International Ministries

Haiti Earthquake Update

January 13, 2010 Journal
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Dear friends,
 
May be the peace of our risen Lord be with you all. We will never be able to thank you enough for your love and support.  This support, of all kinds, has given a purpose to our ministry in Haiti. Without your love for us, we would not be in Haiti. We pray to God for you daily.
 
We are writing this message with heavy hearts. We all know what is going on in Haiti with the monster earthquake that has devastated the country. Since we heard the news, we have not been able to sleep. Around one AM, Kihomi looked into my eyes and said she is now realizing how deeply involved we are in Haiti. Haiti is our country and Haitian people are our people. Our hearts are aching.
 
The capital city of Port-au-Prince has been devastated. We are very concerned about the women, children and the families that are forgotten in this society. Those left out of the Haitian societies who have no status, no diploma, no vehicles, and no homes. Those who are the extreme poor who live in ravines, where TV crews won’t go, where there is no road to drive on or drive through. Those we won't see on TV or read in newspapers. Those families are the heart of Kihomi's ministries. How will they rebuild their lives, send their children back to school, pay the hospital bills, eat? This is a big challenge!  We are calling on all of you to join us in prayer and in responding to these challenges.
 

Am I my brother's keeper? Yes, we are the keepers of our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Haiti is where our hearts are.
 
Yours,
 
Nzunga & Kihomi

 

 

Dear members of Nzunga’s and Kihomi’s support network,

 Haiti in the last two years has gone through political unrest and four hurricanes.  Since the last election the world has marveled how much better things have gotten.  Violence has decreased and efforts to recover from the hurricanes and get development projects underway were hopeful.   Now this terrible earthquake hits.

 Port-Au-Prince is the heart of Haiti.  It is the seat of the government and the main financial / commercial engine of the country.  It is in ruins.  They need everything. 

Below is the initial response from IM that you may have already received. I urge you to prayerfully consider helping them raise funds to meet this challenge. 

 We will keep you updated.

 

Nzunga’s and Kihomi’s Missionary Partnership Team

 

 Missionaries safe after HAITI EARTHQUAKE.

Please pray. Please donate now.

A 7 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. with devastating results. (See http://news.bbc.co.uk/ for details.)
American Baptist missionary families serving in Haiti with International Ministries were in the United States at the time. Steve and Nancy James are returning to Haiti immediately and Nzunga Magudiga and Kihomi Ngweni  are on a planned U.S./Puerto Rico home assignment.
$25,000 in One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) funds will be made immediately available to the Haitian Baptist Convention, IM’s partner in Haiti.
The death toll in affected areas has not yet been determined.  International Ministries, along with our HBC partners are conducting an assessment of the crisis.  Please check our website regularly for updates.  www.internationalministries.org
Haiti, a nation of 9 million people, is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.  It is about the size of Maryland and is on the western half of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.  IM missionaries in the Dominican Republic are safe and report no damage in their areas.
Pray for Haiti and its people.

Emergency donations can be made on the IM website. Go to http://www.internationalministries.org/items/80 or send your check made payable to “One Great Hour of Sharing – Haiti Earthquake Relief” and mail to:
International Ministries
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482