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Photo: NOAA.gov

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BRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptists have been asked to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

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DR Teams Needed to Work in Nepal

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BRENTWOOD — Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is looking for volunteers to serve with Baptist Global Response in Nepal.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the country in late April, killing thousands of people. Millions of people were affected and hundreds of thousands of homes were either demolished or rendered uninhabitable.

Baptist Global Response was on site within 48 hours and is now looking at a long-term response.

BGR cautions potential volunteers that the “workplace environment will be very rugged. There is limited infrastructure due to the widespread disaster and intensity of the disaster. Volunteers will need to be in excellent physical condition to join a team.”

According to BGR, projects will be mostly general labor oriented and will include, but not be limited to, housing construction, water systems, debris removal, latrine construction, institution recovery construction, medical clinics, and other needs as found by assessment teams.

Mike Overcash, interim Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief director, said interested teams need to contact the North American Mission Board directly at sbdr_logistics@namb.net.

He noted two teams from East Tennessee have expressed an interest in responding to the needs in Nepal and that he expects additional teams to follow suit.

The Tennessee Baptist Convention is still accepting cash donations to help send volunteers to Nepal, Overcash said.
Contributions can be made online at www.tnbaptist.org/pymt/dr2015nepal.htm or by check designated “Nepal” and mailed to Tennessee Baptist Convention, P.O. Box 728, Brentwood, TN 37024.

TBC Disaster Relief Teams on Standby For Nepal; Contributions Accepted

Residents drive by some of the destruction in Kathmandu caused by an earthquake that struck the country April 25, killing more than 5,000 people and injuring thousands of others. -IMB photo

Residents drive by some of the destruction in Kathmandu caused by an earthquake that struck the country April 25, killing more than 5,000 people and injuring thousands of others. -IMB photo

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BRENTWOOD – Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief is gearing up to respond to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25.

Nepal is a small country located between India and China and is the home of Mount Everest. Most of Nepal’s nearly 30 million people are Hindu.

Tennessee Baptists have inquired about what they can to do help the devastated country where the death toll has surpassed 5,000 people with more than 11,000 injured, according to Mike Overcash, interim DR director for the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The death toll continues to rise as rescue efforts expand from the capital city of Kathmandu to outlying areas, Baptist Press reported.

“The needs are extensive as of now,” Overcash said. “As is so often the case, Southern Baptists – and Tennessee Baptists – are rising to the occasion to alleviate suffering and to share the light of the gospel,” he continued.

Many relief teams have already been activated and the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s disaster relief teams are on standby to send aid and teams in June, Overcash added.

“Any contributions you make through the TBC will support these relief teams, and any funds not used to support Tennessee’s response will be forwarded to Baptist Global Response,” Overcash said.

Contributions can be made online at http://www.tnbaptist.org/pymt/dr2015nepal.htm or by check designated “Nepal” and mailed to Tennessee Baptist Convention, P.O. Box 728, Brentwood, TN 37024-0728.