Emergency teams deployed

By January 14, 2010

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.

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