As Tomás Mackey begins the second full year of his tenure as BWA President, he is grateful for both the gift of technology but also the opportunity to enjoy face-to-face visits with Baptists around the world as travel resumes.
His leadership role carries many responsibilities, but his heart is “being with the people.” Leveraging virtual tools, he was able to participate online or share video greetings at numerous member body assemblies, including:
- Luzon Convention of Southern Baptist Churches, Inc. (The Philippines)
- Arunachal Baptist Church Council (India)
- Convention of Baptist Churches in Guatemala
- Jamaica Baptist Union
- National Baptist Convention of Chile
- Baptist Convention of Nicaragua
- Equatorial Guinea Baptist Church
“Baptist Convention of Equatorial Guinea is a new member of the BWA, and it was a joy to meet its President, Vice President, General Secretary, and a missionary to Equatorial Guinea from Spain,” said Mackey.
In recent months, he also had the opportunity to travel to Russia and France to participate in nationwide Baptist assemblies.
Worshipping with Russian Baptists
In May, the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists gathered in Moscow for the Russian Baptist National Youth Summit and the 36th Russian Baptist Congress, drawing hundreds of pastors from across the country. President Mackey and General Secretary Elijah Brown attended the event, valuing the opportunity to preach and offer pastoral prayer and support during this critical time in the nation.
“One of the most moving moments was when a Ukrainian led the Congress in a prayer for peace,” said Brown.
Centered on the theme of “Light Among the Chaos,” seminars addressed topics ranging from building a team for service to developing ministries among refugees.
“We learned and shared with each other the experiences of how we should live, serve God, and reach a new generation with the Gospel in these new conditions that our country is currently going through,” said attendee Vitaly Zanin.