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concerns with its member bodies and others, trying to build a collaborative response to meet the needs, and encouraging Baptists and others to give to the BWA so that in God's name we might care.

BWAid provides disaster relief around the world, responding to emergency situations where unusual circumstances disrupt or destroy community life – famine, earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, fire, floods, volcanic eruptions, civil strife, or war. Since BWA members now have a presence in more than 100 different countries, Baptists have personnel in many areas where disasters occur. It is the local Baptist communities who are on the scene and ministering to their neighbors in times of crisis. They know the situations and the needs. When BWAid receives a request to assist from a member body, it is the Emergency Response Fund that allows an initial response to the crisis.

Your gifts to Churchnet’s World Mission Offering will help Baptists respond to these needs as we build a collaborative response around the world. We hope you will give generously.