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Haiti Earthquake Appeal

January 27, 2010 by  
Filed under Wider Church

Powerful earthquake rocks Haiti
A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake and continuing aftershocks have struck southern Haiti, causing mass casualties and many hundreds of suspected deaths.
Early reports indicate that a hospital, the presidential palace and several other buildings have collapsed. The Christian Aid office building collapsed and three people, including Christian Aid staff, had to be rescued from the rubble.  They are shaken but safe.
Extreme poverty in Haiti worsens crisis
Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. An earthquake of this magnitude is of major concern, but it is especially devastating in Haiti, where 85 per cent of the population struggles to survive on little more than £1 per day. Around half of the country’s population are children in need of immediate help. Fears are growing for thousands of people who survived the earthquake that flattened most of Port-au-prince, the Haitian capital, but are now without food, clean water and proper medical care.
Christian Aid has released £100,000 for immediate emergency relief and has launched an emergency appeal for Haiti. Please give what you can. The collection pot for the appeal is in the vestibule.
A prayer for Haiti
Loving God of creation, at this time of devastation we hold before you the people of Haiti. When the damage is unimaginable, and the suffering seems overwhelming, remind us that every person affected is loved, honoured and precious in your sight.
We remember all those who have been hurt; all who have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones. Work through us to bring healing to broken and distorted lives, peace to those who have been thrown into despair, light to those in darkness, and hope to those who fear.
We ask this in the name of Jesus  in whom all life and grace is found.   Amen.

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