It’s been over a week since the terrible earth quake in Haiti. As we’ve watched the news unfold it’s like watching a car crash in slow motion. The fact that no one should be surprised when the broken and inadequate infrastructure of such a poor country simply cannot cope with the relief effort doesn’t make it any easier.
There is no news yet of any of the three children sponsored by people at Eb (Jackie’s mum also sponsors a child in Haiti). Like everyone else Compassion has been deeply affected by the disaster. The main Compassion centre has been damaged and work is continuing from the car park. Many of those working are themselves dealing with the loss of loved ones, are homeless and some are injured.
Compassion sponsor 65,000 children in Haiti, and more than 6,000 of them are in the Port-au-Prince area which was the region worst affected.
There is a blog regularly updated on the situation here. It reads;
“Our latest estimates are that about 50 child development centers were seriously hit. We have made contact with more than half of the affected centers and are assessing the immediate needs.
We do not have complete details on the extent or type of damage each center received. However, as a snapshot, in the 28 centers, there were more than:
- 100 deaths
- 40 severely wounded
- 1,200 homes destroyed
- 650 homes damaged
These numbers include children, family members, development center staff and church members.
We continue to work diligently to collect accurate information to share with you; however, this process will take some time, even in regards to the church partners and children outside of Port-au-Prince.”
For those able to give, you can give online through Compassion here and Tearfund here. We are also sending a gift as a church to Tearfund and there will be a box for gifts available again this Sunday.
Money is desperately needed but we also need to pray to one who can act in this chaos and even bring something beautiful from it. Please pray for the situation in Haiti today.
Lord as we come to you today we pray for Haiti.
We pray for our leaders making important decisions with regard to resources.
We pray for the relief agencies and all of those who are working to help those in need.
We pray for the injured that they will receive the medical care that they need.
For the homeless that they will find shelter.
We pray for food and water for the people.
We pray for those who are grieving and for the orphaned children.
We pray for those waiting for news of loved ones.
We pray for your church in Haiti, our brothers and sisters, may they rise up and share your love with this broken nation.
We pray for Compassion, its staff and church partners and the sponsored children and their families.
Bring help and healing to Haiti Lord we pray.
For we ask in the mighty name of Jesus.