NAB UPDATE - June 24, 2013

The North American Baptist Conference is asking NAB churches and individuals to pray for those in Southern Alberta who continue to recover from recent flooding that has brought devastation to the region. The floodwaters have caused significant damage to communities and neighborhoods in geographically lower lying areas. Though the water is slowly subsiding, many will experience the impact of this disaster for months to come. The damage from the flooding has displaced individuals, families, churches, and businesses. Most areas will need significant clean up before people can return.

NAB is receiving funds for the flooding victims through its relief and disaster fund. Funds will be distributed through the direction of the NAB’s Alberta Baptist Association. Financial donations can be given by clicking here.

Jim Leverette, Regional Minister of the Alberta Baptist Association, was in Calgary over the weekend. As of his Saturday evening e-mail report, he indicated that:

  • More than 100,000 people have been displaced from their homes;
  • All of downtown Calgary is flooded and no business will reopen until waters have receded and it is safe to turn power on once again;
  • More than 34,000 residences were without power;
  • Every bridge into the downtown was closed.

The Alberta Baptist Association is partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to provide access to long term relief for victims of the flooding. The Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Response Teams deal primarily with clean-up issues. They are looking for volunteers who can:

  • Clean homes that were flooded, including: removal of mud and debris, removal of contents, carpeting, flooring, drywall etc.;
  • Participate in mold abatement;
  • Prepare meals for working teams;
  • Clean tools at the end of a work day.

To sign up as a volunteer or to register a team of volunteers call: 1-866-628-6565.

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