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Haiti Update #4 - Adventists Pledge $1 Million for Haiti
By Taashi Rowe
Church leaders throughout the North American Division (NAD) are working to raise $1 million to help Seventh-day Adventists in Haiti rebuild. “Our heartfelt prayers and concerns are with the people of Haiti still suffering the effects of this devastating earthquake,” says Don Schneider, NAD president. “Because we know Jesus loves us … His love compels us to help.”
Reports from the Inter-American Division indicate that the January 12, 7.0 earthquake killed 522 members, destroyed 55 churches, partially damaged 60 churches, and left some 27,000 members homeless in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.
“The infrastructure of that society has been destroyed,” says Columbia Union Conference president Dave Weigley. “We need to do whatever we can to help them re-establish their ministries.”
He participated in a teleconference this week where NAD leadership, in consultation with union presidents, voted to send $600,000 of tithe and offerings to rebuild the ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Haiti, and designated Sabbath, February 6, as a special day of prayer and offering (see bulletin insert in English and see bulletin insert in Spanish).
Weigley said the Columbia Union will contribute $50,000 and that executive committees of each of the union’s eight conferences will allocate additional aid.
Adventists in Haiti - According to the Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook, the Haiti Union Mission has 335,000 members, 473 churches, one hospital, one university, and two grade schools.