Churchnet December 2016 - Page 4

World Missions Offering

Each year during the Christmas season we receive a World Missions Offering. Churchnet promotes this offering to support the work of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) and its relief arm, BWAid. The Baptist World Alliance is a fellowship of 228 conventions and unions in 121 countries and territories comprising 42 million members in 177,000 churches. The BWA remains committed to 1) Promoting worship, fellowship, and unity, 2) Nurturing the passion for missions and evangelism, 3) Responding to human need through relief and sustainable community development, 4) Defending human rights

and justice, and 5) Promoting relevant theological reflection. The BWA unites Baptists worldwide, leads in evangelism, responds to people in need, and defends human rights. Churchnet is a member body of the BWA.

BWAid is the relief and development arm of the BWA. BWAid was formed to provide aid following World War I. Over the years it has provided disaster relief, development aid, training, and networking. From its beginning BWAid relief has been for all who are in need, regardless of race or religion. BWAid

has been collecting information on needs around the world, sharing these

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