Missionary at a loss to know how to pray for disaster-riddled Haiti

By January 14, 2010

Haiti (MNN) — The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rocked Port-au-Prince on Tuesday January 12 only sent tremors through the northern Haitian city of Cap Haitien. But residents there will not remain unaffected by the devastation and the sorrow sweeping the country.

For Haiti With Love is in Cap Haitien and was blessed with the safety of all their staff members. The ministry now is preparing to provide support for refugees who are leaving the ruin of Port-au-Price behind and seeking shelter farther north.

Eva DeHart of For Haiti said this is exactly what they did when Gonaives experienced massive flooding. "People will make it to Cap Haitien. So we will do our best to be ready and serve those people who make it north," she said. Their aid will come mostly in the form of food.

Last Friday and Sunday, For Haiti received two shipments of food, which means a larger inventory on hand to help a greater number of people.

DeHart said taking care of the people dealing with these disasters is a big priority: "No one else is going to be focused on the north. So I think our responsibility to the people is to stay focused and help where we are with the problems that they're having."

As they minister in Cap Haitien, For Haiti will seek to infuse the hope of Christ into a situation which appears so hopeless.

With all the previous disasters Haiti has endured, funding was already short; now there is no way of accessing those funds since nothing is going in or out of the capital.

"It's like your worst nightmare: you've got the major hub of the country with all of the communication centers totally destroyed," DeHart said.

Now more than ever, Haiti needs your help. Prayer is needed, but it's difficult to know where to begin. "I don't know how to pray. This thing is really, really mindboggling," DeHart said, breaking into tears. "I don't know."

Pray for God to give the For Haiti team renewed strength as they address the overwhelming needs. Pray for the hearts of each individual affected, especially for those who have lost family or loved ones.

Click here to help For Haiti with funding.

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