January 19, 2010
Alliance Response to Haiti Earthquake
The Alliance family has quickly responded to the crisis in Haiti after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the capital city of Port-au-Prince on January 12. CAMA, the Alliance relief and development arm, is providing immediate assistance—including clean water, emergency shelter, medical aid, and other necessities—as well as long-term help in rebuilding efforts, integrating Jesus’ message of redemption with practical acts of compassion. The generosity of Alliance people continues to pour in, with more than $135,000 contributed to relief efforts less than a week after the quake hit. Praise God for His provision, and may He abundantly bless those who give.
From the Haitian District
The following quotes are from Rev. Jean R. Jean, president of the Haitian South Association and formerly from the Port-au-Prince area, and Rev. Rev. Emmanuel Seide, president of the Haitian North Association.
Rev. Jean: The U.S. government has provided a way for families in Haiti to make one phone call to a relative in the United States to let them know that they are safe. In the call from one relative, I learned that my family members are well; however, one sister-in-law has a broken leg. All of the Alliance-connected churches that my Florida church family works with in Haiti have fallen down as a result of the earthquake. I hope to provide aid to these hurting Haitian churches through the efforts of our CAMA Services and the funds donated by Alliance constituents.
Rev. Seide: On behalf of the Haitian Association, I want to thank you (the Metropolitan District) and the Alliance family for your help and attention given to the catastrophe that happened in Haiti. I had a chance to receive information on Pastor Frenel Cevedieu, an official worker of the C&MA who lives in Carrefour Port-au-Prince. He is okay. He started a service, and 30 people gave their lives to Jesus. With the little he has he feeds 300 people.
I contacted all of our pastors in the northern U.S. to learn if the believers had received news of their loved ones. At Peniel Church, Sister Imartha Bruno had five family members die, including her sister, who accepted Christ in the crusade last year when I was in Haiti. She also lost four nieces and their houses were destroyed. Several members of the Peniel Church have immediate family members whose houses were destroyed. Also, several families in the Ebenezer Church lost loved ones in the tragedy. Several Horeb Church members also had loved ones who died or had houses destroyed.
Learn more about how you can partner with Alliance relief efforts: http://www.camaservices.org/
The Alliance Responds to Haitian Disaster
CAMA is gearing up to assist survivors of the 7.0 earthquake that destroyed Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, on January 12. According to a CNN report, the death toll may top 100,000. The hospitals are gone, and medical supplies are desperately needed. About 3 million people—one-third of Haiti’s population—were impacted by the quake.
In partnership with sister organizations already on the ground, CAMA will provide immediate assistance—including clean water, emergency shelter, medical aid, and other necessities—as well as long-term help in rebuilding efforts, integrating Jesus’ message of redemption with practical acts of compassion.
A compassionate response during a disaster tangibly expresses Christ’s love and opens doors for other ministries, says Phil Skellie, CAMA’s president.
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