January 13, 2010
As Haiti continues to reel from the largest earthquake to hit the Caribbean in 200 years, the World Evangelical Alliance is urging Christians to pray for survivors and give generously to WEA members engaged in the massive relief and rescue effort.
International Director of the WEA, Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe, said: “Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti as they face the impact of this huge disaster. We are calling upon our entire WEA family to pray for the people of Haiti as they come to grips with the magnitude of this situation. We know there has been a huge loss of life as well as property.”
Tens of thousands of people are feared dead, after the 7.0 magnitude quake toppled buildings across the capital of Port-au-Prince at around 5pm local time on Tuesday.
Among the buildings destroyed by the quake were the presidential palace and the five-storey headquarters of the UN mission in Haiti. The UN said as many as 100 personnel were in the building when it collapsed, and that they have yet to be accounted for. WEA member Tearfund is among the many aid agencies responding to the crisis. It said many people remained trapped under the rubble, while the widespread damage to infrastructure was hampering efforts to bring aid to survivors.
Dr Tunnicliffe continued: “Please pray for the Christians and local churches as they will be on the forefront of responding to the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of hundreds of thousands of people. We would also ask that you would give generously and support the WEA members who are actively involved in responding to the crisis.”
Bishop Gerald A. Seale, General Secretary of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean, said the earthquake has had a devastating impact on the progress made in recent years to develop Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere.
“The social and material gains made in the past two to three years have been totally wiped out by this earthquake,” he said. “As Christian NGOs gear up for a major response in the next few days we need to give sacrificially and pray – pray for the injured and for those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. Pray for all in Haiti dealing with shock and loss. Pray for the responders as they work in trying circumstances to help those most in need. Pray for the Government of Haiti as they seek to respond in conditions that are unprecedented for them. Pray for the pastors and leaders as they minister in these extreme conditions.”
He concluded by quoting the words of Jesus in Luke 18.27, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
World Evangelical Alliance (WEA): World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organizations. The vision of WEA is to extend the Kingdom of God by making disciples of all nations and by Christ-centered transformation within society. WEA exists to foster Christian unity, to provide an identity, voice and platform for the 420 million evangelical Christians worldwide.