People in Port-au-Prince search for survivors after the earthquake.
Tuesday afternoon a major earthquake struck miles outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti leaving tens of thousands dead and millions displaced. Homes, hospitals, schools, and international relief offices have all been part of the devastation; crumbling to the ground by the strong tremors that shook the country. Aid agencies are working around the clock to provide immediate relief to the thousands buried under concrete and millions suffering from wounds who unless rescued, treated, or given food and water will not survive much longer. You can get Live Updates on the situation at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8460771.stm
Through hold-ups at the airport and all the difficulty associated with coordinating the logistics of such a large scale relief effort we must remain unwavering in our support of the Haitian people and pray that God will rein supreme throughout this situation. God loves the people of Haiti and desires their hearts. The Gospel Coalition blog has a powerful post up called “Does God hate Haiti?” which addresses this issue.
Thousands are left homeless and spend the nights on the streets.
Oxfam has said that ensuring access to clean water for survivors is “probably the most immediate problem to resolve now”. By providing clean water we can stop the spread of waterborne diseases that otherwise will reek havoc on the population.
Now is the time for the Church to come together and respond to the disaster in Haiti. It is time for us to put actions to our words and reach out to the suffering. In this moment we have a unique opportunity to be direct vessels of that love to the people of Haiti in their time of immediate need. Many of us probably feel helpless in the wake of such disaster. We desire to help, but simply do not know what to contribute.
Donate: There are many wonderful organizations that are doing work on the ground. One of those is Water Missions International. Water Missions has 10 Water Systems being sent that can provide clean water for 50,000 people. There are full time WMI staff members on the ground in Port-au-Prince and numerous ministry partners that will help operate the systems. Here is a news report from yesterday. You can donate to Water Missions International’s disaster relief effort on their website. http://www.watermissions.org .