BWAid Relief Sent to Venezuela Flood Victims

Baptist World Aid, the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance, is sending $5,000 to the National Baptist Convention of Venezuela. Patsy Davis, BWA Women's Department director, and a former missionary in Venequela, discussed the immediate needs with convention official, Jacobo Garcia.
Garcia reported that Venezuelan Baptists were responding by calling their churches to prayer and action. In Caracas, the Baptist Convention office is focusing in on pregnant women and children who have lost their parents. He said hundreds if not thousands of children have been left homeless with no parents.

In a separate communication, Paul Eustace, BWA Vice-President, reports so far two churches, Los Corales and Luz y Verdad (Light and Truth) of Maiquetia and a mission in Camury have been destroyed.

Heavy rains brought the floods and mudslides to Venezuela's Caribbean Coast last week. At lease 10,000 people were killed, but this figure is likely to rise. Over 500,000 people have been made homeless and many businesses have been destroyed. The worst hit area is the coastal strip of Vargas State, with a population of about 350,000 people. Mudslides and raging rivers buried entire settlements under earth, boulders and rubble descending from the 8,300 foot Avila mountain range.

Paul Montacute, BWAid director, indicated that the Baptist Convention is drawing up detailed plans for its continuing role in the immediate relief operation. "I know that the funds we have already sent will need to be multiplied many times if we are to provide the kind of support needed," he said.

BWAid has set up a special Venezuela disaster fund, and donations of cash may be made to the following clearly designated - Venezuela. BWAid is not collecting goods for sending to Venezuela.

Baptist World Aid - Venezuela Fund
Baptist World Alliance
6733 Curran Street
McLean, VA, 22101, USA
Phone: +1 703 790 8980
Fax: +1 703 790 5719

Contacts: Paul Montacute or Lee Hickman

A US tax receipt will be issued.

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