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Responding to the Haitian Tragedy

January 25, 2010

January 15, 2010

Dear Gordon-Conwell Community,

We grieve with all those in Haiti who are grief-stricken as a result of the massive 7.3 magnitude earthquake.   It’s reported that an estimated 3 million people have been impacted by Tuesday’s massive quake, centered on the capital Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area.  Most of Haiti's population lives on less than $2 a day. For the many Haitians already living on the margins, the earthquake's effect is devastating.  Oh, God, have mercy.  

This is a natural disaster that hits close to home.  We have a number of Haitian-born alumni, staff, students and CUME advisory board members who are anxiously awaiting word from friends and family. At the Boston campus, groups of students, faculty, and staff have been praying in the chapel, comforting those within our community anxiously awaiting news of family members.  

Last December a team of GCTS faculty and friends traveled to Port-au-Prince to explore the possibility of partnering with the Séminaire de Théologie Evangélique de Port-au-Prince (STEP).   It is reported that the seminary complex has been devastated by the earthquake.   

Please join me in prayer for these our brothers and sisters in Christ.   In these early post-disaster days, many of us will be given opportunities to respond compassionately by giving to Christian relief agencies – either by making contributions directly or in some cases through special offerings gathered in our churches this Sunday. Let us each respond generously.  A link to a list of possible agencies is below.

In the days ahead, we will be considering how we as a Gordon-Conwell community might uniquely respond to this crisis.  There may be opportunities for us to help our brothers and sisters at the Séminaire de Théologie Evangélique de Port-au-Prince  recover from the destruction and rebuild for future ministry.  I will keep you updated as we hear more in the days ahead.  Perhaps this is one way that God is showing us how we can engage globally and live biblically -- as a caring and loving community.

Because of Christ,

Dennis P. Hollinger, Ph.D.
President &
Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics

The ECFA image below links to a list of Christian organizations, all members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, many of whom are working actively to send aid to Haiti.