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A Festival of Giving

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In a matter of days, several thousand Baptists will converge on Durban, South Africa, for the 21st Baptist World Congress. Participants will experience the joy of giving and receiving as we encounter each other with the riches of our unique experiences that are filtered through the lenses of our common commitment to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus. From the experience of sharing with each other, we expect to develop a more mature awareness of the ways in which God blesses and challenges us for faithful discipleship.

Over the years, BWA keeps searching for ways to encourage sharing among Baptists worldwide. One of these is through our financial gifts to fund a ministry, on behalf of all Baptists, that reaches out to encourage and support the commitment to proclaim and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit before a lost and hurting world.

In responding to emerging trends in the churches, BWA offers flexible giving platforms and channels that more and more donors are utilizing.

The widest giving category is the BWA General Fund into which faithful Baptists contribute to the overall ministry of the organization. It is this fund that allows programs of the BWA to be developed, administered and reviewed.

Donors are able to designate their contribution to particular BWA ministries. These include the main ministry areas: Mission and Evangelism, Freedom and Justice, and Relief and Development. Donors may designate their contribution to Scholarship Assistance that allows BWA to offer some persons from the Global South and beyond an opportunity to attend and participate in BWA events, such as the congress and the Annual Gathering. Another option is to contribute to the BWA Building Upkeep Fund.

Every month, individuals, churches, conventions and unions write to tell us that the Lord is leading them to include the BWA in their budget. Monthly giving is an unfailing source of encouragement to the BWA staff and an indispensable part of BWA funding.

Increasingly, some donors are choosing to send us their contribution online through the Give portal on the BWA website – www.bwanet.org/give. In addition, links on Facebook and other social media pages allow donors to contribute to BWA, with an option to identify clearly where they wish their gifts, as good stewards, to be applied. On the BWA mobile app, another giving platform allows giving choices in preset donation amounts. In addition, through TinyGive, followers of BWA’s Twitter account can “tweet” a gift to the BWA.

In recent years we have begun utilizing passive online giving channels, such as Goodsearch and Goodshop, to receive funds from donors when responsibly browsing the Internet or making necessary online purchases. Donors who utilize AmazonSmile – www.smile.amazon.com – and select the BWA as their preferred charity, will enable BWA to receive from Amazon.com a percentage of the price of eligible purchases. If many Baptists access these avenues, they can positively impact BWA’s ministry.

BWA donors also have the option to participate in a broad charitable campaign, called GivingTuesday. This annual day of giving has become a worldwide effort undertaken at the start of the December giving season. Online giving and matched giving to BWA through GivingTuesday has increased significantly over the last two years.

The opportunity to share these ways of contributing to the BWA cause fills us with joy. In providing you with this information, what we are actually doing is opening doors for you to increase your faithfulness to the one whom we declare our Lord.

There are so many ways in which we give to the cause of Christ. The Holy Spirit enables us to present our lives, our endowments, and to donate funds for the spread of the Gospel. We will celebrate this wonderful privilege this year when we meet at the congress in Durban.

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Neville George Callam, a Jamaican, has been serving as general secretary and chief executive officer of the Baptist World Alliance since his election in Accra, Ghana in 2007.

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    Edward Dima Leju Modi Tuesday, 01 September 2015

    Thank you for sharing this report and my prayers are right with you at BWA giving festive . I pray for the next general council in Vancouver Canada. I need you to pray for the Baptist convention in South Sudan and the political difficulties my country is going through. Thank you. Pastor Edward Dima Leju, the president of Baptist convention of South Sudan

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    Peter Mugabi Thursday, 16 July 2015

    Greetings my Brother Dr Neville, i have read carefully through your article " A festival of Giving". I want to appreciate the pertinent and most critical issue you have raised in your submission and am very encouraged. Its my prayer as many of us read this we will be practical and positively respond to it. I appreciate your concerned to us in the globe south who have many challenges just like you out there. I have among many of my brothers and sisters failed to make it just down here to South Africa for this 21st Congress because of funds. We didn't know how and where we would make our appeals. We however hope to do our best in the next congress 2020. The encouragement of Stewardship is one that we need to nurture more and the GivingTuesday (December) is one that has excited me and we hope we could try to participate as well. Thanks and God bless you. Rev Peter Mugabi General Secretary Baptist Union of Uganda

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