I am praying about how we as a church can be involved in relief efforts in Haiti. Our burden must not be just to provide physical relief, but to help the Gospel go out into Haitian lives. What good will it do if their physcial lives are saved but their souls perish for all eternity? By providing for their physical need, missionaries and pastors will have opportunity to present truth to meet their spiritual needs.
Baptist Mid Mission is a good Bible preaching missions organization which has missionaries in Haiti and already has a Relief fund. Read below for details.
The following two articles are from Baptist Mid Missions web page.
UPDATE: Urgent opportunity to bring relief to Haiti
Media sources have reported up to three million people being affected by Tuesday’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, with estimates of more than 100,000 dead.
The epicenter of the quake was 15-20 miles from where our missionaries, Roy and Ruth Shelpman, reside. We rejoice that we have received communication from both the Shelpmans and our ministry partners in Port-au-Prince. (see article below for more on the Shelpman’s)
Currently, we are doing everything in our power to gather needed information. Plans are in place through Baptist Mid-Missions’ World Relief program to help provide emergency care in-country when travel is feasible. Initial steps will be to provide emergency food, clothing, supplies, and housing and to help repair housing. Dr. Shelpman reports the urgent need to repair and replace the exterior security wall that collapsed during the earthquake, in order to provide safety for their residents.
Your help is vitally needed and enables us to respond with critically needed resources. You can be assured that not only physical needs will be met but spiritual ones as well. For those who are suffering and have no assurance of a personal relationship with Christ, the Haiti World Relief effort will put them in proximity with Christians and churches that will give a distinct gospel witness. And, 100 percent of World Relief gifts go into the relief effort without anything being kept back for Baptist Mid-Missions’ administrative expenses.
If the Lord is challenging you to help bring the compassion and truth of Christ to Haiti, your help will be greatly appreciated. You can also give online through BMM World Relief’s web page, or contact the Administrator for World Relief, Larry Beckman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks may be sent to Baptist Mid-Missions, PO Box 308011, Cleveland, OH 44130, designated “World Relief Haiti.”
On behalf of Baptist Mid-Missions—thank you for your support in prayer and tangible relief.
Shelpmans confirmed safe in Haiti; property severely damaged
Baptist Mid-Missions rejoices to confirm the safety of our missionaries in Haiti, Roy and Ruth Shelpman. In a January 14 e-mail, Dr. Shelpman reported that they had been in their home in Grand Goave (approximately 20 miles from the epicenter) when the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck on January 12, 2010.
Sensing that the building would not endure the severity of the ongoing tremors, they and the other residents of their dwelling vacated the house. At approximately 2:30 AM, a severe tremor occurred, and they heard the house go down. Exterior walls around their property and half of their sea wall also collapsed.
They are gradually digging out valuable items from their home. Thankfully, Dr. Shelpman did not report any personal injuries to the people in their immediate residence. They plan to remain in Grand Goave for the present time without attempting to travel to Port-au-Prince, because of the severity of damage to the national highway.
Baptist Mid-Missions also received information via e-mail from Pastor Maxime Pierre-Pierre, a Haitian pastor who lives in Port-au-Prince and serves as representative on behalf of Baptist Mid-Missions in Haiti. Pastor Pierre-Pierre informs us that God kept his family, their house, and their church building safe. He was teaching in a Bible institute when the earthquake hit. The classroom and building where he was teaching suffered damage. Several students were pulled out of the rubble, but two were presumed to be trapped inside.
Pastor Pierre-Pierre reports that they are hearing stories of both miraculous protection and heart-rending loss. Difficulties with phone communication prevent them from being able to confirm the condition of others in their community. They have little access to food, water, or fuel, and they have no electricity. Because of continual aftershocks, he and his family have been sleeping outside since Tuesday.
The Baptist Mid-Missions Crisis Management Team continues to gather credible information. Updates will be posted when available.
Please pray for all involved in addressing this catastrophic event. Baptist Mid-Missions has set up a World Relief project fund to offer physical and spiritual help to those affected in Haiti. To learn more, click here.