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Virginia Baptist Disaster Response in North Carolina and Indonesia

Posted: 10/5/18 at 3:15pm.

Please read below about how you can help Virginia Baptist Disaster Response pray, give, and go both here in the United States and across the world:

Hurricane Florence Response Update

228 volunteers have served 10,156 hours, provided 36,251 meals, and assisted 102 homeowners with cleanup needs. Value of services provided to date = $463,355

Even more volunteers are needed anytime through November! Previous training is not required. Want to help? Sign up today at BGAVDR.org/Signup.

Another way to help is to fill flood buckets! These are practical and tangible items needed to help volunteers and homeowners in North Carolina begin the process of cleaning up homes and businesses affected by the floods caused by Hurricane Florence. Visit BGAVDR.org/FloodBuckets for the full list of items needed along with part numbers from either Lowe’s or Home Depot. Further instructions and collection locations are included on that page.

As always, you can also give online or mail a check (make it payable to BGAV and please write “disaster response” in the memo line) to:

c/o Virginia Baptist Disaster Response
2828 Emerywood Parkway
Henrico, VA 23294

Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Response

On Friday, September 28, a 7.5 earthquake and subsequent 6-meter-high tsunami caused major damage on Sulawesi island, Indonesia. The current death toll is over 1,400 with further fatalities expected to be reported as authorities finally arrive in hard to reach communities.

The BGAV is working within a newly created structure among global Baptists known as the Baptist Forum for Aid and Development (BFAD). The BGAV is one of the “founding” members of this group which finds its roots within the Baptist World Alliance and BWAid.

Several conference calls have been held and plans are beginning to emerge as to how the Baptists in the region may respond. There is a fairly strong presence in the region which will find leadership through Rebana (Indonesian Baptist relief and development), Asia Baptist Pacific Aid, and Australian Baptist Aid.  We have worked with these groups in the past and they are trusted partners.

On Thursday, October 4, the BGAV released $20,000 from the Mission Relief and Development Fund (in the WM2 portion of the budget) to assist in the relief efforts. The plan is to send $10,000 rather immediately and withhold the remaining $10,000 when the larger plan for recovery is developed. Further funding will be required and the opportunity for volunteers to assist in long term rebuild is likely. Click here to give today.

Contact Dean Miller for more information.

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