Many of you may be wondering how we can help in the relief efforts for the people of Haiti. Below is a message from Bishop Alexander that may give you some direction:
We are shocked and saddened by the news of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Representatives of many of our parishes have engaged in mission work there and are personally affected by this tragedy.
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori today issued a statement calling for prayers “for those who have died, been injured, and are searching for loved ones.” She urged “your concrete and immediate prayers in the form of contributions to Episcopal Relief and Development.”
In this emergency, our best response as a diocese, as parishes and as individuals is take a few minutes to contribute to Episcopal Relief and Development, the church’s agency already at work in Haiti. All of your dollars will go directly to helping the Haitian people. To give now through ERD’s secure website, click here. You’ll also find information below for mailing your checks and giving over the phone.
Diocesan ERD coordinator Debbie Betsill is in touch with ERD, and the Rev. Debbie Shew, canon for community ministries, is connecting with world mission staff at the Episcopal Church Center. Our office will be gathering information on other efforts to help and will report them as details emerge.
J. Neil Alexander
Bishop of Atlanta
Ø Online: https://www.er-d.org/donate-select.php
Ø By mail: Send check payable to Episcopal Relief and Development to ERD at P.O. Box 7058 Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.
Ø By phone, call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129.
Ø Presiding Bishop’s Statement http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_118405_ENG_HTM.htm
Ø Episcopal NewsService report http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_118410_ENG_HTM.htm
We will take a special offering on Sunday morning for the relief efforts, which will be given through ERD. So you may give directly to ERD on your own or through St. Nicholas. If you wish to give through St. Nicholas, be sure to make checks out to us and write “Haiti Relief” in the memo line.
This is an e-mail I received from a dear friend of mine, who is an Episcopal missionary to Haiti, but happened to be in the U.S. during the earthquake. Please keep her in your prayers as well.
Dear Friends in Christ:
As you can imagine, the last 36 hours have been filled with uncertainty, fear and prayers. I have been trying to work with The Episcopal Church both here in the U.S. and in Haiti (the latter is quite limited contact, of course). And I have not been able to keep everyone updated via email.
Please know that I am putting as much information as possible on my website, www.gointotheworld.net, and using Facebook for other updates. Right now, those are probably the best ways to keep track of what I know.
The good news is that yesterday evening, we were able to hear from two of our missionaries, Mallory Holding and Jude Harmon, and received news of Pere Oge Beauvoir, and his wife, Serette. All have been found and are alive. What happens next for them we don’t know yet.
I have heard from one dear friend, Pere Kesner Ajax, who is attempting to drive from Les Cayes to Port au Prince today to help. We know that the Bishop is alive, and that his wife was injured in the quake. They have lost their home. I do not know the fate of my other colleagues, my friends, my students, my parish or my home. I live and serve in Petion Ville, above Port au Prince. The area has been quite hard hit, but last night I received news that the hotel across the street from my parish is still standing, and that indeed, some visiting missionaries are there right now. But I have not been able to be in contact with those folks, so I’ve no more information on that front.
Also, I do not know what the future holds for me. I desperately want to return to Haiti, to work on the relief efforts. But right now, it seems that at least some of my work is here. Until I am able to speak with Bishop Duracin, I will keep working from the United States.
I ask you to continue praying for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, and to help in any way you can. Episcopal Relief & Development is already sending aid, and will continue to do so for a very long time. It is an excellent aid organization; please give generously to help the people of Haiti. (www.er-d.org)
And know that the Church is alive and well in Haiti, that God is present, and the people, although in desperate need, have not lost hope.
Blessings and peace,
The Rev. Lauren R. Stanley
TEC Appointed Missionary in Haiti