By Aaron Weaver
DECATUR, Ga. — Together with a network of Baptist groups from around the world, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship continues to provide relief to the victims of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. That 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed more than 7,350 people, injured thousands more. On Tuesday, another large earthquake struck Nepal, leaving at least 36 people dead and injuring more than 1,100, according to the Nepalese government.
CBF has contributed an initial $10,000 to the global Baptist relief efforts and is encouraging Cooperative Baptists and friends to support the Fellowship’s response to the growing crisis in Nepal. Gifts can be made to the CBF Nepal Response at www.cbf.net/nepal. To date, churches and individuals have contributed more than $14,200 to the relief fund.
Following the April 25 earthquake, CBF deployed Eddy Ruble, one of CBF’s field personnel who serves in Malaysia and is a seasoned disaster response expert, to Kathmandu, the densely-populated capital of Nepal where at least 1,150 people died. Ruble has been working to make initial needs assessments and determine capacity support for the global Baptist network’s relief efforts. Ruble is also providing support to the development arm of the Nepal Baptist Church Council and other smaller Christian organizations to develop their disaster response capacity and link them to wider networks of support.
The response of the global Baptist network — known as BReaD (Baptist Relief and Development Network) — is being led by BMS World Mission, a United Kingdom-based mission organization formerly known as the Baptist Missionary Society. BMS was selected as the lead agency on behalf of the network due to its significant pre-existing partnerships and personnel in Nepal and the surrounding region.
Through pooling its resources, as of May 4, the network had made three emergency relief grants totaling $40,000 for medical assistance and possible treatment of up to 9,500 persons, shelter (including the purchase of about 500 tents to assist 1,578 households in four communities) and 1,000 emergency food packages. The network is also working to develop proposals for a long-term response, which has been CBF’s focus — finding ways for the Fellowship to make a meaningful impact for the long term following a disaster.
CBF Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter said the Fellowship is standing with the people of Nepal.
“In the wake of unimaginable tragedy and devastation, CBF is working with our global partners to be a Christ-like witness to the people of Nepal,” Paynter said. “We are seeking to provide for the immediate needs of victims, but also the long-term renewal of their lives and their land.”
Donations to support CBF’s Nepal Response efforts may be made online at www.cbf.net/nepal or by mailing a check payable to “CBF” with 17029-42050 in the memo line to:
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
P.O. Box 102972
Atlanta, GA 30368-2972
CBF is a Christian Network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry efforts, global missions and a broad community of support.The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.