not Amos an extremist for justice--"Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." Was not Paul an extremist for the gospel of Jesus Christ--"I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." ... So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or will we be extremists for love?ñMartin L. King, Jr.Letter From Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963) Read more »

BPFNA Board Meets in Seattle

October 30, 2011 | The Board of Directors of the BPFNA met Oct. 27-29 at University Baptist Church and First Baptist Church in Seattle. Volunteer board members come from across North America and serve three-year terms, with focused work on specialized committees that help guide the programmatic and administrative work of the BPFNA. This was the first meeting for the board members elected this past spring. Read more »

Repairing the Torn Places: Conflict Transformation in Liberia

October 26, 2011 | After 14-hours on the plane, I landed in Liberia. Along with my co-facilitator Virgil Nelson and his wife, Lynn, I was prepared to lead several 2-day Conflict Transformation (CT) trainings with Baptist pastors and lay leaders. I was not prepared for the heat and the noise that greeted us as we walked out of the airport in Monrovia. Read more »

Conflict Transformation Training in Liberia

September 16, 2011 | Evelyn Hanneman, BPFNA\'s Operations Coordinator, is in Liberia with Lynn and Virgil Nelson (BPFNA members and former ABC-USA missionaries) to facilitate two weeks of Conflict Transformation trainings ahead of the October 2011 national elections there. Evelyn\'s posts from the trip are presented in this online diary. Read more »

Peace Convocation to Inspire Prayer for 21 September

August 25, 2011 | Each year on 21 September the World Council of Churches calls churches and parishes to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace. This year the WCC is asking the 1,000 people who attended the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Kingston in May 2011 to offer a prayer for peace as a follow-up to that important event. Read more »

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