Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), has sent an initial $10,000 for relief work among Iraqi refugees. The Jordan Baptist Convention (JBC) has received half of those funds, while the other $5,000 has gone to a network of churches in the Middle East.

As the war in Iraq intensifies, so does the likelihood of a massive humanitarian disaster. Jordanian Baptists will continue to play a part in this relief effort.

“The Jordan Baptist Convention plans to use some of its own funds as well as gifts from its 17 churches to help with the relief efforts, while cooperating with other similar ministries with the same concern,” according to a statement from President Fawaz Amaish and Secretary Imad Shehadeh of the JBC.

“Financial assistance is needed to aid the refugees coming to Jordan from Iraq and staying in the camps that are set up in Jordan for this purpose,” they continued. “Help is also needed to help the many poor Iraqi families that attend our churches.”

BWAid Director Paul Montacute amplified their appeal.

“I urge the worldwide family of Baptists to give now,” he said, “so that our Baptist sisters and brothers and other Christians on the spot have the resources that they need to care for refugees and displaced persons.”

In a final plea, Amaish and Shehadeh urged the Baptist family to pray specifically for: the many homeless Iraqi refugees; God’s use of the present circumstances to save souls; and peace.

To send money overseas through BWAid, please visit the BWA Web site.

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