Baptist World Alliance
Eron Henry, Associate Director of Communications
Neville Callam, General Secretary
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.
Donations may be sent by going to http://www.bwanet.org/bwa.php?site=general&id=4.