Thursday, January 14, 2010

Response to Haiti's Earthquake

Due to the devastating earthquake in Haiti on Tuesday, Global Outreach (as well as other departments) has received many emails and phone calls wondering what we as a church are going to do to respond to this. This has been my (and close to the rest of our teams) response all day:

"Thank you for your concern for the people of Haiti. There is no doubt that this is a huge tragedy that is not only affected the Haitians but everyone around the world. Since Haiti is one of the poorest country in the Southern hemisphere, where the average person lives on $1 a day and 80% of the population is below poverty level, people from around the world have joined forces and are on there way to help.

Luckily, Central does not have any field workers in Haiti. We do know some families working in Haiti that are supported by other organizations and have received an email from them stating that they were not physically affected but were definitely mentally and spiritually challenged and have plans to go and help with the relief efforts.

In response to the question "what are we going to do about it?" We, as a church are violently praying that the Lord heals the souls and spirits of those that were and will continue to be affected by the devastating tragedy.

Alos, during our regular weekend services, Central will have boxes this weekend for financial or medical supplies donations for Project C.U.R.E. ( with whom we have a very strong relationship with. Project C.U.R.E. gave us the following list of items that would be most helpful:

  • Band-Aids

  • Gauze

  • Medical tape

  • Baby bottles and baby equipment

  • Baby diapers and wipes

  • Disinfectant and other skin-cleaning products

  • Crutches

  • First aid kits

  • Antibiotic ointments

  • Pain relievers

  • Leg and arm braces

  • Water purification tablets

We encourage you to not only donate materials or finances but to also pray for the people of Haiti and the workers from all the organizations that have gone to help with the relief efforts. Pray for strength and safety and pray the God will make his presence known amidst the wreckage. "

If you have any other questions regarding Central's efforts to aid in the relief of the Haitian people, please email me at