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At present in Haiti, search and rescue operations are taking place.  The country’s infrastructure, which was already in poor condition, has totally collapsed.  A conference call with Jim Brown, Director of Baptist Global Response, will take place this afternoon with the 42 state directors across the nation to formulate a plan for long-term recovery efforts in Haiti.

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In the next few days, a Baptist Global Response assessment team will deploy from the United States en route to Haiti to work along-side our missionaries currently assisting the Haitians in this tragedy.  The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, in coordination with the Baptist Global Response and the North American Mission Board, will produce a comprehensive, coordinated plan to assist with victims of this earthquake.

Update, Thursday, Jan 14:

With more than 20 years of experience in Haiti, Florida Baptists are leading initial Southern Baptist relief efforts.  According to Jim Brown, U.S. director for Baptist Global Response, teams from Mississippi and Kentucky are on standby for immediate response. An Assessment team is being organized by Baptist Global Response, IMB, NAMB and state convention disaster relief directors.  They will work with Haitian Baptists to identify immediate needs that must be addressed and will draft mid- and long-term plans for ongoing relief efforts.

Funding will be provided by IMB’s disaster relief fun.  Contributions can be made at www.bgco.org/donate, or by sending funds to the address below.  100% of the funds you send will be Haiti Relief and Recovery.

“Please pray for us as we assess and monitor the situation in Haiti after the 7.0 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks this evening,” Brown said. “The initial information indicates 2 million people in Port-au-Prince are directly affected. Please pray for victims and their families. Pray for wisdom as responses are initiated.”

To donate funds for this recovery effort, please send them to:

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief – Haiti Earthquake Relief
The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
3800 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73112

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To learn more about Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, including information on how to become a trained volunteer:

National Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
Oklahoma Disaster Relief