Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Haiti Earthquake

EFCA TouchGlobal Crisis Response is responding to the 7.0 earthquake hit an area near Port-au-Prince, Haiti on 1/12/10. Haiti is located in the EFCA Southeast District, and we are coordianting our response with the District and other key partners. There is an EFCA Church Plant in the Port-au-Prince area, but we have not had any reports from Pastor Absolan Joseph.

Raising funds for immediate relief, recovery and other crisis resposne needs is the priority.
Donations can be made via the link to the right, or by mailing to:
EFCA Earthquake Relief #3970
901 E. 78th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55420
Note #3970 in the check memo line.

Damage reports are still coming in, but it appears to be a major crisis. CNN is stating that a devastating 7.0 earthquake hit the capital city of Port-au-Prince Haiti about 5 PM EST Tuesday afternoon, with upwards of 24 additional aftershocks recorded throughout the evening with some aftershocks reaching 5.9 on the Richter scale. Many government buildings including the Presidential Palace have collapsed, trapping workers and leaving many people unaccounted for. Homes, hotels, hospitals and other buildings including U.N. installations have collapsed or sustained severe damage. Thousands are unaccounted for and are feared dead or trapped beneath the rubble.

Port-au-Prince has an estimated population of 2-3 million people. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, with 80% of the population living below the poverty line and 50% of the population living in abject poverty.

4 comments:

Doug Tobin said...

Mark, our prayers are with Haiti and Pastor Joseph, so keep us informed how we can best help/partner with relief.

Rick Coplin said...

My name is Rick Coplin. I am 61. I have been blessed to do missions in many places around the world. I truly feel called to get to Haiti immediately.

I am a member of EV Free of the Conejo Valley, Newbury Park, California. I have done missions in Cuba x4, Guatemala x8, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, Mexico and more.

I am praying that it is God's will for me to leave soon and minister His good news in Haiti. I know that if He sends me, He will accomplish impossible things as I have seen Him do them many times on different mission trips.

I know this may not be the forum, but I am reaching out for financial assistance to get these hands and feet into service in Haiti quickly. My pastor is Steve Larson, and my good friend and worsip pastor is John Evans.

Yes, there is a need to provide relief in the form of food, shelter, medical aid, etc. but, now, more than ever we need to provide HOPE. Hope in the form of Jesus Christ and His good news.

My passport is current, my shots are current. I can fly from LA to New York to PAP for $700 one way. I can find a place to stay for $200 a week. I can provide everything else I need. I am asking, yes asking in Jesus' name for your help to get me to Haiti. A pledge of $2,000 would put this experienced evangelist on the ground and in His service.

Please, please, prayerfully consider this request. Contact my pastors for references.

In His Service,
Rick Coplin
653 Lois Avenue
Newbury Park, CA 91320
H 805-498-6041
C 805-795-6041

Anonymous said...

As we live today we never know what can happen tommorow ,as it did in hatiti , the desvastion is bad .but we must keep Hope/Prayers for the people that are missing there love ones.As for our country we help out all who are in need I'm looking forward on going down there to help rebuiltthe homes for the people that have lost them God /Bless The People of Hatiti.Thomas chapman @dhs.gov

Anonymous said...

I too am feeling the Lord call me to Haiti. I have been to the Dominican Republic twice on medical missions and am asking for prayer now that God would open the door and provide the resources for me to be His hands and feet. I aloso pra that he would use me to provide healing and medical care. I am an RN and sincerely wanting to reach out to those suffering in Port Au Prince. Kristi Hartwig. kristi.475@hotmail.com