Bideford prayers answer Bishop's appeal for Haiti

A Community Service of Prayer for Haiti is to be held in Bideford St Mary s Church tomorrow (Saturday) at 2:30pm. It is open to all and it is intended to have a collection for both the Disasters Emergency Committee and Christian Aid. There will be praye

A Community Service of Prayer for Haiti is to be held in Bideford St Mary's Church tomorrow (Saturday) at 2:30pm.

It is open to all and it is intended to have a collection for both the Disasters' Emergency Committee and Christian Aid.

There will be prayers, readings, time for contemplation, the lighting candles and an opportunity to donate to either or both of the charities.

The Bishop of Exeter, The Right Reverend Michael Langrish, has written urging churches and everyone to do what they can in the face of this terrible disaster.


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Churches are being asked to consider organising a spontaneous event to raise money for this urgent appeal or to donate the takings from an existing event.

The Bishop said : "We have all been moved by the terrible photos and stories emerging from the earthquake in Haiti. The earthquake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, has devastated the country, leaving thousands dead and many more buried alive. Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, with 70% of the population possessing no formal job, land or tools to survive.

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"The quake struck 15km southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince. Charity and aid organisations have themselves been affected, with the Christian Aid office building collapsed and staff rescued from the rubble. They are shaken, but safe, and are now working tirelessly to help those still trapped, injured and left homeless. In the area in which the Christian Aid offices once stood 97% of the buildings have been completely destroyed. The need for water, food and body bags for the many corpses littering the streets, is very urgent indeed.

"As a trustee of Christian Aid and a supporter of Tearfund, I would urge all our churches to support the rescue operations, through prayer and through donations. There are many ways in which we can all help to bring hope and healing to the people of Haiti in the wake of this disaster.

"Tearfund are asking for prayers for: Their church based partners in Haiti, particularly World Relief Haiti and World Concern Haiti; their country representative, Jean Claude, who has also lost his home, as he co-ordinates Tearfund's response in Haiti; for all those affected by this terrible disaster; for all those involved in this disaster and agencies as they work to provide a co-ordinated response."

You can also donate to the Tearfund appeal via their website www.tearfund.org, where further resources are also available.

To support Christian Aid's work in Haiti, you can donate to their Haiti Earthquake Appeal online or by calling 08080 004 004 (9am-8pm).

Please hold a collection in your church, school, office or local community. You can order emergency envelopes from Christian Aid by calling 08700 787788. For more information see www.christianaid.org.uk

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