Prayers for Haiti
United Methodist Women members are responding to needs since the Haiti earthquake.
The first line of response is prayer. We continue in prayer for the people of Haiti, their families around the world and for our own mission teams and General Board of Global Ministries colleagues who have not been heard from at the time of this report. United Methodist Women members and staff also have family members whom they have not been able to contact and they are very present in our prayers.
United Methodist Women members are also on the move. Women are giving to the Advance, (#418325) as United Methodist Women supplemental giving. Members can also designate supplementary giving for our work with grassroots partners like MADRE or MUDHA (Mujeres Dominico Haitianas). MUDHA will be entering Haiti through the Dominican Republic.
In the urgency of the moment, recovery funding can bypass grassroots women who are critical long-term partners to the success of relief efforts. Our support of local women’s organizations can help them be at the table when recovery efforts are being planned.
In the coming weeks and months we will also be working with coalition partners to seek Temporary Protection Status for Haitian people living in the United States. This would provide temporary immigration status. While this was not offered following the 2008 hurricanes, it appears that the scale of devastation from the Jan. 12 earthquake will make the United States’ granting this status even more urgent.
Another welcome response by members of United Methodist Women is the assembling of kits to replace those in United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) depots that will go to Haiti right away. Your work in this area allows UMCOR to respond immediately when disaster strikes.
United Methodist Women will be at work in Haiti for a long time. United Methodist Women Regional Missionary Serna Samuel, working in the Caribbean region, is in conversation with the Methodist Church of Haiti to assess needs and help us formulate additional plans for assistance. We support this work through Mission Giving.
We will keep you up to date on these plans and by the time we study Haiti during the summer of 2011 School of Christian Mission, United Methodist Women will be in a whole new place to work with the women, children and youth of Haiti. In the meantime, let us work and pray and give generously.