Believers reach out to help quake survivors in Iran.

By January 8, 2004

Iran (MNN)–A team of seven from Hungarian Baptist Aid is working in the devastated city of Bam, Iran.

On arrival in Tehran, four doctors and one nurse were immediately flown to the disaster area. Over two hundred people came or were taken to the “Baptist Hospital” for treatment, some of them were badly injured, some of them suffered from pneumonia or cold because of the winter nights.

The team was also asked to go to two villages nearby Bam because survivors were found there and there were not enough doctors to provide medical care and the medications were not sufficient either.

A 2 metric ton shipment of a portable hospital, with beds and surgical equipment, IV fluids, antibiotics, painkillers and other medications, and immunizations went with the team, and both BWAid and HBAid are exploring the possibility of further shipments being made.

Baptist World Aid, the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance, has worked with HBAid in putting together this response, and made an initial pledge of US $5,000 towards its cost.

The relief effort supports the local church body, allowing them the opportunity to serve their community during crisis. Their living faith example often opens the doors for the hope of Christ being shared in these regions.

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