Shortly before 5p.m. yesterday, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, dealing another blow to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Information coming out of the country remains limited, but the reported epicenter of the earthquake is a highly populated area known to house many of Port-au-Prince’s poorest. The International Red Cross estimates that three million people have been affected by the earthquake one third of the island nation’s population.
HOPE International has been unable to get in touch with any of its staff members in Haiti, yet based on news reports, we have reason to believe they are likely safe. HOPE Haiti’s director, who was in the Dominican Republic on business at the time of the earthquake, will be attempting to travel back into Haiti this morning accompanied by staff from HOPE International’s central offices in Lancaster, PA and leadership from our field partner Esperanza International. We plead with you to pray for the people of Haiti and have compiled a list of prayer requests to help you get started. For those who would like to contribute financially, HOPE will work with our partner Esperanza International to identify the most effective way to impact the people of Haiti in the aftermath of this tragedy.
Pray for coordination and efficiency in the immediate recovery efforts. The first 72 hours following the earthquake are critical in searching for those who may be trapped in rubble, treating the injured, and preventing further loss of life.
Pray that damage to the airport in Port-au-Prince would be miraculously limited, enabling aid agencies to rush necessary emergency aid to the country.
Pray for the safety of people now living on the streets.
Pray for hope. A sense of despair can lead to rioting, looting, and further destruction.
Pray that those affected would work together and be filled with supernatural patience and compassion.
Pray for justice and equity in the distribution of relief. Pray that God would touch and soften the hearts of those who might seek to benefit from this crisis by hoarding necessary food and supplies.
Pray that communication will be restored so that Haitians may speak with relatives and friends in the Port-au-Prince area.
Pray for the families of our staff and clients who may live in the Port-au-Prince area.
Pray for the family of HOPE Haiti intern Obed Daphnis who were in Port-au-Prince at the time of the earthquake.
Pray for HOPE Haiti director David St. Hilaire as he attempts to travel back into the country today. Pray for safety in travel and for wisdom upon his return.
Pray that God would be revealing Himself to the people of Haiti even in the midst of this tragedy.
For those who would like to contribute financially, HOPE will work with our partner Esperanza International to identify the most effective way to impact the people of Haiti in the aftermath of this tragedy. You may contribute here.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Many of us feel helpless on how to help in Haiti. We want to make sure any funds or other resources are really used to help the intended people. I wanted to post information from an organization that I know can be trusted and has ongoing operations already in Haiti. I received this email from Hope International (Peter Greer - author of "The Poor Will be Glad") earlier today: