Crisis Response Teams - Bridges To Common Ground

Crisis Response Teams

Bridges team members & leadership have responded to many different crises and conflicts over a period of decades. We have identified this as a critical part of our mission moving forward. We plan to continue engaging leaders in various difficult situations around the world. Our approach is to focus on common ground and to become friends first. We do not force our agenda, opinions or wishes upon the people we meet with unless they explicitly ask for it from a place of personal friendship.​

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Where We Have Worked

Partnering with others to inspire peace and justice; allowing the Spirit of God to initiate the impossible. (1)
  • Western Sahara: (1994) Meetings with president securing his recommitment to the 1991 Ceasefire with Morocco

  • Liberia: (1995) Facilitate a Muslim/Christian team that encouraged the successful Abuja Peace Accords

  • Benin: (1997) Engaged president toward a national transformation, a youth peace movement & a resolution of tribal conflicts

  • Libya: (1999-2003) Private meetings with Qaddafi regime, contributed to rapprochement with leaders, release of 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 terrorists, denouncement of WMDs

  • Pakistan: (2000) Meeting with president leading to release of 21 Christians imprisoned under “Sharia Law”

  • Ghana: (2000) Assisting a successful presidential candidate’s transition of power & transform country

  • Iraq: (2001-2002) Quiet meetings with Saddam regime resulting in return of UN WMD inspectors & avoidance of war. However ordered to “stand down” by US government

  • Congo Kinshasa (DRC): Setup meetings of competing presidents leading to 2002 ceasefire leading to national reconciliation

  • Congo, Brazzaville: (2003) Worked with president and rebel funder to end conflict/rebellion

  • Sudan, North/South War: (1997/2005) Multiple prayer meetings with Sudanese president & other leaders leading to a successful peace treaty

  • Sudan, Darfur: (2006) 15 visits with President Bashir, reversing his intransigence to deploy UN Peacekeeping Forces mitigating the “genocide”, mass rapes and 2.2 million displaced

  • Afghanistan/Taliban: (2007) Initiated the process leading to the release of 21 Korean Christian missionaries (2)

  • Sudan & U.N. (2009) Prayer with president that negated the flogging a UN employee, Lubna al-Hussein, for dressing in pants

  • Iran: (2010) Engaged Iranian leadership that produced the release of two Iranians, Marzieh Amirizadeh & Maryam Rostampour, imprisoned for 255 days as “converts to Christianity”

  • USA: (2010) Offered alternative solution to Pastor Terry Jones’ decision to cancel Qur’an burning on 9/11/10

  • Sudan: (2014) Communications with regime toward the release of Meriam Ibrahim, imprisoned facing a possible death sentence for refusing to denounce her faith

  • Central African Republic: (2015) Powerful encounters with Muslim & Christian militia leaders to gain the release of 2 French hostages taken by Anti Balaka forces, and worked with many of the 10 factions toward signing of peace treaty

(1)  Bridges developed the “Trac5” model which augments and empowers traditional diplomatic, political, military & economic tracks of engagement. We do not claim it alone is solely responsible for outcomes. 


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