In January, heavy floods devastated the southeastern region of Iran, on the border near Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is one of the poorest areas of Iran. More than 20,000 people were left homeless, and several were killed in the aftermath.
Also, in the southeastern provinces of Kerman, severe rainfall and flooding blocked roads, destroyed houses and displaced thousands of people.
At the time of the disasters, the Iranian government was experiencing massive protests and potential war with the United States, so official relief efforts were practically nonexistent.
Due to the lack of official response, BTJ launched a disaster relief effort. Working with the underground house church in Iran, BTJ sent food and oil, and provided financial support for housing.
This relief effort has led to several new believers in southeastern Iran! BTJ plans for more support to be delivered in April to continue helping the rebuilding effort.