Worldwide news coverage of a 7.0 earthquake that hit southwest Haiti on Tuesday has been aired. Southern Nazarene University (SNU) Alumnus, J.K. Warrick, General Superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene and several others traveling with him arrived in Haiti for district assemblies just hours ahead of the devastating earthquake and have reported to be unharmed.
Dr. Warrick has issued a call for Nazarenes around the world to pray and respond immediately and generously to the needs of nearly 110,000 Haitian Nazarenes.
Photo credit NCNnews, Church of the Nazarene
“In a globalized world, it's not surprising that we have connections to that area, said Dr. Loren Gresham, President of Southern Nazarene University. “Howard and Barbara Culbertson were missionaries there for a number of years. Curt Luthye, our grad from the 90s, is the Work and Witness coordinator for the Caribbean Region of the Church of the Nazarene and will be very involved in the recovery. Jennifer Lester, recent grad and employee in our SNU Admissions Office, is assigned as a volunteer missionary in the Caribbean regional office in Miami, and will be involved in coordinating relief and work as well.”
The magnitude 7.0 quake - the most powerful to hit Haiti in a century - struck shortly before 5 P.M. Eastern Time and was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) southwest of Port-au-Prince, the United States Geological Survey reported. It could be felt strongly in eastern Cuba, more than 200 miles away, witnesses said.
"The earth became like an angry ocean - it was quite a ride," stated Warrick in Haiti.
"We drove around the city of Petion-ville (Tuesday evening) where the Nazarene seminary campus is located. Large buildings have collapsed and there are thousands of people in the streets," Warrick reported.
"They were using headlights to look into the rubble of a Catholic church and a four story grocery store. The search for trapped victims and bodies has hardly begun. It is heart- wrenching to see the devastation and to know of the suffering of the people here," Warrick added.
Warrick issued this call for help - "Nazarenes everywhere need to rally to the needs of Haiti. This is the time for action. I plead with our people to respond with prayers, financial gifts, and other types of assistance as may be appropriate. I am sure it will be worse in the daylight."
Persons and churches wishing to make a donation can mark their checks "Caribbean Disaster Response ACM1204" and mail them to the Global Treasury Services, PO Box 843116 Kansas City, MO 64184. In Canada, checks should be made payable and sent to the Church of the Nazarene Canada, 20 Regan Road, Unit 9, Brampton, Ontario L7A 1C3. Online giving is available at ncm.org.
--Board of General Superintendents
Wed, January 13, 2010
by Eunice Trent