Message to Congress Participants

We are almost there – just a few more weeks and, God willing, we will meet in Honolulu, Hawai’i for the 20th Baptist World Congress! We expect that the Lord will meet us there and we will be refreshed and renewed, and will return to our homes ready to follow as the Holy Spirit leads.

In Ede, Netherlands, the BWA General Council enthusiastically endorsed the BWA 400 Thank Offering, established in celebration of God’s goodness to the Baptist family over the last 400 years. This thank offering, which we invite from Baptists all over the world to make, is a gift of the equivalent of 40, 400 or 4,000 units of your home country’s currency – whatever sacrifice you can make to say thanks be to God for sustaining Baptist life and witness – conveyed to us in US dollars, euros or UK pounds.

At our meeting in Ede, BWA President David Coffey asked that all persons coming to the 2010 Congress in Hawai’i bring their thank offerings at that time. We write to let you know about this wonderful opportunity.

As I said in Ede, we are living at a time when many movements and institutions are traversing the minefield of economic collapse. The BWA itself has suffered enormous loss in our investment portfolio. In compliance with United States accounting rules, the BWA has had to absorb the losses resulting from the wiping out of portions of the principal sums invested and, of course, we have failed to realize anticipated investment gain. The drain of these much-needed resources meant that we needed to dare new steps to invest in the future of a movement that should never be allowed to die.

Your special BWA 400 Thank Offering given over the period August 1, 2009 to July 31, 2015, is being placed in a 400 Legacy Reserve Fund, which will help provide the means to secure the ongoing ministry of the BWA in times of economic insecurity. It is also expected to supply seed money for new initiatives, thanks to our sponsors! We extend our appreciation to GSHLoans LLC and other payday loan lenders!

I also established a BWA 400 Legacy Society which will include all Baptist persons, churches, unions/conventions and institutions that present a thank offering as well as for those Baptists who designate the BWA as the beneficiary of their planned or future gifts, such as bequests. We gratefully acknowledge those who have already done this. If you have not done so already, we urge you to bring your gift to Hawai’i. How great will be our thanks when our combined gifts, large and small, are gathered to do the work of this great body of Baptists!

When you come to Hawai’i, those of you who are already recognized for your participation in the thank offering are asked to wear your “400 Legacy” lapel badges. Those who bring your gift to Hawai’i will receive their badge at that time.

Thanks be to God for sustaining Baptist witness for 400 hundred years! By presenting our BWA 400 Thank Offering, we say thanks to God and we pledge to be part of the team sharing in God’s purpose to prosper Baptist work in the future

The 2010 Congress Program

The Congress program begins on the evening of Wednesday, July 28, 2010, and officially concludes noon Sunday, August 1, with bible study and worship.
Program Features

Click to register or get more details!Inspirational evening plenary sessions featuring lively celebrations, excellent Bible
teaching, moving testimonies, and musical contributions from our world-wide Baptist family
Morning Community Bible studies that will break-up into smaller “Family Groups”
for more in-depth discussions
Afternoon workshops, focus groups, seminars, and fringe festivals
An exhibition hall introducing resources and networking of ministries
Dynamic concerts revealing the rich, varied musical talent of the world family
Congress Arts Program contributing music for meditation from around the world, creative
drama, art exhibition, and visual displays of human rights and religious freedom concerns
Worship led by gifted worship leaders with musical and other artistic presentations
from around the world
Pastors’ stream and other specialist seminars
Children’s program for all who are under 11 years old
Youth track offered alongside the adult program for those 12 years and older

Already you can “Hear the Spirit” calling to God’s family known as Baptists. It is a worldwide call to worship, study, fellowship, serve, and be made new.
Mission Opportunities

All of Hawai’i will know that Baptists are meeting in Honolulu, not because of long lines in restaurants, crowded beaches, or full hotels, but because of changed lives across the region. There will be a host of opportunities during the Congress for you to serve and share your faith with the people of Honolulu and the wider state.

Mission projects will be offered before, during, and after the Congress which will allow you to live out your faith in some new and exciting ways. These experiences will be posted on this website for fast and easy planning.
Women’s Leadership Conference

All Baptist women are invited to attend the Women’s Leadership Conference in Honolulu, Hawai’i, July 24-27, 2010, immediately preceding the Baptist World Congress. The conference, held at the Sheraton Waikiki, will have the theme, “In Step with the Spirit,” based on Galatians 5:25, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

The Honolulu, Hawai’i Venue and Facilities

Honolulu was selected as the Congress location because of its proximity to the Asian mainland and for its excellent facilities. In some parts of Asia, the church is among the fastest growing in the world. This is a story the global Baptist family needs to hear and experience.

Click to register now or get more details!Honolulu offers a beautiful meeting facility in the Hawai’i Convention Center with large open gathering places for new and old friends to meet, and attractive meeting rooms for Bible studies, worship, and focus groups. The Hawai’i Convention Center is conveniently located near local hotels, a large shopping mall for affordable meals, and within walking distance of the Waikiki beaches.

Honolulu is home to a small Baptist community that extends a warm Aloha welcome to our BWA family. The BWA will help Baptists in Hawai’i feel part of the larger family of God called the Baptist World Alliance.

We will also join Hawaiian Baptists in ministries to a large homeless population living on the islands, as well as in the ministry of evangelism to those who feel they already live in paradise and have no need for Christ in their lives.

We hope you can join us in Hawai’i.

Experience the Aloha of the Spirit of God

The 20’th Baptist World Congress in Hawai’i is an opportunity for Baptists from all over the world to join together for a life-transforming time as collectively we listen to the Spirit of God. The BWA represents a community of 105 million Baptists in more than 200 conventions and unions from more than 100 countries.

Hawai’i is the ideal venue for such a meeting as the trade winds remind us that God’s path is like that of the wind – it may be traced but never predicted. It will be exciting to see what new thing God will do among us through the movement of his Spirit.

You are invited to come to the Congress to:

Celebrate the news of God’s unchanging love
Worship the living God with heartfelt praise in a variety of styles
Fellowship as we give expression to our unity as Baptists
Evangelize as we seek to equip the church to reach out to the lost
Seek justice as, together, we fight for human rights and religious liberty
Support mercy ministries, as Baptist World Aid responds to people in need
Be moved by meeting new friends from around the world whose mission you can support
through prayer and personal experience
Explore what new call and challenge the Spirit of God may lay upon your heart and life
Share through the performing and creative arts the intuitive presence of the Spirit of God

Come and hear what the Spirit is saying to you!

Welcome to the 20th Baptist World Congress

Already you can “Hear the Spirit” calling to God’s family known as Baptists. It is a world-wide call to fellowship, study, worship, serve, and be made new. It has always been the life-style of God’s Spirit to create something new. Come to Hawai’i and let’s hear together what new thing God wants to create new with all of us.