Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Desperate Haiti

By now you've all tuned in to hear about the devastation that's claimed much of Haiti. Very likely your own churches have missionary outreaches there, or plan to have one now that trouble has landed with such violent force.

My own church (where I both worship and work), Palm Valley, just two years ago built a church in Valu, as well as an education center nearby. We worked through a missionary outreach called Haiti Arise, and a number of our pastors have been there several times to work alongside their ministries. Today the staff here is heartsick & concerned, gathering often to pray & plan even as we watch, riveted, to the news coming in - news that just keeps getting worse with each new report!

Just a short while ago one of the pastors here received the following communication from Haiti Arise. I'm sharing it as is.

We know these people, and that makes it all the more difficult.

Please join me in praying for the people of Haiti.

Dear Pastor Daniel,,

Buildings and roads are devastated in Haiti after being violently shaken by it's first earthquake in 250 years! The death toll is not yet known, but assumed to be high, as homes, hospitals and even a part of the national palace has collapsed.

We need your help to get aid down quickly. Your response to disaster relief after last year's hurricanes enabled us to meet many needs. We are praying we can do the same this year, as we are sure that many families in the community will need help rebuilding.

For video coverage of some of the damage, including the collapse of the national palace, click on this link to BBC News.

Urgent Prayer Points:

  • For lines of communication to open up- I think that is most important, as we can’t find out what the status of things are until then.
  • The young people we have in our community who are working or going to school in Port au Prince; for their safety.
  • For us to assess and find out how we can strategically help in the Disaster Relief and rebuilding process. This will be our focus now for a few months, I am sure.
  • The families in our community, for their homes and safety.
  • The team that is there now from Nelson, BC and the next team going from Red Deer, Alberta that they will be able to meet the immediate needs.

We want to say a sincere thanks to all of you who have already begun to respond to the plea for Disaster Releif Aid. We have had online donations coming in from all over the US and Canada. This will really help us meet the people's needs. Marc is there with a team of 24 from Nelson, BC. All are safe. They had made it to Grand-Goave from the airport in Port au Prince just before the earthquake hit yesterday. They spent the night in a school bus, as our own facility may have been compromised by the quake. Marc, the leaders and team are back at our compound now, assessing the damage; and we are awaiting with abaited breath for any news that may come.

Please pray that God will open the lines of communication!! And that our friends and young people who are living in Port au Prince for school or other things are all safe!

We will continue to keep you posted online here daily as we know more.When we know more of the situation, we will be able to better determine what we can all do to help. For now, prayer and raising financial aid will be our focus.

Sincerely,

Lisa Honorat
Haiti ARISE Ministries, Founders & Directors

18 comments:

Denise said...

I am praying, and will not stop sweetie.

christy rose said...

I am praying!

MOMSWEB said...

Thanks for sharing the letter; it offers some type of connection with Haiti. Lord, have mercy.

rcubes said...

Praying for Haiti sister. Thank you for this post. May it also be an opportunity for people to be saved. God bless.

Just a little something from Judy said...

It has been on my heart and mind all day today. It is so heartbreaking. Thank you for giving me some connections and some specifics on how to pray. I can't imagine how you must feel.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

God, have mercy on this poor country. Keep us mindful of the need.

~elaine

Beth E. said...

Praying, my friend. My heart aches for the people of Haiti. I, too, work for my church. We will be sending aid through our church conference.

Hugs...

Karen Lange said...

Thank you for sharing this. Continuing to pray for the situation in Haiti.

Susan said...

Crying out to for this nation...

I've been to Haiti, I love these people...

Debbie said...

It's horrible to hear the latest news from Haiti. I was there in 1980 on a mission trip and it is such a poor country. I pray for the people there is such need. It was such a dark place when I was there. I'm glad to see so many people are willing to help.

Nel said...

Such devastation... Have been praying for Haiti since I heard. Thanks for sharing the letter and information. Keep us posted. Praying for all those affected.

sonja said...

Yes, we are praying here too. It is hard to even imagine the sense of despair these poor people must have. So much poverty and now such utter destruction. Thank you for the update and we will keep praying.

Rita said...

Oh what devastation they face. We in America are so blessed and don't even realize it some times.

Heart2Heart said...

Kathleen,

This grieves my heart but at the same time my spirit soars at just how much our missionaries are able to do just by there being there and so many of those buildings and hotels have stood through this earthquake. Now we can pray for roads to be cleared so that the supplies can be delivered.

Let us all keep our prayers going.


Love and Hugs ~ Kat

skoots1mom said...

sending prayers...a friend's husband is there now building wells and we've not heard from his yet.

Rose said...

Hi Katheleen, I have something for you on my blog today.

Rose said...

The devastation in Haiti is almost overwhelming to see. As one who lives in the area hit by Katrina, all I could think of is, it's much worse than it looks on TV. The camera's never truly capture it. It breaks my heart to see it and my thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people as well as those who are going there to help with search and rescue.

prashant said...

God, have mercy on this poor country. Keep us mindful of the need.


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