June 23, 1999

BWA breakfast a 'window on the world'
___By Mark A. Wyatt
___California Southern Baptist
___ATLANTA--Longtime Southern Baptist missions leader Alma Hunt praised the "spirit of the Baptist World Alliance" at a breakfast promoting the international organization on the final day of the 1999 Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta.
___Hunt, former executive director of Woman's Missionary Union, an SBC auxiliary, recalled attending her first BWA Congress in 1950 and each one held at five year intervals since then. She said she hopes to attend the next Congress next January in Melbourne, Australia.
___However, because she will turn 90 years of age in October, Hunt said, "I may have to break my attendance record."
___"I feel so sorry for people who ... don't even know what BWA offers, for it surely lets us see beyond our own countries and our own cultures," Hunt exclaimed.
___Hunt noted that the BWA Woman's Day of Prayer "began with the Baptist women of Europe wanting to establish relationships with women whose countries had been enemies" during World War II.
___BWA Executive Director Denton Lotz expressed hope that similar reconciliation efforts can take place in the wake of the war over Kosovo.
___Using slides and commentary, Lotz presented a "window on the world," describing the state of Baptist life in some of the 190 nations whose Baptist unions and conventions make up the BWA. He said moral relativism and religious, political, racial and economic injustice are among the problems Baptists will confront as they enter the 21st century.
___"The good news is that the challenges are not greater than the Holy Spirit gives us strength to endure, Lotz said.
___BWA President Nilson Fanini described a recent evangelistic crusade in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, in which more than 1,000 made decisions for Christ.
___Fanini, pastor of First Baptist Church of Niteroi in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, thanked Southern Baptists for their support of the BWA and their commitment to share Christ throughout the world.

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