UMCOR Staff and the People of Haiti Still Need Prayers and Gifts
January 16, 2010—Two of three staff members of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) trapped for days under the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, are back in the United States. The Rev. James Gulley, a consultant to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) returned to his home in Colorado on the evening of January 15. The Rev. Clint Rabb, director of the volunteers in mission office, was receiving medial attention at the North Broward Medical Center in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He was being treated in an intensive care unit for traumatic wounds sustained when a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti on January 12.
There was no confirmed information on the status of the Rev. Sam Dixon, director of UMCOR, since the morning of January 15, when he was reported alive but trapped.
At a staff meeting yesterday, Bishop Joel Martinez, interim general secretary of Global Ministries, offered a prayer of thanksgiving: "We celebrate and thank God for the miraculous word in the middle of the night." He continued, "Even in our joy we pray for the people of Haiti as they face the hours and days ahead."
UMCOR is mobilizing its resources and in cooperation with its partners is preparing to be on the ground to deliver direct relief to earthquake survivors in Haiti by early next week. Gifts to support UMCOR's Haiti Relief efforts can be made to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. CChecks can be made to UMCOR with "Advance #418325 - Haiti Emergency" in the memo line. Checks can be put in the church's offering plate or mailed to: UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087.
One hundred percent of gifts made to this Advance project will go to help the people of Haiti.