Originally created 02/10/01

Faith digest



Quake relief

An Indian relief agency daily feeds lunch and breakfast to some 40,000 people, has 800 doctors and hundreds of volunteers in the field and plans to tackle rebuilding after last month's earthquake in Bhuj, India.

But more is needed, said Janak B. Patel, a member of the Hindu community in Augusta.

The disaster left the country struggling with at least 17,000 deaths, 1 million homeless and some $4.5 billion in damages.

Donors can aid the Indian people's efforts by contributing to Bochanwasi AksharPurshottam Sanstha, or BAPS Care, a socio-religious organization founded by guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

Every dollar goes to the relief effort because volunteers pay all their own expenses, according to Mr. Patel.

Contributions are tax deductible and may be sent to BAPS Care International, 837 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, GA 30809.

For more information, call (800) 301-5594 or 228-3426 or visit the BAPS Web site, www.BAPS-Care.org.

Waiting for love

About 250 to 300 young people are expected to converge at Hawhammock Baptist Church, 27 Hawhammock Church Road in Swainsboro, Ga., for a communitywide Seize the Net rally from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Valentine's Day.

Seize the Net is an online version of True Love Waits, an abstinence campaign that has enlisted about 1 million youth since 1993. Anyone who commits to remain chaste until marriage can sign a pledge card through a Web page.

On the receiving end, organizers will tally signers for a 24-hour period beginning at 5 a.m. Wednesday and ending at 5 a.m. Thursday.

The Hawhammock event will feature George Holcomb and the praise band from First Baptist Church in Vidalia, Ga., and a pizza slam.

For more information, call (478) 237-3429 or visit the True Love Waits Web site, www.truelovewaits.com.

Christian rock

The Loud and Clear Tour with Christian alternative bands O.C. Supertones, Switchfoot and Relient K will come to New Hope Worship Center, 715 Old Belair Road, Grovetown, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Fans can find tickets at area Christian bookstores. For more information, call 868-6410.

Divorce seminar

First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, will present a seminar for children of divorced parents, Divorce and Parents - What's a Kid To Do?, from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays, starting Feb. 18.

The closing session will be April 15.

Registration for the program, which targets children from preschool age through sixth grade, will start at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18. For more information, call 731-5355.