"BWAid's appeal to the worldwide Baptist family is to come and stand alongside your Christian sisters and brothers in the Middle East, as they seek to care in His name for those who are suffering," commented BWAid Director - Paul Montacute.
With the imminent threat of war in Iraq, BWAid has been in contact with Baptist leaders in the region, to gauge the need for resources. BWAid works with and through Baptist Conventions and Unions, by providing financial resources and relief goods to meet the needs of those in need of shelter, food, medicine and security.
BWAid will also be working through other Christian networks in the Middle East to provide needed resources. Already many of these have drawn up emergency preparedness plans to provide humanitarian assistance in the case of war.
There is a real fear that military intervention could bring about a domino effect on countries neighboring Iraq, and possibly spreading to the whole Middle East. The threat of civil unrest in other parts of the world, linked to the war will also spread the need for greater resources to other parts of the world.
"We need a generous financial response from everyone," said Montacute. "From individuals and churches, Sunday school classes and Bible study groups, and Baptist Unions and Conventions."
BWAid works through local and national Christian organizations. So it does not send in expatriate relief workers, but aims to entrust, empower and enable local and national leaders.
"Baptists continue to pray and work for peace," said Montacute, "but we also have a responsibility to assist the many thousands who will suffer as a result of this needless war."
BWAid Appeal addresses - please designate for 'Iraq & Middle East Appeal
Baptist World Aid
Baptist World Alliance
405 North Washington Street
Falls Church, VA22046, USA
Phone: +1 703 790 8980
Fax: +1 703 790 5719
Contacts: Paul Montacute or Lee Hickman
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