Haiti – One Year After the Devastation
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the 2010 earthquake in
“We pledge to work with you to strengthen the livelihoods, shelters, education, and health of the Haitian people; we commit ourselves to stand beside you as we navigate the holistic recovery of body, mind, and spirit, so that all Haitians may not just survive but thrive,” Melissa Crutchfield, UMCOR executive for International Disaster Response, told a gathering led by the Protestant Federation of Haiti, in
The Haitian government again revised the death toll from the quake. Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said that more than 316,000 had been killed in the disaster.
General Board of Global Ministries leaders Bishop Bruce Ough, Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, Thomas Kemper, and Rev. Cynthia Harvey recently traveled to
“I hope the people of the Texas Annual Conference will continue to pray for the people of
Called and Committed
Earthquake survivor and UMCOR consultant Rev. Jim Gulley recently reflected in a United Methodist Communications video on the work he’s done in
Reflecting on his time trapped with his colleagues Rev. Sam Dixon and Rev. Clint Rabb – who were posthumously named United Methodists of the Year in December – Gulley said they prayed and sang through the final hours of the lives of his colleagues and friends. Since that time, he’s also met the owner of the hotel, who was trapped for 100 hours.
“Anytime we think of our own situation and how difficult it was, there’s someone there whose life has been affected even more radically than our own,” said Gulley. Gulley commended the
“There is more work going on than sometimes meets the eye on the television screen,” Huie said. “The television picks up the worst. “It is difficult to overstate the challenges of rebuilding in Haiti…The brightest spot in all this, that I saw, is through the Methodist Church of Haiti, United Methodist Volunteers [Partners] In Mission and UMCOR, the people of the UMC and the efforts of volunteers, several smaller projects should be completed by the end of January.”