On Aug. 14, a devasting 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti. At present, the death toll is over 1,400 persons with over 5,000 injured. To make matters worse, tropical storm Grace passed over this same area on Tuesday, August 17, with winds and heavy rain causing flooding and mudslides, which has only slowed the emergency response. These events come on top of the crushing poverty, political unrest, and gang violence that have plagued the country for many years.
Haiti is a Mission Area of the Moravian Church with a dozen congregations and is jointly supervised by the Eastern West Indies and Jamaica Provinces.
We have heard from Haitian-Moravian Pastor Vilès Dorsainvil, and he gave us the following account as Hurricane Grace bore down on the island:
“There are 2 Moravian churches that were affected by the earthquake. One is in Jacmel, and the other one is Anse de Nau in the Grand Anse Department. These churches are damaged, and the brothers and sisters from those churches are now in the street looking for shelter. The worst part of this scenario is that hurricane Grace is heading in the same direction. This is a dire situation for the folks in this part of the Island.”
The BMW is currently seeking to wire funds to our brothers and sisters in Haiti to help them purchase emergency supplies. You can help to support all Moravian disaster relief efforts by sending your donations to:
Board of World Mission
1021 Center St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018
You may also make your donation online. Click on the green “Give” link. Please indicate that your gift is for “MDR.”
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