Reti Ah-Voa is the Regional Leader of the Northern Baptist Association. This is an
excerpt of a recent article she wrote in response to the recent flooding in Auckland, she
We have heard many stories of people reaching out to help others. Rānui Baptist Church
and Vision West have been at the forefront of this as Emergency Response Centres for
their wider community, as well as the folk at Kumeū Baptist Church, who chair and
resource their local Response Teams. Many congregations have had some families
affected. However, the Windsor Park Baptist Church community has probably been the
hardest hit. They have been rallying around each other to provide emergency support.
Great to hear stories of Liberty Christian Church and Kumeū Baptist Church, along with
other community volunteers coming alongside Te Atatū Baptist Church to lift the carpets
in their building where every room had flooding. And to hear of churches from around the
region already getting alongside Rānui’s Emergency Response Centre. Our office is getting contact from those pledging support - coming from within and outside our region. Of heroic/epic efforts both at Balmoral Baptist Centre and also in Windsor Park’s wider
community. Of folk at Sunnynook Baptist Church and others providing food and care for
their neighbours. And on a personal level, being the recipient of the love and care of my
church family folk, who came to help us.
When we were overwhelmed, the people of God responded.
An email address has been set up for queries. If you would like to offer gestures of
support, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Flood relief funds can be directed to our Northern Baptist Association account: 02-0264-
Reference: “Flood support” and also who is sending it – “name of church group”, “family”,
“individual”, or “other source”. Please email us your details at the address above if you
would like to receive a tax receipt for your donation.
The Northern Baptist Association will ensure any funds are distributed to those either
flood-damaged or offering flood relief.
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