United Methodists stand with Haitians

This is the first morning of the Haitian earthquake tragedy and the devastation and loss of life in this impoverished neighbor are yet to be tallied. We know the suffering will be enormous. Material well-being was already lacking and now it will be even worse.

Our prayers and our commitment in the form of material assistance and our hands working with them to assess, relieve and rehabilitate the broken land will be needed into the long-term future.
No sooner had we at United Methodist Communications discussed our goal of providing United Methodists and others with timely, relevant information than this tragedy occurred. We assembled a team to provide coverage and they posted their first story shortly after the earthquake.

As I write early the next morning we are proceeding with relevant coverage. The United Methodist Church and its counterpart in Haiti have a long relationship of working together for the well-being of the people and the strengthening of the church. We are aware of mission teams from the U.S. who were in Haiti at the time of the quake and staff of the General Board of Global Ministries and its United Methodist Committee on Relief were in country for a meeting. And many of us have friends and relatives in the country, some of whom even after the long hours of this first night have not been heard from.

We will continue to develop reporting on the church’s relief, rehabilitation and long-term development efforts in Haiti. We invite you to help in the effort to inform others who are concerned by sending us pertinent information, photos, first person accounts and contacts.

We are on Twitter, Facebook and umc.org in addition to working the telephones. In tragedies such as this, the strength of the connectional system of The United Methodist Church stands out as a remarkably precious asset. Together we cannot only inform each other, but we can join hands with others to ease the great suffering that the Haitian people are certain to experience.

I invite you to follow our on-going coverage on umc.org and to share pertinent information with us so we may pass it along in this network of compassion and concern.
May we all keep the people of Haiti in our prayers.

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