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An update from Puerto Rico

January 7, 2020 | An update from Interim Executive Director Doris Garcia on the earthquake that hit Puerto Rico (amongst other countries) early on the morning of January 7.  Read more »

An end of year message from our Board President

December 30, 2019 | As I write to you today, I’m thankful for your sharing, your gifts, your patience, your listening, your compassion, your challenges and – maybe most of all – your prophetic vision. What you have taught me is the courage to dare to see a world where peace, equity and justice prevail. And not only see it but also work to ensure transformation moves in that direction! So when I’m asked to explain what BPFNA-Bautistas por la Paz is about, what naturally comes to my mind is the organization’s prophetic stance and transformational strategies. It’s not enough to dream and vision without a means for the journey. Nor is it enough to simply transition. The end goal is transformation from death-dealing and oppression to that of life-giving and purpose. Prophet Isaiah helps us see the need to go beyond laying down our swords, for we could easily pick them up again. We must transform them into cultivating tools that nourish. Read more »

Meet Our New Staff Members!

December 10, 2019 | Join us in welcoming Rubén David Bonilla Ramos as our Spanish Editor for Baptist Peacemaker and Ximena Ulloa Montemayor as our 2020 Summer Conference Coordinator! Read more »

Great Things to Give for the Holidays

November 6, 2019 | Every dollar you spend is a vote for the world you want to live in. Why give a tie or a candle to someone who already has more than they need? Why not make your gifts benefit people who could really use them? You work for peace rooted in justice! Shouldn’t your gift-giving do the same? Here are some gift-giving ideas for lovers of peace and justice. We’ve focused on grassroots efforts led by people we know so that you can be positive that your gift will matter and will be used wisely and well. Read more »

My memories of the Global Baptist Peace Conference 2019 in Cali, Colombia

My memories of the Global Baptist Peace Conference 2019 in Cali, Colombia

August 19, 2019 | My attendance at the Global Baptist Peace Conference in Cali was prepared with enthusiasm. My 16-year-old son, Carlos David, whom I had promised to take with me, was very excited. How could he not be?! For him it would be his first plane trip and the first time he would leave Mexico. During the flight my son was continuously tracking our path through each Central American countries on the small screen in front of his seat. He would occasionally direct his gaze toward the window in case there was a possibility of a glimpse of a little bit of land. After all, glimpsing Central and South American was for him a view of a new world, and arriving to Bogotá the beginning of new and exciting experiences. Read more »

New board members and officers announced for the 2019-2020 term!

New board members and officers announced for the 2019-2020 term!

August 7, 2019 | BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz is pleased to welcome three new members to our board of directors: Jason Smith (Arkadelphia, AR), Karen Turner (Toronto, ON) and Roxanna Wright (Philadelphia, PA). Voted on and approved by the BPFNA membership, all three will begin their terms at the Fall 2019 board meeting in September. We also welcome Isai Altamirano (Mexico City, Mexico) as our newest Youth and Young Adult representative. These representatives are nominated and elected by the youth and young adults present at the BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz annual Summer Conference. Read more »

An Important Update from BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz

August 7, 2019 | At the beginning of June 2019, an HVAC unit on the floor above ours busted, which flooded our office and hallway and resulted in serious water damage. We began working with our host church to repair the damage, and were hoping to be back in our location by the time we returned from the Global Baptist Peace Conference at the end of July or early August. As it turns out, they found more structural damage than originally expected, which will take months to repair. We are not sure if we will be back in our physical office before the end of the year. Staff who work in the Charlotte office met earlier this week to devise a working plan to ensure everything will run as smoothly as possible while construction is taking place. If you have tried to call the office and cannot get through, we apologize for the inconvenience and are working on getting call forwarding in place as soon as possible. In the meantime, it is best to contact BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz staff by email. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we deal with this issue. Read more »

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