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Prayers for Haiti

January 15th, 2010

Haiti earthquake response miniblogThe EMU community is sending prayers to the people of Haiti and offering support for relief efforts in the wake of 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010.

Collections around campus and during athletic events have netted more than $5,600 for earthquake relief so far. Visit EMU’s Haiti response home page for info on upcoming response events like prayer vigils and open forums.

Share your prayers below.

9 Responses to “Prayers for Haiti”

  1. Kurt Ferdinand,

    We great all of you with thanks and warm heart

    Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou! Together we are strong!

    We would like to thank everyone for your prayers and support. I want to let you know that Laura is part a team that Mennonite Central Committee is sending to do a community needs assessment. She knows the Haitian culture very well and very fluent in Haitian Creole. She is a Nurse and has Masters in Public Health. This is of part of the work that will inform plans for short term and longer term assistance redevelopment.

    My family is doing okay now. After the quake most people fled Port-Au-Prince .My sisters and my brothers have 70 people in their house. We are very thankful to have them. But it is very frustrating, and difficult to feed them every day. My parents, when they were alive, always cooked for over 20 people each day. However, because of food shortage and high prices no one is getting enough. Those people some have lost houses and jobs after the quake.

    We would like to thank everyone who sent email phone calls, especial thanks to EMU Community Faculty and staff, Community Mennonite Church, A Bowl of Good, Patrick Eugene director of Chemed La vie” and , Friends from all over the world that been to ask if we are okay. From our hearts we would like to thank you.

    Please continue to pray for us, it is a long term process.

    My father Albert used to say “ Men anpil, chay pa lou” = Having many hands, the load is not heavy

    God bless you all

    Kurt Ferdinand and Bessie

  2. Carmen Schrock-Hurst,

    Excerpt from Sunday’s sermon at Immanuel Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg VA

    “I invite you this week to find some specific ways to pray for Haiti. When you drink water, pray for those with no water. When you eat your meals, pray for food for those who have no food. When you go to bed at night remember the Haitians sleeping on the street. When you take your vitamins or pills in the morning pray for the doctors giving medical care and for people living with immense pain who have no access to pain killers. When you hug a child pray for the orphans of Haiti. And when you drive, pray that the God who parted the Red Sea would somehow make a way for supplies to get through to the people who most need them.”

  3. Kurt Ferdinand,

    Dear Friends:

    Thank you for you show of concern in light of the earthquake that devastated my home county of Haiti. My immediate family in Cap Haitian are okay. We just received word that my cousin and her family, who live in Carre Foure, a suburb of Port-au-Prince and near the epi-center, are physical okay. One of her daugthers had to be pulled from the rubble, but is unharmed. They are, however, traumatized by the earthquake and the extent of the devastation it has caused. There remains an immediate need for food, water and medical supplies. Although some areas are receiving bottled water and food, many areas still remain without any aid. The infrastructure of the country has totally collapsed and getting food and water distributed everywhere there is a need poses a major challenge. My close friends in Port-au-Prince have sent word they are okay, but are hungry. Reports from MCC and CRS (both organizations my wife Laura Quass worked with) are that the immediate staff members and their families have survived the earthquake. We continue to wait for updates and information on family and friends. Thank you for you thoughts and prayers. Please continue to pray for Haiti and those working to bring relief to the country, as recovery will be a long term endeavor.

    Thank you,
    Kurt Ferdinand

  4. Roger Foster,

    Felt compelled to pass this along.

    The author is a member of the UCC Writer’s Group.

    Author’s note: In Seattle, where I live, a February 28, 2001 earthquake measured 6.8 on the Richter scale. In Seattle there was property damage, but no loss of life. The January 11, 2010 earthquake in Haiti measured 7.0 on the same scale.

    Holy One, we your theologians have our categories. We name some things — earthquakes, twisters, hurricanes — as “natural evil.” Beyond our control. Other things — war, murder, genocide, we name, “human evil.” We would like to things to stay in their boxes, to fit our categories. As we look into the bruised and broken faces of our Haitian brothers and sisters, we know they don’t, not really. Two earthquakes of almost the same magnitude have had such different effects. In Seattle, we were shook up and our earthquake-proofed buildings were set swaying. In Haiti everything in sight has fallen down and tens of thousands of human beings have been crushed. Lord, it’s not just beyond-our-control, “natural evil” that’s happened this week. The brick-hard truth is that the Haitian earthquake has been so devastating because it has been piled on top of years of poverty and corruption, exploitation and indifference. Grant that we may hear, in the cries of the grieving, the lamentations of your prophets. Grant that in their suffering, we might discern your summons to repentance, your call for a more just human order. Strengthen the rescuers, uphold the grieving, sustain the weary, and cause the money and aid now given to speedily reach those in deepest need, in Christ’s name. Amen.

    — Anthony B. Robinson

    Also learned that Sam Dixon, head of UMCOR, did not survive the earthquake. As one friend said, Thank God for his life work of self-giving love.

  5. Phil Helmuth,

    I have a first cousin, Barb, and her husband, Patrick Lataillades (a native of Haiti), who were living in Port-au-Prince at the time of the earth quake. Both were injured when their home collapsed. Barb laid on the sidewalk outside their home for 18 hours with a broken foot and without medical attention until someone recognized her and took her to the hospital for treatment. Patrick was trapped under the rubble for nearly 22 hours with a broken arm, broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Both were treated and released to a shelter.

    Tonight, they are both in a Miami hospital where they underwent surgery on Friday to amputate Barb’s right lower leg and Patrick’s entire right arm. She appears to be recovering well. Patrick, however, remains in critical condition and on a ventilator.

    Please pray for Barb and Patrick and the many who do not have access to medical treatment.

  6. Allon Lefever,

    Dear God, our hearts are torn in sorrow as we see the suffering of your people in Haiti. Grate them your calming spirit in the midst of their strife, and give us the compassion to aid them in relief and recovery. We know the good spirit of these people, and pray for their survival of hope and spirit. Help us to find meaningful ways to help restore this community.
    (Allon visited and aided poultry operations in Haiti and stayed in the capital city – very impressed by the spirit of the people he met, and the children studing under the street lights at night)

  7. Nicholas Detweiler-Stoddard,

    Divine One, have mercy
    Our ideas are few and our helplessness great
    Cultivate hope–not for us, but in our island neighbors who have suffered long
    Sow comfort, plant healing, nurture recovery

    We can do so little for Repiblik Ayiti, yet move us to give of our insignificance
    Creator, contrast human lack with your abundance
    Transform Haitian pain with your healing
    Divine One, have mercy

  8. Chris,

    Here’s a prayer for Haiti on the MCC Facebook page –

    We come to you this day with our minds and hearts full of images from Haiti – bodies in the streets, unimaginable ruin and people’s horror as they face the loss of loved ones and race to care for survivors.

    Be with those who lost family and friends, those waiting for medical care, food and water and those courageously searching through the remains of buildings and homes. May all feel your presence and your unfailing love.

    As we pray, we lift our words alongside the voices of Haitian people and churches, singing of you on the streets of Port-au-Prince even in the hours after the quake. May we hold the courage of those voices as a lesson. May our hearts join with the people of Haiti in prayer now – and in the weeks and months to come. Amen

    Background: From MCC Executive Director Arli Klassen, on Thursday, Jan. 14. “This morning, my faith was inspired as I read stories of people, in the midst of the devastation of Port-au-Prince, singing and praying to God in the streets. God is present in the midst of catastrophe, and people are singing of God’s presence in the streets. May we join our prayers to those of the people and the churches of Haiti. ‘How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.’” (Psalm 36: 7) (From The New York Times’ description of singing on Jan. 13: “One phrase in Creole could be heard repeatedly … ‘Beni Swa Leternel,’ they sang. ‘Blessed be the Lord.’”)

    More resources at

  9. Marcy Gineris,

    My heart goes out to all those hurt by this disaster. May the Lord hold you and protect you in the days to come. May families be restored and happiness reborn.