materials are being sent to Haiti by the Church of the
Brethren’s Material Resources program at the
Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. The Material
Resources staff led by director Loretta Wolf, are working to
coordinate shipments to Haiti being made on behalf of Church
World Service (CWS), IMA World Health, and Lutheran World
Relief, among others. A $25,000 grant from the Church of the
Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund is supporting the initial CWS
response to the earthquake.
phones, a little shared rice, prayer and the laying on of hands
were all part of the
Episcopal Church's continued efforts to help the country of
Haiti nine days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake decimated parts
of the impoverished nation.
The hardware is
coming into Haiti by way of the Dominican Republic, the
Episcopal Church diocese there and
Episcopal Relief & Development,
and the rice and ministering prayer is coming, in part, from the
three sisters of the Couvent Sainte Marguerite, adjacent to the
cathedral and operated by the
Sisters of Saint Margaret, who
have told their Boston-based colleagues that they are staying
The Lutheran World
Federation (LWF) Department for World Service (DWS) plans to
scale up operations and strengthen logistics capacity in both
Haiti and the Dominican Republic following the Jan. 20 arrival
of the first DWS convoy with urgently needed relief supplies in
the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is sharing
funds given to the church by members in response to the Haiti
earthquake with the LWF/DWS, Lutheran World Relief, Baltimore,
and Church World Service, New York. Earlier this week, the
ELCA News Service reported more than $1.2 million in credit card
gifts had been contributed to the ELCA for Haiti relief.
Since news of the earthquake came to light,
International Orthodox Christian Charities staff have been
contacting partners active in Haiti and attempting to reach
Orthodox parishes on the island to coordinate our response to
the growing need. Like many Haitians who have been struggling to
reach their loved ones, IOCC is finding direct communication
difficult – symptomatic of the widespread destruction and ruined
infrastructure that is now beginning to be revealed.
Mar Thoma Church is urging parishes and congregations to
collect voluntary contributions for the relief work.
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., published on
its Web page a list of items urgently needed rot relief in Haiti
and announced journeys to Haiti amid fears that NBC mission
sites have been destroyed.
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
President, the Rev. Dr. Julius R. Scruggs, requested
"the cooperation of
all National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Auxiliaries, Boards,
Commissions, Ministries, Churches, State Conventions and
District Associations to work together under the leadership of
the Parent Body. By working together, our impact will be
multiplied. As the situation in Haiti becomes clearer and more
stable over the next several days and weeks, the Convention will
develop and execute a disaster relief plan with measureable
goals and objectives. In the meantime, we must focus our
efforts on raising funds which ultimately will determine how
much assistance we will be able to provide."
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
reported that Julian Brelsford was on a volunteer service
trip in Haiti with his sister Christa when the recent earthquake
hit. The building they were in collapsed, and Christa's leg was
crushed. They are now both safe in Miami (Christa’s foot had to
be amputated), and are speaking out to raise awareness about the
thousands of Haitians currently in desperate need of medical
care and emergency supplies.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is coordinating its
efforts with our ecumenical and international partners in the
relief work in Haiti. Carlos Cardenas is on the ground in
Port-au-Prince as part of the initial response team. The past
few days’ priorities have focused on search and rescue, medical
attention for those injured by the earthquake, along with food
distribution for the survivors.
Leaders of the
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. noting its
mission work in Haiti since the 1960s, appealed to its member
churches for financial contributions "to support the millions of
people devastated" by the earthquake.
Reformed Church World Service, was able to report that while
most of the news coming out of Haiti is bad, there are
encouraging signs -- including the relative calm of the Haitian
people and the hard work of the Haitian government to provide
needed supplies such as drinking water.
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch, Archdiocese of the
Eastern United States, expressed empathy for "the suffering of
our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Today, we are collecting a
special collection for the people of Haiti. We appeal to your
generosity and ask you to donate as much as possible to this
important cause. After receiving your donations into our
Archdiocesan Relief Fund, we in turn will channel the collected
donations to the people of Haiti, through trusted Christian
Charity organizations, who are already working in the relief
Giving to the
United Church of Christ Haiti earthquake response is
shattering previous online giving rates, indicating a generous
outpouring from across the United Church of Christ, church
Within six days of
the disaster, a total of $250,603 has been received from 2,366
online donors. That far exceeds a previous online giving record
set in early 2005 when $112,000 was raised at ucc.org over 23
days from a little more than 1,000 donors to aid victims of the
Indian Ocean tsunami.
"It's no surprise
that UCC people are being very generous in reaching out to our
sisters and brothers in Haiti," says Susan M. Sanders, the UCC's
minister for global sharing of resources. "But this
unprecedented outpouring also shows that people are remembering
to give through the UCC in times of disaster, and demonstrates
that we are getting more comfortable with offering our gifts
through online methods."
Kay and Gary
Walla, mission volunteers from St. Luke's
United Methodist Church, arrived in Haiti the day before
the massive earthquake that rocked the nation Jan. 11, and
only got back home to Indianapolis six days later. But they
are ready to go back to Haiti when the rebuilding starts.
“We are raising
funds for immediate medicine and food needs, and gathering
building supplies for a future trip,” Kay said. “We are
looking for medical personnel who are going there now and
willing to transport what we’re collecting. “The Haitians
are a hardy people. They can sleep on the ground, but
without food and medicine, they’re going to die.”
American Baptist relief efforts in Haiti, General
Secretary A. Roy Medley rejected the notion that the
earthquake was an act of God.
persons, this terrible tragedy will raise theological
issues," Medley wrote. "We reject the suggestion that this
earthquake was God’s punishment for a pact made with the
Devil. Jesus, himself, when confronted by his disciples
concerning the situation of the man born blind, rejected the
notion of a punitive God who had imposed this affliction in
retribution for sin. There are many, many beloved brothers
and sisters in Christ in Haiti who faithfully serve God who
have been devastated by this event. In a broken world of
tragedy where natural and human-generated disasters such as
war are a part of our lives, we believe that our crucified
Lord is ever-present among those who suffer through the
presence of the Spirit and through the presence of the
church serving as the hands and feet of Christ."