January 8, 2009

BWA Responds to Crisis in Gaza

Eron Henry, Associate Director of Communications
Neville Callam, General Secretary
Baptist World Alliance

January 8, 2009

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA), through its relief and development arm, Baptist World Aid (BWAid), is assisting persons suffering from the crisis in Gaza.

A BWAid Rescue24 team, operated by Hungarian Baptist Aid (HBAid), has been in Cairo, Egypt, since December 31, 2008, providing medical treatment to persons who have fled from Gaza. BWAid made an initial grant of US $10,000 toward the medical relief effort.

The Rescue24 team will be relocating to the Egyptian city of El Arish, which is closer to Gaza, about 40 kilometers from the border, to continue the medical work.

HBAid is also planning other relief projects, including a psychosocial program for children in the heavily bombed city of Sderot in southern Israel...

Gaza Baptist Church (GBC), the lone Baptist church in Palestine, was severely damaged by the fighting. According to media reports, the windows of the church were blown out when an Israeli air strike hit a police station located across the street.

For the full release: http://www.bwanet.org/default.aspx?pid=988

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