Richmond, Va. – April 27, 2015 – As the death toll continues to rise to over 4,000 following Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal, the executive leadership of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) approved the immediate release of $10,000 from our World Mission Initiative funds to assist with the most pressing and immediate needs.
BGAV Disaster Response leadership has been in contact with several partner agencies to determine the best course of action in our response to the earthquake. One of our global partners is BMS World Mission; they currently have 19 personnel on the ground in Nepal.
BMS World mission and the Nepal Baptist Church Council (which recently created a disaster committee) will work together with the United Mission to Nepal, which will likely be the coordinating agency for many Christian organizations. Baptist Global Response (Southern Baptist Convention) is also responding and has asked for leadership from the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief network to send a small team for assessment.
“We will remain vigilant in our response and be certain that our funds and potential volunteers are connected to the best partner in Nepal to effect the most change,” said Dean Miller, Glocal Missions team leader.
For now, Virginia Baptists should remember the Nepalese people in their prayers and make every effort to contribute to the response. This will be a long recovery and the needs will be great.
To financially assist relief efforts, you may donate here or text DISASTER to 501501 and immediately donate $10. (Standard rates may apply.)