NEW YORK – Millions of people around the world and in New York will “stand up” together on Sunday, Oct. 15, in an effort to set an official Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people to stand up against poverty and for the UN Millennium Development Goals.
The signature event will be held at 6 p.m. in New York’s Time Square, where the famous New Year’s Eve ball will make its first-ever non-holiday appearance to lead the crowd in standing against poverty.
Similar gatherings are planned in dozens of other countries, including Sierra Leonne, where 300,000 people are expected to “Stand Up” against poverty during church services and attend a football match in the National practice stadium for the cause. more >>
This month, thousands of people across dozens of cities worldwide will take part in the largest campaigning day for peace in Darfur since the start of the conflict, the World Evangelical Alliance has announced.
Campaigners are urging those taking part in the Global Day of Action for Darfur on Sept. 17 to call on their governments to do more to protect civilians in the troubled region of Sudan.
”From Abuja, to New York, this will be a chance for people across the globe to show that they care about Darfur,” said Jill Savitt, Campaign Director of Human Rights First, one of the organizations coordinating the events. “September 17 is going to be a day of international solidarity to bring hope to the people of Darfur.” more >>
The World Evangelical Alliance has called on its members to observe the Global Day for Darfur next month and to participate in weeklong events leading up to the day of support for Darfurians.
"We cannot save the 400,000 whom we have already lost, but we can prevent further loss of life for the millions living on the cusp of death, battling starvation and militia attacks," said Geoff Tunnicliffe, International Director of the WEA, in a statement released on Friday. "The evangelical Christian community worldwide must show its compassion and demonstrate its faith by responding to this crisis."
The WEA head was among several prominent Christian leaders invited to speak at the Save Darfur Rally at Washingtons National Mall in April alongside other religious leaders, human rights activists, politicians, athletes and actors. more >>
The World Evangelical Alliance opened a new office in Geneva, Switzerland this week as part of long-term efforts to strengthen the voice of the Persecuted Church, as well as to influence world leaders in the neighboring United Nations.
The new office was opened by the network of evangelical bodies in partnership with the Swiss Evangelical Alliance (l'Alliance évangélique suisse).
“In a day of growing global complexities it is critical that WEA increases its impact on the global stage,” said Geoff Tunnicliffe, International Director of the World Evangelical Alliance." Opening an office in Geneva will provide another resource to more effectively influence world and thought leaders. more >>
World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission (WEA-MC) Executive Director Dr. William Taylor officially handed over leadership of the global mission body to Brazilian missionary Bertil Ekstrom after serving in the position for 20 years.
“I have no doubt that heaven is smiling, and that God’s eyes are on this place,” said Ndaba Mazabane, Chairman of the WEA International Council and South African native in a statement released by the WEA on Thursday. “The world may be watching [the World Cup] in Germany, but all the angels have been instructed to put their eyes on this great service.” Taylor has served the Mission Commission since 1986, and has brought significant growth to the once-fledgling network, which now boasts membership from over 80 countries around the world.
“There were challenging times,” Taylor reminisced. “There were times when we thought we may have to close the MC down because of these challenges.” more >>
The World Evangelical Alliance added Integral Alliance as its newest affiliate member last week.
“We are delighted that the Integral Alliance has become an affiliate of World Evangelical Alliance,” said Geoff Tunnicliffe, International Director of the WEA in an announcement released on June 8. “As a WEA global partner, Integral brings great strength and expertise in church-based relief and development work.”
Integral is a global alliance of 12 independent Christian relief and development agencies working together to present a more effective response to poverty worldwide. Its member agencies are based in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, and work in 99 countries, fund more than 1,000 projects and have a joint annual turnover of over US $200 million. more >>