(Locator: Mellier, Haiti)
Eighty miles from Port-au-Prince, members of the Methodist Church in
Mellier, Haiti are preparing to feed their neighbors. Oge Celin wants to
Oge Celin, Mellier Methodist Church:
“I try to comfort people. Most of the people, they’re hungry, they’re
suffering now. Because they lost everything they have.”
The United Methodist Committee on Relief trucked in nearly a ton and a
half of rice, and 450 pounds of beans for families left homeless by the
January 12th quake.
Melissa Crutchfield, UMCOR:
“Apparently at least a few hundred people in this community, their
houses have been entirely destroyed or damaged beyond the point of being
safe to stay in. So these people have sort of settled here.”
Melissa Crutchfield with UMCOR talks with families living in tents to
Melissa Crutchfield (talking to The Rev. Gesner Paul): “We are counting
on enough rice, and beans, and oil, and salt to feed a family of
approximately five for about five days.”
Priority is given to the elderly and those with the most mouths to feed.
(Melissa giving a cooking lesson in French)
Many of the 170 families receiving aid belong to the church. But during
this time of tragedy, all belong to the family of Haiti and all must
work to rebuild.
Oge Celin: “We pray together, God will answer us and then he will give
us a good Haiti.”
For updates on UMCOR’s relief mission in Haiti,
visit the Web site.
You can support UMCOR’s work in Haiti
through the Advance (#418325).
100% of each Advance gift goes to the designated program.
Haitian church members distribute UMCOR food
Posted: February 10, 2010