Black Methodists for Church Renewal,Inc.
Monday, April 21, 2014
BMCR urges all members and caucuses to pray for the families, churches, organizations, and other partners in ministry in Haiti and to join in support efforts in any way you feel led. For more information about how United Methodists are supporting this effort, please visit the United Methodist website and learn how UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is working to help our sisters and brothers through this unbelievable tragedy.
Our organization will be making financial contributions and working to support this effort in other ways. If you have suggestions on how our organization can increase our support, please contact the national office (email@example.com).
In addition to prayer and financial contributions to UMCOR, BMCR is issuing an invitation to reach out, develop partnerships and stand in solidarity with our Haitian sisters and brothers in this moment of profound devastation. In addition to relief efforts, another way to act in faith is to reach out and develop partnerships with Haitians and
Haitian Americans in the United States who are in grief, dealing with loss, wrestling with what to do next, and due to lack of information are standing between hope and despair. Rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, resurrecting community, sustaining and rebirthing the hopes of the people will be a slow process and will necessitate our long
term commitment. For months and years to come Haiti and Haitian communities will need our collective support.
As we enter into a long weekend which commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. let us, among other things, dedicate ourselves to investing in the future of our brothers and sisters of Haiti.
A way to begin:
It is important to establish relationships with our Haitian sisters and brothers so they are aware they have partners is prayer who are ready to listen, act, and advocate. Though in the wake of the earthquake, relief efforts are the most pressing issue for Haiti, Haiti needs and deserves a long term commitment to sustainable and contextually relevant
development which necessitates our involvement in the grassroots.
Letter from Safiyah Fosua (GBOD):
With heavy hearts we commend several prayers for Haiti and two pages of
resources for times of natural disaster. If any of you have written
prayers and similar resources that you would like to share please send
them to Safiyah Fosua: firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
A Prayer for the People of Haiti:
Haiti Cries. and We Cry with Them:
(Spanish translation available)
Prayers, Hymns, Sermons, and Resources for Times of Natural Disaster:
Haiti Earthquake Response Resources:
Please share these resources with friends and keep Haiti in your prayers.
Blessings and Peace,
Rev. Dr. Safiyah Fosua
Director of Preaching Ministries
Discipleship Ministries Division