Haiti disaster needs our response
By Judi Wiegman
Watching on TV and reading the articles online give us a small glimpse into the horrific disaster that has fallen on the small impoverished island country of Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Most of its population survives on less about $380.00 per year. About 80 percent of Haiti is Roman Catholic, but a large number of Haitians practice the ancient customs of voodoo.
Since 1948, the Church of the Nazarene has worked in this country and to date there are over 110,000 Nazarenes; the largest groups of Nazarenes outside the US.
For several years I worked for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, a division of the International Headquarters for the Church of the Nazarene. While working there, I learned that there are many organizations that reach out when a disaster such as this hits anywhere in our world. The unique structure of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries is that 100 percent of the money coming in for a designated project, such as this, goes out for that project 100 percent.
There has been a project number assigned to this huge disaster and this vehicle is a very safe way to send help where it is so desperately needed at this time.
$10.00 provides a gallon of cooking oil
$60.00 provides 100 gallons of clean bottled water.
Caribbean Disaster Response ACM1204
Global Treasury Services
PO Box 842116
Kansas City, MO 64184
It is interesting to note that during this week the Church of the Nazarene was scheduled to hold its Eleven District Assemblies in Haiti. General Superintendent, Rev. J.K. Warrick, arrived in Haiti just hours before the quake. He stated, “The earth became like an angry ocean—it was quite a ride.”
“They were using headlights to look into the rubble of a Catholic church and a four story grocery store. The search for trapped victims and bodies has hardly begun. It is heart-wrenching to see the devastation and to know of the suffering of the people here,” Warrick added.
He and those with him have already been airlifted back to the States. They are shaken by what they experienced in Haiti and encourage all of us to pray and reach out to this country.