Help for Haiti

Aug. 16, 2021

Prayers for Haiti and the Haitian Brethren

The Church of the Brethren extends its prayers on behalf of our Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ due to the devastating earthquake that hit the island nation on Saturday. We mourn for the loss of life, shelter, and basic needs, and are deeply concerned for the impending tropical storm. Heavy rains were forecast for today.

Our church staff will continue to assess with Haitian Brethren leadership how we can be helpful beyond our prayers. Today, a $5,000 grant was approved from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund, on the recommendation of Brethren Disaster Ministries. It will support the early relief efforts of L’Eglise des Freres d’Haiti (the Church of the Brethren in Haiti) to provide emergency food, shelter, and medical care.

The earthquake’s epicenter was near Saint-Louis-du Sud, where the Haitian church and Brethren Disaster Ministries responded to hurricane damage and rebuilt many homes--those continue to stand after this earthquake. However, the temporary building of a new church plant in Saut Mathurine along with the homes of some members were destroyed, some church members have been injured, and one is reported to have died.

To give in support of this initial grant and to financially support planning for further disaster relief in Haiti as a collaboration of Brethren Disaster Ministries and the Haitian church, go to www.brethren.org/bdm/give. Choose “Emergency Disaster Fund” and note “Haiti earthquake” in the box.

David Steele
General Secretary
Church of the Brethren

Severe Damage

Haiti has experience significant damage from the recent 7.2 earthquake and is now facing additional disaster from a severe storm.