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Haiti Haitian Baptist Leader Kidnapped, Released Unharmed Emmanuel Pierre, general secretary of


the Baptist Convention of Haiti (BCH), was kidnapped in the wee hours of Thursday, September 22, in Cap-Haïtien, the second largest city in Haiti, and the city where the convention offi ces are located. He was released unharmed later in the day. Several armed men reportedly broke into his home and took the Haitian Baptist leader by force, and demanded a ransom for his release.


Gedeon Eugene, president of the convention, negotiated with the kidnappers and told the Baptist World Alliance that Haitians prayed for the speedy and safe release of the Haitian Baptist leader. While Pierre was being held, BWA General Secretary Neville Callam assured Haitian Baptists of the prayers of Baptists around the world for the safe return of Pierre to his family and friends. Pierre was released at approximately 5:00 p.m. on September 22. No ransom was paid. “We are glad to inform you that Rev. Emmanuel Pierre was safely released,” Joel Dorsinville, coordinator for disaster relief for the BCH, told the BWA. “He is now back home with his family. Thank you all for your support in prayers.” “We do praise the Lord. Let us continue to pray for him and his family,” said Jules Casseus, president of the Northern Haiti Christian University, which is owned by the BCH. “It is with joy that we receive news that Emmanuel has returned safely to his


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family,” Callam said. “We thank God for God’s grace and protection upon our brother and express appreciation to Baptists around the world who prayed along with our Baptist brothers and sisters in Haiti.” “We join with family, friends and the Baptist community in celebrating the safe release of the Rev. Emmanuel Pierre,” wrote secretary for the Caribbean and executive secretary/treasurer Baptist Fellowship.


Everton Jackson, BWA regional for the Caribbean  Emmanuel Pierre


The Indonesian Baptist Alliance (IBA), comprising eight Baptist groups in the Southeast Asian country, including a number of Baptist World Alliance member bodies, held its 5th Congress in Sorong, West Papua, from September 21-25, 2011. Papua, unlike most other areas in Indonesia, is 60 percent Christian, with Baptists being the second largest Christian group in the province. Indonesia, the most populous Islamic country in the world with a total of 237 million people, is more than 87 percent Muslim. IBA describes itself as “a national stream of Baptists which is registered and offi cially accepted by the government of the Republic of Indonesia. Our Baptist churches (more than 1,000 churches) are located all over Indonesia, from west to the east, from Aceh to Papua.”


Activities held at the congress included revival meetings; workshops for pastors, youth, men, women, children and professionals; public seminars; a cultural festival; and a special World Day of Prayer session.


Subjects covered in the various sessions included confl ict resolution, HIV/AIDS, the Christian family, Christianity in Indonesia, and globalization. Participants included Patsy Davis, executive director of the BWA Women’s Department; Bonny Resu, BWA regional secretary for Asia and general secretary of the Asia Pacifi c Baptist Federation; and Julie Belding, president of the Baptist Women’s Union of the South West Pacifi c. Davis led sessions based on the book I’m a Woman…Created in the Image of God during which she spoke on the special


The group of 500 women who celebrated the Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer during the 5th Congress of the Indonesian Baptist Alliance in Sarong, in September place that women hold in relation to God, having been created in God’s image and likeness. Resu was keynote speaker at the opening session of the congress where approximately 2,200 were in attendance. A new team of leaders for the IBA was elected to serve until 2014. Perinus Kogoya of the Papua Baptist Churches Fellowship was elected president; Guntur Subagyo of the Union of Indonesian Baptist Churches (UIBC), director; Johni Mardisantosa of the UIBC, secretary; and JM Raso of the Independent Baptist Churches was elected treasurer.


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