It has been 36 hours since the massive earthquake rocked the impoverished nation of Haiti.  Along with friends, family and many World Next Door readers, I watched all day yesterday as details continued to emerge.

The reports from the ground were horrific.  Tens of thousands dead.  Hundreds of thousands injured.  Haiti’s infrastructure has all but collapsed and only now, a day and a half after the initial impact, is any significant aid reaching the people of Port-au-Prince.

Yesterday I mentioned that Pastor Pierre, of our partner ministry Nehemiah Vision Ministries, was in Trinidad when the quake struck.  He has been trying to get back to his family and country ever since. The last I heard, he was in Miami, awaiting a flight that should leave this morning.

Edit: We found out this morning that Pastor Pierre’s family (Dianne, Charissa and Lemy) are all safe and accounted for.  Thank you, Lord!

I want to say thank you personally for all the prayers you have lifted up for Pastor Pierre and his family.  But don’t stop now!  There is still much work left to do…

A First Hand Account

I am currently working out the possibility of heading down to Haiti myself to spotlight the work of Nehemiah Vision Ministries and to be a source of first-hand information to WND’s readers as well as to my church community back home.

Obviously, I won’t be able to go down there until NVM is ready to receive me, but my hope is to be on the ground sometime in the next few weeks.  We will keep you updated when and if this trip develops.

A Note About Donations

A Hatian child in the aftermath of the earthquake. (c) BBC News

Now, In the midst of such a shocking and painful tragedy, many of us want to help in the only way that we can… our money.  Unfortunately, there are some out there who would use this tragedy for personal gain.

During both the Tsunami in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, fake aid organizations popped up and asked people for money.  Look out for emails from scam artists and try to give only to reputable sources (especially ones you’ve heard of before!).

Here are a few places to start if you want to get your money into the game…

  • Nehemiah Vision Ministries – our partner organization in Haiti.  They are mobilizing to begin food and clothing distributions in Port au Prince.
  • World Vision – an internationally recognized not-for-profit that has been working in Haiti for 30 years.
  • Samaritan’s Purse – another solid organization that is heavily involved in Haiti.
  • American Red Cross – a safe bet when it comes to international relief and aid.


Staying Connected

Since posting yesterday, I have found several valuable resources for following the unfolding tragedy in Haiti.  If you want to stay plugged in to the latest developments, I highly encourage you to bookmark these sites:

If you have other useful sources of information, please share it with us by commenting below.

Otherwise, stay tuned as we continue to follow the aftermath of this terrible disaster…

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Tim Mauriello said... 

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    January 14th, 2010 at 10:13 am  

    Hey, that’s awesome news! Here is a guy in Haiti on twitter with tons of updates that I am following. http://twitter.com/RAMhaiti

    Thanks!

  2. Dave Quigley said... 

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    January 14th, 2010 at 11:31 am  

    Thanks Barry – for the update on Pastor Pierre and his family. I heard on the local news last night that hundreds of thousands of the Haitian people are believed dead??? That is stunning and staggering…..

  3. Zeta said... 

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    January 14th, 2010 at 12:02 pm  

    Church World Service also has a history of working with local groups there. Their website is http://www.churchworldservice.org

  4. Jaymi said... 

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    January 14th, 2010 at 3:30 pm  

    Compassion International (www.compassion.com) is another reputable organization that sponsors thousands of children in Haiti.

    Thanks, Barry for keeping us informed!

  5. Jim.M said... 

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    January 14th, 2010 at 11:07 pm  

    Barry, another organization with boots on the ground in Haiti: Donations go directly to food water and medicine.

    Family Health Ministries, Inc.
    PO Box 16725
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516

    Keep us posted as this unfolds friend.

  6. Nick Kirongo said... 

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    January 15th, 2010 at 1:22 am  

    Thanks Barry for the update, good to hear the pastor’s family are ok, blessings

  7. Dave Rod said... 

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    January 15th, 2010 at 9:15 am  

    For those who tweet please follow @firesideint who is there and has been up 48 straight hours reporting. Amazing work.

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