(from email update from Merab Gaprindashvili Acting Archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia )
There are 260 refugee camps in Tbilisi. They mostly live in the school and kindergarten buildings. We work very closely with the Ministry of Refugees of Georgia and under their supervision we supply some camps with food. Fortunately, we had enough beds at Betheli Centre. We have bought the mattresses, sheets, towels and so on. Food, clothing, medicine, psychological treatment specially for children is badly needed. Some children could not sleep night and are very anxious.
For the time being, there are already 40 refugees at Betheli centre. The oldest is 87 years old and the youngest one is 10 months old.
Some members of our congregations are wounded or missing. Pastor Zaal Chimchiuri, whom some of you know and visited his hospitable family, is still staying with his congregation in the conflict zone. It is impossible for us to contact him, because of bad telephone communication. We still do not have information about our brothers and sisters living deeper in the conflict zone.
At last, let me express our profound gratitude to you all for your prayers, telephone calls, love, encouragement and financial support.
Yours in Christ,
Acting Archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia
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