Two years ago: The Haiti Earthquake

Pierre Michel repairs a wall outside the Methodist Guest House in Port-au-Prince.  Photo courtesy UMNS. 

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson encourages church to send a mission team to Haiti.

Two years ago today (January 12, 2010) the terrible news came about the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Three United Methodist staff from the General Board of Global Ministries were there at the time: Clint Rabb, Sam Dixon and Jim Gulley.  Sadly Clint and Sam died from injuries incurred during the destruction of the earthquake.  Jim Gulley has dedicated much of his ministry to relief work in Haiti ever since.
I am proud to say that the United Methodist Committee on Relief is still working hard in Haiti two years later.

At first they provided emergency relief supplies and recovery efforts.  Cynthia Fierro Harvey, the UMCOR Deputy General Secretary reports that our UM dollars have been providing housing, educational opportunities, community-based health care, employment, and rebuilding capacity for development. The work is far from finished and the UMC will stay there as long as they are needed.
I will be taking some cabinet members from both the Pen Del and the EPA Annual Conferences in September to aid in the construction work that UMCOR has organized.  Teams are needed to work there every week.  Perhaps you and your church might consider sending a team for a week or send funds to help support teams that are working there.
Two years from now it is my prayer that Haiti will be closer to full restoration and that God’s love can be expressed through our ministry.
For more information on sending a Volunteers in Mission Team to Haiti, contact Ben Botti, bbbotti@verizon.net or (267) 261-3714     
or for information on Northeast Jurisdiction Volunteers in Mission, contact Greg Forrester (UMVIMNEJ@twcny.rr.com(607) 756-7799