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Faithful Help for Haiti
Interested in donating to relief efforts in Haiti? Several faith-based relief agencies are taking up collections right now:
Catholic Relief Services has people on the ground in Haiti already and hopes to get $5 million to the Caribbean country for aid. To donate: Call 877/HELP-CRS or text "relief" to 30644. Donate online or send a check to: Catholic Relief Services, PO Box 1709, Baltimore Md. 21203-7090
Baptist Global Response says that in the beginning, Baptists from Florida will head relief efforts. Donate online or mail checks to: Baptist Global Response, 402 BNA Drive Suite 411, Nashville, TN 37217
Islamic Relief USA has pledged $1 million in aid, which will be sent in coordination with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Donate online, call 888/479-4968 or send checks payable to “Islamic Relief USA” to: Islamic Relief USA, P.O. Box 5640, Buena Park, CA, 90622.
The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has collected many other faith-based giving opportunities at its online ServantMatch.
A Haiti outreach which sprang from Spotsylvania Presbyterian Church’s mission projects in Haiti is also taking donations. You can mail checks to: Haiti Outreach Ministries, c/o Ruby Butler, 3100 Glenoa Rd., Richmond, Va. 23223
And the Presbyterian Church (USA) offers this prayer for Haiti:
We pray for Haiti
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As the eyes of the world turn to Haiti, let us join our hearts in prayer:
God of compassion
Please watch over the people of Haiti,
And weave out of these terrible happenings
wonders of goodness and grace.
Surround those who have been affected by tragedy
With a sense of your present love,
And hold them in faith.
Though they are lost in grief,
May they find you and be comforted;
Guide us as a church
To find ways of providing assistance
that heals wounds and provides hope
Help us to remember that when one of your children suffer
We all suffer
Through Jesus Christ who was dead, but lives
and rules this world with you. Amen.
(Adapted from Book of Common Worship)