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Hawaii, USA
Registration Opens for World Congress
The Baptist World Alliance has begun accepting registrations for the 20 Baptist World
Congress to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 28 to August 1, 2010.
The event, the largest global gathering of Baptists, is held every fi ve years. The 2010 congress
is expected to draw upwards of 15,000 participations from more than 100 countries.
The theme of the congress, “Hear the Spirit,” will be explored in worship celebration
events, Bible Study plenary sessions, smaller “family” Bible study groups, and in the various
focus groups where topics such as the environment, poverty, mission in secular and multi-faith
societies, and other issues will be examined.
Participants will have the opportunity to experience and share in Hawaiian culture. Rick
Lazor, chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, invites Baptists to “come and experience
our aloha spirit in the warmth of our people who come from many diverse backgrounds.”
BWA General Secretary Neville Callam encourages Baptists to come to the congress to
“join us in the common search that will yield a sharper focus, a greater dynamism and a
needed freshness in the ministry we execute on Christ’s behalf.”
The General Council, at its meeting in Prague in July, approved a budget of US$1.5 million
for the congress.
A travel and hospitality fund is being established to assist persons from some developing
or currency-restricted countries to attend the congress. Individuals may contribute to this fund
by going to the BWA website at:
Registration forms can be downloaded at:
or obtained by writing to:
Baptist World Congress
Baptist World Alliance,
405 North Washington Street
Falls Church, VA 22046, USA
Online registration will be available soon at:

Joy to the World, is now available!
For a list of national distributors, visit the BWA website at


Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief and development arm of the Baptist World
Alliance, is seeking to raise US$1.89 million for continued relief in Myanmar.
The fi gure is based on needs assessments undertaken after Myanmar was devastated
by Cyclone Nargis in early May. The storm killed more than 150,000 people, displaced
millions, and virtually wiped out the country’s staple crops.
Paul Montacute, Director of BWAid, along with Bonny Resu, BWA Regional
Secretary for Asia/Pacifi c, traveled to the Southeast Asian country in August to meet with
leaders of the Myanmar Baptist Convention (MBC) and members of Hungarian Baptist
Aid (HBAid)/BWAid Rescue24.
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