Bushfire Disaster Relief and Recovery Campaign
In late 2019 and early 2020, parts of Australia experienced unprecedented bushfire activity and central to many of these communities are Baptist Churches and ministries.
These churches continue to support many people pastorally and practically even in the midst of their own loss, grief and distress.
The Disaster Relief and Recovery Campaign was established by the Baptist Association of churches to support work in disaster impacted communities through direct support to victims, church grants to support the work of the local church in affected communities and partnership programs aimed to compliment the already excellent work done by aid organisations on the ground.
Baptists around the country and world gave generally to this campaign. These donations have given people support through payment for necessitous items and are helping in the recovery phase to assist people in bushfire-affected communities as they seek to rebuild their lives. The fund equips local churches to show the love of Christ to those in need and for our movement to practically demonstrate our collective love for those impacted by tragedy and emergency.
About the Fund
Individual donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. All donations are in Australian Dollars.
Donations will continue to be allocated to the Bushfire relief and recovery appeal even after matching grant limits have been reached.
Should the funds raised for this appeal exceed the amount required to meet the needs of the project, we will use the excess funds to help others in necessitous circumstances.
Stories and Updates
This reflection was written by Linnah Hahn. Linnah is the Director of Baptist Women to Women and the Missions and Community Ministry Leader at Hawkesbury Valley Baptist Church The HMA’s Bilpin Bushfire Relief team has a regular ministry of presence; we are blessed...
By Emily Christoforou Like many parts of NSW, the area of Blackheath was severely impacted by the bushfires. Andy Collins, Senior Pastor of Blackheath Baptist Church, describes some of the chaos caused: “Fire burned up the gullies that surround the town. Usually only...
By Kelly Crawford *Excerpts of this document come from a summary written by Colin Earnshaw, a church member of Wagga Wagga Baptist Church and a volunteer assisting churches with their bushfire responses. Thanks to Colin for his work and insight. Parts of the...
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