Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Prayers for Haiti

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.


- Psalm 46:1-5, NRSV

Like the rest of the world, my heart is breaking as I see the news coming out of Haiti. I cannot begin to comprehend the devastation that has taken place in that poverty-stricken country. What I observe is that a very bad situation just got worse.
I am so grateful for the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/. UMCOR is already receiving donations for relief efforts and will be deploying mission personnel in coordination with local and international relief efforts. I was so impressed that the worship division staff of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship have already posted prayers and other worship resources on their website http://www.gbod.org/worship/ in the aftermath of this horrible natural disaster.
Along with this, I got word through an email newsletter from The United Methodist Church in Indiana that a group of United Methodist volunteers on a mission trip to Haiti have not been heard from since the earth quake. Here's that report:

Nine Hoosier United Methodists serving in Haiti as volunteers-in-mission are have not been heard from after the devastating earthquake yesterday in Haiti. The four are members of the Milroy United Methodist Church and four are members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
These four volunteers were joined by one other volunteer who are working on projects at a Catholic school and orphanage in Fondwa, Haiti two hours south of Port-au-Prince that was hit hard by the quake. They came to Haiti under the auspices of the Family Health Ministries, a faith-based non-profit organization based in Durham, N.C.
Milroy Pastor Valerie Wilson said her church held a prayer vigil this morning for their members in Haiti and for the people of Haiti.

- From Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church
- by Dan Gangler, Director of Communication

I invite you to join me in praying for this team of missionaries, their families, and for all people impacted by the earthquake.
Thank you for being a part of my journey!

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