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Scene in Les Cayes in Southwest Haiti after an earthquake struck on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. Courtesy of Hope for Haiti

As the world witnesses the humanitarian crisis occurring in Haiti, after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that crippled an already vulnerable nation, the Virginia Conference is providing the following resources to help the church’s effort to assist the Haitian people. 

Bishop’s Statement: Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis 

Pray

Remember to keep Haiti and the people in your prayers. Join the prayer vigil for the Haitian people scheduled for August 26, 2021, Thursday at 7 pm. 

Prayer vigil is being led by members of the Virginia Conference who joined in previous mission trips to Haiti. 

Prayer vigil will be premiered on VAUMC Facebook page and YouTube channel

A Prayer for Haiti, Discipleship Ministries, January 15, 2010 – Click here

Prayer Meditation for the People in Haiti, January 21, 2010 – Click here

Or send a prayer to serving@vaumc.org to share with the churches in the annual conference. 

Give
UMCOR International Disaster Relief Fund (#982450) – 100 percent of what is sent to the UMCOR Disaster Relief Fund will aid the recovery effort in Haiti. Please send the fund directly to UMCOR or use the online giving option below. You may also send the funds to the Conference Business office. Please write UMCOR International Disaster in memo

Online giving to UMCOR Disaster Relief FundClick here

VAUMC Disaster Relief to Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti – This fund will help the churches of EMH directly impacted by the earthquake to help their recovery. This fund will also be used to provide food, water filters, kits, and traps directly to people in the circuits (districts) impacted. Send a check to the Conference Office, PO Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA 23058, or donate online.
Online donation link – Virginia Conference donation portal – Click here and then click on the Haiti link.

Collect Medical Supplies

The Virginia Conference is partnering with “Food for the Poor” who are gathering medical items to be shipped to Haiti with no cost. Upon arrival in Haiti, the Haitian Methodist Church (EMH) will handle distribution in areas where needed.

Needed items include:

  • Braces
  • Splints
  • Slings
  • Crutches
  • Walkers
  • Bandaging materials (unopened)
  • Antiseptics
  • Moist towelettes
  • Antiseptic swabs
  • Water purification tablets
  • Nutritious power bars
  • Unexpired (to within 6 months) useful in treating diarrhea, abdominal pain, and infection; pain relievers (non-opioids) like aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen; and other meds that could be useful in adults and children who lack good nutrition, including multiple vitamins.

Drop off at Grace UMC (9750 Wellington Rd., Manassas, VA 20110), by September 10, 2021.

Contact person: Chris and Bill Lowe
Email:  Haitianatheart@yahoo.com
Phone:  (703)772-9621; (703)217-2248

Shared by the Rev. Jack Martin:

The following are instructions from Food for the Poor, the shipping organization:

All items must be sealed tightly in cardboard boxes and clearly labeled directly on the box (magic marker) with the following recipients (no stick-on labels):

Rony Seraphim (509/4876-2257)
David Draeger (phone: USA number 812/890-6145; Haitian number 509/3638-9991)
Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti

You may want to put out the word in your community for free moving boxes. Wardrobes work well for crutches and walkers.

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