Haiti (MNN) ― Haiti's proud capital lies shattered by Tuesday's earthquake, which is being reported as the worst in Haiti in 200 years.
The extent of the damage is unknown since communication lines and electricity are down. Thousands of people are stranded and possibly trapped under the rubble.
Greg Forney with Food For the Hungry says their ministry has had a presence in Haiti since 2008, but they haven't been able to reach everyone to see if they're safe. They have more than 300 staff in the Dominican Republic who can respond and are currently in assessment mode.
"The head of our relief unit is trying to get into Haiti," says Forney. "She might need to go through the Dominican Republic; we're not sure at this point. Communication lines are closed, and we're not sure how we're flying our relief unit in there."
In a country already poor and vulnerable, this catastrophe threatens the lives of countless Haitians. The bright spot is that because of their hardship, there are many groups stationed in or near Haiti. Forney says they're organizing the basics for the inevitable needs: "food, water and intermediate shelter and medical supplies to be able to survive."
One of the unknowns is to what extent port facilities were damaged in Port Au Prince. The devastation is mind-boggling. Rebuilding will be a hard road, physically and spiritually.
Forney urges you to pray. Food for the Hungry will need financial help to support their response. Three million people have been affected. It's a lot of need, and a lot of opportunity for Kingdom building. "Whenever you come alongside people and help them in their time of need, you're opening doors to share the reason for the hope that lies within you and the reason you're reaching out to provide hope and love." You can help. Click here.