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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.