The Cayman Council of the United
Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands has remitted US$47,096 for earthquake
relief efforts in Haiti following the 9 January earthquake that devastated Port
The funds were donated to
Ministries in Action, the Luke Society, Centre Chretien De Development and the
Church’s own missionary nurse in Haiti, Joan Bain. In addition, Rev. Louis Sully chartered a plane in February to
fly in air-mattresses, bedding, food, etc., purchased in Cayman; a project to
which some other members of the Church also contributed.
Most of the funds, just over
CI$31,000, were collected by special offerings in the Church’s congregations
and another CI$6,700 was donated through its Cayman Prep and High School, which
also made additional donations to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Haiti.
Members assisted MIA directly as well. The congregations and schools of the
Church in Jamaica have also been donating relief supplies and money to the
Its mission partners in Haiti have
now reported on the relief work they have been doing to provide tents, food,
water, medicine and medical services to the surviving victims of the earthquake.
Some have also been involved in initial rebuilding efforts, where feasible.
The Luke Society, which is based in
the Dominican Republic and was able to take medical and other emergency
supplies overland, along with their doctors, recently reported that they were
still reaching devastated areas where no other help had arrived yet. But they were particularly touched by the
people’s urge to be led in worship and obtain Bibles to replace those lost in
the earthquake. MIA also received such requests. MIA also flew in a medical
team of 19 to work on the front lines of the devastation. They also assisted a
network of local pastors there to set up and run 15 feeding stations.
Mrs. Bain, who for many years has
been running a clinic and training persons to provide community nursing
services, has also been providing a meal service for a long time, primarily,
though not rigidly, for children. However, with the flood of homeless persons
moving out of Port au Prince after the earthquake into her area, she has also
been endeavouring to assist people who are without food.
All of the Church’s mission
partners in Haiti are acutely confronted by the tremendous suffering that still
needs to be addressed. In addition to trying to continue to help with the urgent
needs of the survivors, the United Church has determined that it will seek to
provide some help specifically for persons who lost limbs in the earthquake and
help partners to generate employment through rebuilding, education, etc., as
well as continuing its long term mission efforts in Haiti.
Members of the Church, especially
from Elmslie United, visit Haiti and the Dominican Republic as often as
possible to assist with mission projects and Mr. Chuck Mobley from that
congregation is an area representative for MIA and works closely also with the
The United Church is still