A massive earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday, January 12. The epicenter of the quake was located just 10 miles from the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The earthquake measured 7.3 on the Richter scale, and caused the collapse of many buildings on the island nation including at least one hospital.
News reports indicate more than 7,000 bodies may have been buried in one mass grave and that in some areas piles of bodies are being cremated where they lay. Hospital director at General Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Guy LaRoche estimated there were 1,500 bodies piled outside the hospital’s morgue.
Earthquake survivors have started rioting in some areas due to the slow process of getting food, water and medical treatment, but many Christian relief organizations have been quick to respond to Haiti’s desperate need.
Organizations like the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and Convoy of Hope have sent in assessment teams to Haiti to discover the best ways to meet the needs of the earthquake victims.
Operation Blessing has been collecting donations to send relief to Haiti.
Joyce Meyer Ministries, through its Hand of Hope missions group, has partnered with the Haiti-based Christian humanitarian organization Love A Child, to help bring immediate short-term assistance, relief and aid to Haiti including food that was shipped to Haiti by the ministry.
Water Missions International (WMI) is preparing 10 water purification systems to send immediately to Haiti.
Lutheran World Relief is currently accepting donations to provide life-saving assistance in response to the earthquake in Haiti.
Faith and Action has created an emergency relief fund that will work through several Christian humanitarian relief agencies working in Haiti and will also work with the embassy in Washington to determine the greatest areas of need.
Creflo Dollar Global Missions has donated $100,000 to Samaritan’s Purse to provide funding in the non-profit organization’s efforts to rebuild the Haitian communities that were destroyed by this massive earthquake.
As part of the emergency response to the Haitian earthquake, Kids Alive will rescue 50 new Haitian orphans on Monday, bringing them into Kids Alive homes in the Dominican Republic until new group homes can be built for them in Haiti.
Compassion International is accepting cash donations to benefit Haiti at Help Haiti.
World Vision is also providing disaster relief to Haiti.
Conduit Mission, a Christian non-profit organization in Franklin, Tennessee, issued a $25 challenge via their followers on Twitter in the early hours following the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. With the assurance that every penny donated would be used to serve the Haitian people through Restoration Ministries in Jacmel, Haiti, Conduit Mission raised over $76,000 in just two weeks, allowing for over 50,000 pounds of food, water and supplies to be immediately sent to Haiti.
Catholic Relief Services has established a special fund for long-term assistance for the Catholic Church in Haiti.
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