CHENGDU, China (BP)--Southern Baptists can respond to the devastating earthquake that struck China's Sichuan province May 12 in a broad range of ways, a blue-ribbon panel of disaster relief experts has reported.
The 25-member group met in mid-June at the Nashville, Tenn., offices of Baptist Global Response, a Southern Baptist international relief and development organization based in Singapore. Their multifaceted assessment draws on the experience of two "initial responder" teams who visited Sichuan and input from Ben Wolf, who leads Baptist Global Response initiatives in the Asia Rim area.
The earthquake killed nearly 70,000 people and left literally millions homeless, creating a massive need for replacement housing and the challenge of people rebuilding their livelihoods. In the early days of the relief effort, Southern Baptists were able to draw on almost $900,000 in Southern Baptist relief and world hunger funds to provide basic medical supplies, food and nutritional supplements, clean water, tents, clothing, blankets, water filtration units and hygiene products, according to Jim Brown, U.S. director for Baptist Global Response. Read More