Posted by: morgan1965 | January 15, 2010

Jesus and the Disinherited in Haiti

I just returned home to West Virginia from Israel on Thursday, January 14, 2010. While tarrying in Jerusalem, I heard the news about the devastating earthquakes in Haiti. The television images were difficult to watch because of the terrible destruction and loss of life. So, I prayed.

While in Jerusalem I prayed for the people of Haiti. I thought about Jesus and the disinherited people of the world, among them the people of Haiti. There has been a staggering loss of life. Those who survived the quakes are in need of resources – food, water, shelter, health care, rescue teams and equipment. Many nations are responding to this human crisis.

I invite you first to be in prayer for the people of Haiti:

God of all creation, we turn our hearts and our cry to you in the midst of the devastation in Haiti, our neighbor to the south. The people of Haiti seemingly are a disinherited people, but we know that they are your people, our brothers and sisters. We know that you love them even as you love us.

Oh God, the storms of life are raging in Haiti. We ask that you will stand by the people of Haiti in the midst of crisis. Grant them courage to know that Jesus will bring calm to this storm, just as he calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee.

We pray for the people who have died and their families. We pray for the injured and the dying. We pray for the homeless. We pray that this day, gracious God that you will provide the bread of faith, hope and love for the people of Haiti. We pray for all relief workers.

Enable the hands of Haiti’s neighbors to be helping hands in the provision of the resources need in the massive relief effort. Amen

I am asking the churches of the West Virginia Annual Conference to receive offerings for Haiti over the next few weeks. Gifts marked “Haiti Disaster 2010” can be sent to the Conference Treasurer, or individuals may send gifts directly to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) {UMCOR.com} Let us give not out of our wealth, but out of our understanding of what it means to experience a disaster. Let us give generously.

Note: For detailed information about current events in Haiti, go to UMC.org.

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