I am so encouraged to see the response by the church in general to this horrific situation.
Most powerful I believe are those Christian organizations that were on the ground BEFORE the earthquake, doing relief work. They are less hampered by organization and transportation and basic supply issues.
Our local news and other coverage has highlit the Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Blessing, a seminary of some kind, and local pastors with orphanages. Tonight we saw a local obviously Christian family who had three adopted Haitian kids, and a 7th day Adventist church preparing to send a team of 20 apparently Haitian members.
Our small denomination had a missionary and a visiting pastor there already doing mission work. They were critical in pulling several teenage girls out from a collapsed school today. They had the manpower and equipment, already there, not needing to be flown in and set up.
The Red Cross, although not a Christian organization, seems to be prominently involved as well. Also a local organization of RNs is gathering together volunteer nurses.
I was proud to see our poor state getting it together to send a specially trained team of rescue and medical personnel with trained dogs; also local techies organizing sites to help with identification of victims/survivors and map work for relief agencies.
Better to have been there in advance; and more help is on the way. Godspeed to all of them.
“Our small denomination had a missionary and a visiting pastor there already doing mission work. They were critical in pulling several teenage girls out from a collapsed school today.”
Thank God for those in His service down there. I am familiar with World Vision that has 130+ folks in Haiti. They were out immediatly delivery the medical supplies they have on-hand to the various hosptials. A large shipment of supplies from their warehouse in Denver is scheduled for arrival Friday morning. I hope they can get in.
Prayers for these workers in country as they help others, while they no doubt have their own troubles with damaged/destroyed homes, hurt or missing loved ones, etc.
World Vision, a fine Christian relief group has 300+ people on the ground in Haiti.