Baptist World Alliance
Eron Henry, Associate Director of Communications
Neville Callam, General Secretary
Phone: +1 703 790 8980
Fax: +1 703 893 5160

August 20, 2010
For Immediate Release
Baptists send aid to Pakistan
Washington (BWA) -- An initial sum of US$10,000 has been granted by Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief development arm of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), to assist flood victims in Pakistan.

The funds, which will be used to meet medical, food and shelter needs, will be disbursed through BMS World Mission, the major British Baptist mission organization, and partners, including Operation Mercy.

Additional sums may be granted by BWAid to the Interfaith League Against Poverty, which is working in conjunction with the National Baptist Church of Pakistan.

"The Baptist World Alliance is deeply moved by the level of suffering of the Pakistani people at this time," said Paul Montacute, director of BWAid. "We ask all Baptists to remember the country and people of Pakistan in their prayers and offer practical expressions of help."

Other Baptists are also extending assistance to Pakistan. Canadian Baptist Ministries is working through a group to offer assistance. The Baptist Union of Great Britain donated 10,000 toward the relief efforts to assist approximately 500 families in the Sindh region of North West Pakistan.

An estimated 2,000 persons have died and 20 million affected by widespread flooding that have stricken Pakistan since July. The flooding has covered an area estimated at 160,000 square kilometers or 61,800 square miles, damaging or destroying close to one million homes.

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