Egypt relief focuses on struggling families
Mark Kelly, Baptist Press
March 31, 2011

Egypt relief focuses on struggling families

Egypt relief focuses on struggling families
Mark Kelly, Baptist Press
March 31, 2011

CAIRO — Turmoil

in Egypt that

began Jan. 25 has left thousands of families struggling to make ends meet, and

Southern Baptists are responding to the need through their World Hunger Fund.

Working with humanitarian partners in Egypt,

food, clothing and medicine are being distributed to families struck

particularly hard by the soaring cost of provisions. Small business loans also

are being offered to Egyptians facing job loss or having trouble staying afloat

in a floundering tourism industry and suffering economy.

“The Middle East has experienced what has been described as a political

earthquake that has shattered people’s lives, and that ‘earthquake’ has

affected Egyptians in ways that are difficult to deal with,” said Abraham

Shepherd, who with his wife Grace directs work in the Middle East for Baptist

Global Response (BGR), an international

relief and development organization.

The project, which focuses on both immediate and long-term needs, is being

funded with $200,000 from the World Hunger Fund. About 150 households in 23

Egyptian communities — more than 20,000 people in all — will be touched by the

immediate-need gifts. The food parcels distributed also will strengthen local

economies, as all supplies will be purchased in-country.

BGR partners in Egypt

will provide ongoing counseling and guidance to those receiving business loans.

“Please pray that through the physical hunger and significant personal loss

that many Egyptians are feeling their hearts will be turned to the One that can

satisfy their deepest needs,” Shepherd said. “Pray that many lives will be

changed by this act of love.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Kelly is senior writer and assistant editor for Baptist Press.

Baptist Global Response is on the web at www.gobgr.org.)

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