Monday, January 18, 2010

Haiti Relief through Baptist World Aid

The Baptist General Convention of Missouri is channeling relief funds through Baptist World Aid, the relief arm of the BWA. The Baptist World Alliance announced a Baptist World Aid (BWAid) Rescue24 team arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Sunday, January 17, and has begun work in a local clinic.

The team, consisting of members from the country of Hungary and the state of North Carolina in the United States, has come up against horrific scenes. "The situation is terrible, I have never seen anything like this," said Bela Szilagyi, head of Hungarian Baptist Aid, who has been working in major disaster zones for more than 10 years. Szilagyi is one of the leaders of the BWAid Rescue24 team in Port-au-Prince.

They came across "immense chaos, confusion, and the terrible smell of dead bodies." Members of the team flew to a location close to the Haiti-Dominican Republic border, and were escorted into Port-au-Prince by "blue helmets," United Nations peacekeeping soldiers. They will remain in Haiti for one week providing emergency medical services.

Our convention is receiving funds for the relief effort. Send you gifts to the convention office at BGCM, P. O. Box 508, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0508 or send your gifts directly to BWAid at or to: Baptist World Aid, 405 North Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22046.

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