WEA General Assembly in Jakarta

WEA General Assembly in Jakarta

11 November 2019

WEA General Assembly in Indonesia Kicks Off with Colorful Opening Ceremony

Jakarta, Indonesia - November 8, 2019

The World Evangelical Alliance’s (WEA) General Assembly (GA) started off with a colorful opening ceremony that saw 800 participants from 92 countries joined by several thousand Indonesian believers from across the country. The GA brings together WEA’s constituency of regional and national Alliances that represent local churches in their respective countries, and more than one hundred affiliated international ministries and organizations. It is a global network that spans 130 nations and serves some 600 million evangelicals around the world, making it the second largest global Christian body today.

Held at the Sentul International Conference Center south of Jakarta, Indonesia from November 7-12, the GA is the first global gathering of such scale hosted by the WEA in eleven years. The theme “Your Kingdom Come” inspired by Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6 expresses the hope for the GA to be a critical moment for evangelicals to come together to reflect and strategize how to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission “to disciple all nations” by focusing on intentional, holistic disciple-making.

“Evangelicals are the fastest growing religious movement in the world in the last sixty years. And we want to thank God for what he is doing,” Bp Efraim Tendero, Secretary General of the WEA stated in his opening remarks at the ceremony, and added: “As we gather for the next six days, we have the passion and desire to cry out to God, that as evangelical leaders, we all work together to advance the Kingdom of God in our time.”

Speaking of the host country, Bp Tendero commented: “We have carefully chosen Indonesia to be the hosts of our General Assembly because this is the country that has the largest Muslim population in the world, but there is also religious tolerance and harmony. And in Indonesia, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is continuing to flourish and is having an impact in the society.”

Rev. Dr. Ronny Mandang, Chair of WEA’s national member body the Fellowship of Indonesian Evangelical Churches and Institutions (FIECI), expressed his deep gratitude that this global gathering could take place in his nation, saying “we have been praying and crying for this moment and now I’m standing here, looking at all these international leaders who are united and have Jesus Christ as our Lord. This moment is truly a blessing to us.”

The opening ceremony included cultural performances with video presentations and 150 dancers and artists introducing each region of Indonesia. As a nation of “joy, peace and harmony” and a model of “unity in diversity”, Indonesia brings together thousands of tribes with hundreds of different languages in a population of over 270 million. It is also a country of vibrant faith that hosted global Christian events like the World Prayer Assembly among many others.

astor Dr Niko Njotorahardjo, a major Christian church leader in Indonesia and partner in hosting the GA, shared in an address that “the WEA GA in this place is not by accident; I firmly believe it is the specific purpose of God.” And added: “Jesus gave us His Great Commission... My friends, don't forget God wants all of us to be disciples of Jesus. Disciples are the people whose lifestyles resemble how Jesus lived.”

The WEA GA will continue through Tuesday, November 12, with plenaries, discussions and workshops that aim to equip participants to strengthen their collaborative efforts in the area of intentional disciple-making. It will also include the election of a new International Council and a presentation on organizational priorities for the coming years.

Follow @WEAGA2019 and #jakarta2019 to stay up-to-date with developments at the WEA GA.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Timothy K. Goropevsek
Chief Communications Officer
timothyg@worldea.org
+1 212.233.3046


Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to establish and strengthen regional and national Evangelical Alliances, who in turn enable their national Church to advance the Good News of Jesus Christ and effect personal and community transformation for the glory of God. For more info, e-mail wea@worldea.org or go to Worldea.org.

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World Water Day – Leaving no-one behind

World Water Day – Leaving no-one behind

2 December 2019

The theme for World Water Day 2019 was ‘Leaving no one behind’. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behindWe know that water is a precious resource. But when you can just turn on the tap it's so easy to take it for granted.

Today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. 

Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

‘Safe water’ is shorthand for a ‘safely managed drinking water service’: water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed, and free from contamination.

Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. Access to water underpins public health and is therefore critical to sustainable development and a stable and prosperous world. We cannot move forward as a global society while so many people are living without safe water.

In 2010, the UN recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

The human right to water entitles everyone, without discrimination, to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use; which includes water for drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation, and personal and household hygiene.

People are left behind without safe water for many different reasons. The following are some of the ‘grounds for discrimination’ that cause certain people to be particularly disadvantaged when it comes to accessing water:

  • Sex and gender
  • Race, ethnicity, religion, birth, caste, language, and nationality
  • Disability, age and health status
  • Property, tenure, residence, economic and social status
  • Other factors, such as environmental degradation, climate change, population growth, conflict, forced displacement and migration flows can also disproportionately affect marginalized groups through impacts on water.

To ‘leave no one behind’, we must focus our efforts towards including people who have been marginalized or ignored. Water services must meet the needs of marginalized groups and their voices must be heard in decision-making processes. Regulatory and legal frameworks must recognise the right to water for all people, and sufficient funding must be fairly and effectively targeted at those who need it most.

Find out more here.

Compassion UK shared 30 striking water photos that make us think twice about wasting water. Here’s a valuable insight into how those living in the world’s poorest communities battle to access clean water and safe sanitation. Click here to view the images.

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Venezuelan Displacement Crisis

Venezuelan Displacement Crisis

3 December 2019

It is estimated that 4.5 million Venezuelans have now left their country, fleeing a profound economic and political crisis. The UN predicts that by the end of 2019 this figure will reach 5.3 million, and by 2020 to around 8 million. This crisis would then be the largest forced migration crisis in the world. Columbia is hosting the largest number of Venezuelans – currently more than 1 million ...

Eight Integral Members are involved in this crisis, either operationally or providing funding support and medicines (see this infographic for details). Although an Integral alert has not yet been raised for this crisis, Integral is facilitating sharing information across the alliance. This raises awareness of urgent humanitarian needs, as well as increasing prayer and possible funding support for Members with work on the ground.  Integral collaboration for this crisis also includes sharing photos and stories for fundraising appeals.

Betsy Baldwin, Director of Humanitarian Response at Medical Teams International, comments,“Despite the lack of refugee status, this is becoming one of the biggest forced migration crises in the world. As the region struggles to manage this additional burden, additional restrictions on movement are being put in place by a number of States. This impacts on Colombia primarily, which continues to host the lion’s share of the displaced population. As expected, despite the government’s best efforts, this is placing huge strain on basic services and tensions are rising between the host community and migrants.”

She continues, “Furthermore, this crisis has not really reached a tipping point as a high profile humanitarian crisis, despite displacement numbers being just lower than the number displaced from Syria. So funding is low, and the coordination of the country specific and regional response is weak.”

Klaas-Jan Baas, Corporate Communication Coordinator with one of our Dutch Members, ZOA, says, “This crisis is getting worse every day in two ways - people continue to flee the deepening crisis in Venezuela and the problems for the refugee-receiving countries are therefore growing. At the same time, there is very little media attention which makes fundraising very challenging indeed. A lot of funding is still needed. UNHCR communicated last week that only 52% of all NGO projects have received proper funding.”

He continues, “Integral Members in Colombia are doing a great job - where it is possible we are working together and are complementing each other’s strengths.”

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For more information about understanding the Venezuelan Refugee Crisis please see here
Sources for statistics: here and here

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Solidarity with Burkino Faso – WEA

Solidarity with Burkino Faso - WEA

4 December 2019

WEA Expresses Solidarity with Christians in Burkina Faso amid Increasing Violence, Joins Call for Prayers for Peace
Deerfield, IL - December 3, 2019 The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) mourns the killing of pastors and other innocent civilians in recent targeted attacks in Burkina Faso and joins the Federation of Evangelical Churches and Missions (FEME), WEA’s national member body, in their call for prayer and support from churches and believers around the world. “We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Burkina Faso and pray for those who have lost their pastors and loved ones in the recent violence that has increasingly targeted Christians,” said Bp Efraim Tendero, Secretary General and CEO of the WEA. “Please join us in prayer for lasting peace and that the underlying issues that give rise to terrorism in the region can be addressed and resolved. And pray for the believers to stand strong in their faith in Christ, so they can be a shining light of hope that overcomes the darkness of evil and despair.” In a statement released today, Pastor Henri Ye, President of FEME, commented on the most recent attacks that took place this past Sunday, saying: “Once again, our values of tolerance, forgiveness and love were violated. The freedom of worship enshrined in our Basic Law has been trampled on. However, it is in the love of God and our neighbour, in unity and solidarity, by ridding ourselves of all spirit of fear and revenge that we will eventually overcome. May the unity of the Body of Christ and that of the whole Nation lead us to a better future!” Read the full statement on December 3, 2019 (original statement in French) The following is an extract from an earlier statement, the “Call from the Federation of Evangelical Churches and Missions (FEME) related to the security situation in Burkina Faso”: The church, a new target of terrorists The increasing terrorist attacks in the northern parts of the country have forced several churches to close their doors. Pastors and their church members have had to leave these dangerous areas to seek refuge in large towns or cities that seem to be more secure. They have been taken in by churches and families. Those who can afford it are forced to rent housing. Their numbers are increasing day by day, as are their needs: food, water, clothing, healthcare, shelter, etc. Churches and families are working hard and some are already stretched to their limits.


Burial ceremony of Christians killed in Dablo in May 2019. © FEME

Until now, terrorists had attacked symbols of the state, as well as defense and security forces. But over time, they have also attacked civilians. In recent months, they have started to target churches. For example:
  • Pastor Soré Elie de Bouloud was murdered near the town of Arbinda. He leaves behind a wife and 6 children.
  • Pastor Sawadogo R. Jean of Tasmakat was killed by armed men while returning from Gorom-Gorom. He leaves a wife and 7 children.
  • […]
By attacking churches, the terrorists have attacked the values of tolerance, forgiveness and love that have always guided our country. The freedom of worship enshrined in our laws has also been challenged. The terrorist groups are trying to weaken the values of unity, solidarity, secularism and social cohesion that are the foundations of Burkinabé society.

Attacks on churches are on the rise in Burkina Faso, especially in the northern part of the country.

Read the full statement from September 30, 2019 (original statement in French) MEDIA CONTACT: Timothy K. Goropevsek Chief Communications Officer timothyg@worldea.org +1 212.233.3046 Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to establish and strengthen regional and national Evangelical Alliances, who in turn enable their national Church to advance the Good News of Jesus Christ and effect personal and community transformation for the glory of God. For more info, e-mail wea@worldea.org or go to Worldea.org.
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