All posts tagged "Disaster relief"

Jesus in Haiti – After the Earthquake


By John Piper of Desiring God Do you consider safety, or your health, A sign from me? I am not awed by might, nor struck by wealth, Or poverty. O, I am struck! And crushed. Buried, I wince, And dying, pray, A sympathetic Priest in Port-au-Prince, Even today. But there, in those United States the boot Is on my face. “Saul, Saul,” I ask, “Why do you persecute And not embrace?” Your King, I lift my arms to you in peace And patient grief; And summon now to Haiti enemies For my relief.


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“It looks like hell on earth.”


“It looks like Dante’s inferno. There are dead bodies everywhere. It is hell on earth,” said Mike Henry, one of our Cross International project officers who experienced yesterday’s 7.2-Magnitude earthquake in Haiti. Mike was at our Port-au-Prince office when the earthquake hit. He told us there was damage to water pipes, the power is out, and he could hear screams throughout the city, but thankfully none of the staff inside the building was injured. Mike has moved to a different location to work with our ministry partners to assess the need and provide whatever help he can. He is living out of his car and he says they have plenty of water right now but food is running short. He is nearby the destroyed Hotel Montana and he says that, by the looks of things, it is one of the hardest hit areas. The current picture is grim, with scores of people wandering the streets, wailing for dead or missing relatives, and seeking medical care in makeshift tent clinics because the hospitals have been crushed. No numbers yet on casualties, which are expected to be in the thousands, but news is trickling in from our ministry partners. Check the Cross Field Blog (www.crossfieldblog.com) for regular updates from Mike in Haiti. You can hear audio from Mike here. To give to our Haiti Disaster relief effort, go here. And please pray.


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Flooding in Philippines – relief update


Here are horrific photos of last week’s flooding from one of our partners in the Philippines. According to our partner on the ground: Nearly a month’s worth of rain fell in just six hours Saturday, triggering the worst flooding in the Philippine capital in 42 years, which stranded thousands on rooftops in the city and elsewhere. More than 70 people were killed, Manila was blacked out and airline flights were suspended as a powerful tropical storm battered the main Philippines island of Luzon . Cross International  has procured 40,000lbs of canned food to aid in relief efforts for the Philippines. From pick up to delivery it will cost $8000.00.  That’s $1.00 for every 5 lbs delivered. We will be able to deliver another 200,000 lbs. over the next year. The canned food will leave next week. It will be 30 days before it arrives in the Phillipines. To help, email me or donate on-line here. Cross International  has procured 40,000lbs of canned food to aid in relief efforts for the Philippines. From pick up to delivery it will cost $8000.00.  That’s $1.00 for every 5 lbs delivered. We will be able to deliver another 200,000 lbs. over the next year. The canned food will leave next week. It will be 30 days before it arrives in the Phillipines. To help, email me or donate on-line here. HT:  CI colleagues Mike Wilson, Russ Griggs


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