published Friday, January 15th, 2010

Relief aid streams to Haiti

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Dr. Gary Ray, Cameron Fisher, and Director Julia Wright

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    In this photo released by the United Nations, an injured earthquake survivor receives treatment at a medical clinic set up at MINUSTAH's logistics base in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/United Nations, Logan Abassi)

Twenty-four containers sent to Haiti in November by Cleveland's Church of God World Missions arrived in the nick of time to help after Tuesday's earthquake, and more help is on the way.

"We will continue to send to them," said Dr. Douglas LeRoy, general director of the denomination's World Missions office in Cleveland, "and as soon as we can get proper communication, we will send in people to help."

As details on the depth of the tragedy in Haiti stream out, help pours in, including donations from many area churches, denominations and ministries.

Alan Rogers, senior pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Soddy-Daisy, said his congregation's mission coordinators are collecting medical supplies for a Madison, Tenn., group affiliated with missionaries in Haiti. A trailer will be set up on the church's property to receive donations, he said.

In the meantime, he said he hoped members would consider giving through the Southern Baptist Church's relief arm.

Dr. Eddy Rushing, director of missions for the Northwest Georgia and Lookout Valley Baptist associations, and the Rev. Jerry Little, director of missions for the Catoosa County Baptist Association, urged northwest Georgia congregations to give through the Georgia Baptist Convention.

"I'm sure there will be a big (monetary) response," Dr. Rushing said. "There was with (Hurricane) Katrina and other natural disasters that have happened."

Dr. LeRoy said the Church of God, which has been in Haiti since 1933 and counts 250,000 members in the country, also has construction and medical teams willing to provide assistance.

"They can't do it at this particular point (because of the lack of communication)," he said. "Everything now is internal."

Ann Weeks, a deacon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, said several meetings over the next several days will define "where our interests are and where we can help best."

She said if parishioners are not 100 percent sure on where to donate, they can safely donate to Episcopal Relief Development.

Chattanooga architect Ann Aiken, who designed an Episcopal school at Petit Harpon in the Haitian mountains west of Port-au-Prince, said she was "pretty sure the area suffered damage" but was unsure of the disposition of the school, named St. John the Evangelist Episcopal School.

It was built by donations from members of Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain, Church of the Nativity in Fort Oglethorpe and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn., she said.

"It was designed to meet U.S. building codes but not necessarily earthquake codes," Ms. Aiken said.

If it fared well, she said, it could be a community center for relief efforts or a place for displaced residents to sleep.

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, which includes Chattanooga, has asked all 47 parishes in the diocese to receive a collection Saturday and Sunday for Haiti and the humanitarian relief efforts of Catholic Relief Services in the country.

He also asked that diocesan priests use prayers tailored to the earthquake victims in their Sunday Masses.


* Church of God World Missions:

* Episcopal Relief Development:

* Georgia Baptist Convention:

* Southern Baptist Convention:

* United Methodist Committee on Relief:


* Call 1-888-407-4747, a number that has been set by the U.S. State Department Operations Center for Americans seeking information about family members.


Several local organizations are accepting donations or asking for volunteers to help with the relief effort:

* Children's Nutrition Program of Haiti, call 495-1122 or visit

* Score International, call 423-894-7111 or visit Specify Help Haitians Rapid Response.

* American Haitian Foundation, checks can be mailed to 3602 Anderson Pike, Signal Mountain, TN 37377 or visit

* The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations via, 1-800-SAL-ARMY and postal mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728.

* The CRUDEM (Center for Rural Development of Milot) Foundation is accepting to support the Hopital Sacre Couer, a hospital in the north of Haiti. The foundation, based in Ludlow, Maine, was set up in 1968.

For more information or to donate, go to


Volunteers may travel to Haiti with Score for $1,200, which includes airfare, meals, lodging, supplies, and ground transportation overseas.

Dates include: Jan. 30-Feb. 4 and every Saturday through Thursday for the following six weeks.

For more information, contact Trey Bailey at or call 423-894-7111.


New Salem Baptist Church, located at 9806 Dallas Hollow Road in Soddy-Daisy, is collecting medical supplies for Haiti relief. Their top needs:

* Bandages of all types

* Antibiotics (oral and creams such as Neosporin)

* Sulfadene or Silvadene cream for burns

* Anything a surgeon would need to complete open reduction of broken bones

* Surgical instruments of any type, especially kits for orthopedic surgery

* Slings

* IV fluids and supplies such as needles, tubing, etc.

* Nonabsorbent sutures (3/0 and 4/0) and absorbent sutures (3/0 and 4/0)

* Gloves, sterile and nonsterile

* Splints

* Casting materials

* Pain medications

* Portable X-ray machine, digital, if possible

* Surgical tables, gurneys, etc.

* Surgical lights, headlights, etc.

* Linens, blankets

* Disposable sheets, pads, etc.


Three missionaries from Cleveland, Tenn., arrived in Port-au-Prince Tuesday, an hour before the earthquake ripped through the Haitian capital.

Friends here know they're OK, but that's about it.

"Their car was damaged," said Dr. Douglas LeRoy, general director of the Church of God World Missions in Cleveland. "They were OK. But we don't know where they are."

The Rev. John Talbird, a former longtime rector at Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain, is in the country and is safe.

Dr. Fred Dearing, superintendent of the United Methodist Church's Chattanooga District, said several executives with the denomination's United Methodist Committee on Relief are in the country but have not been located.

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fftspam said...

Why do "reporters" and "journalists" not ask questions anymore??

I would ask: What is it about Haiti that all these religious organizations are already in Haiti?
Is it because they profit from "missions" (before the earthquake of course). Somebody was on Pulse Radio today saying for $1200 they would fly you down for a week. How long have local churches been sending "missionaries" to Haiti? Are 'missionary" trips to Haiti over the previous years just an excuse to go to the Caribbean in the winter? What "good' have they done?

January 15, 2010 at 2:49 a.m.
ctfpfan08 said...

Probably because right now is not the time. The focus needs to be on helping the Haitians. When they are safe and sound again then it would be appropriate to look into any suspicious behavior.

January 15, 2010 at 9:03 a.m.

Man how cynical can you get? I've looked into phony orgs. for decades now, esp. before I donate anything. The ones that tend to abuse and misuse your donations are usually, not always, the Big Corps like The United Way, March of Dimes (research, research, no cure) American Cancer Society (same deal), International Red Cross (not the American RC), the UNAID and UNICEF (again a UN relief org.). These are all secular and many have political/ideological affiliations. So your questions are clearly pointed at the Christian orgs and small groups/churches. If you had any idea of how bad Haiti is, even on a pretty day, you would not have asked those questions. This is not vacation time.

As I said yesterday on my post here, Christians have been helping the poor and in particular, the orphans who, because of extreme poverty in their families, are thrown out, on roadsides and in ditches (little newborns too), by the thousands. Go to The Hands & Feet Project website if you want to know these guys and their parents, just how much they've done in the 5 years I've known about them. They had a successful band and gave it up to help their parents build an orphanage in Haiti. They're still there, rescuing babies and children, with the donations they have built solid, beautiful living quarters, a kitchen and other buildings on the property. The children are schooled and taught the Bible and how to make a better life for themselves. There are other, equally compassionate projects for the people and children of Haiti that actually talk the talk and walk the walk.

January 15, 2010 at 10:58 a.m.

In contrast, our Gov't and world gov'ts have largely ignored Haiti and its plight-for years. The corruption in the Haitian gov't and its society (Voodoo/Paganism is the predominant religion) has been a plague that has caused much of the social, economic and spiritual decline of a once beautiful, viable country. (see also facts re: Puerto Rico and its Gov't's abuse of US funds given to "help" the poor people there every year).

Christians are not to blame for this, they are there, fighting an uphill battle. No Christian goes into such situations for their own good or for power and money. Many know death will inevitably come as a result of just being there and being a follower of the Messiah (esp. in Muslim countries). As Yeshua said, "anyone can give up their life for their friends or for their own children. But who would give up their life for a stranger or an enemy?" Christians around the world are tortured and killed every day trying to feed, house, teach and nurture the poorest and most vulnerable in those countries. We persevere because we know He who holds life and death in His hands has a better plan for humankind. Much good and society-building has come from the death of one saint in the kingdom.

Why? Because they love and obey Him who has sent them and they know human history. That history tells us we can have the best education, the best food and water, the best schools, the best housing, the best of everything. But if we are not on the right (spiritual) path and we ignore wise, spiritual guidelines, given to us by the Living Word, we go into decline. We die out. Just ask the Aztecs, the Babylonians, the Romans, the Mayans, the Mesopotamians, the Pharonic Egyptians, Sodom and Gomorrah. If you can find anything left of their empires. And our society? You need to go into yourselves to ask that question and see where we are heading. Look carefully at Haiti. How those poor people are suffering, and not just because of one earthquake. Think that couldn't possibly be us someday?

January 15, 2010 at 11:07 a.m.
rolando said...

Where is the vaunted 9,000-strong in-country UN peacekeeping force? Talk about being as useful as teats on a bull...they are as bad as FEMA following Katrina. Hint: They are surrounding the collapsed UN building...protecting the rubble, I guess. As a relief organization, the UN sucks...or as anything else, for that matter.

Speaking of Katrina, anyone see similarities in FEMA's response? How immediate, how co-ordinated, how effective it is? Does Dear Leader even know [or care] where the country is? He certainly doesn't give a tinker's dam about the people in THIS country...just votes.

As always, our Coast Guard and our Navy is on-scene...although they had to move through all those "religious organizations" and "missionaries" who were actually first on-scene to help those in need.

[That's what "religious people" do, people in need without concern of ability to pay. They don't wait for gov't OK from Dear Leader or his minions, either. They just do it. They are, IOW, Americans. That's what they did following the tsunami as well as Katrina. What?? thought those were gov't people there? Those incompetents were the ones who embezzled the funds for flood control to begin with. No surprise, that...politicians, every one.]

How much you want to bet that 80-90% of the $100Million we send there will end up in the hands of the elite in some bank in the Grand Caymans?

Yeah, I am bitter over this...p+ssed off, too. I get that way when tens of thousands of people are killed and all our government does is talk and our liberals do nothing but b+tch about Christians who DO help. Dear Leader is looking for someone to bow to, I guess.

January 15, 2010 at 11:08 a.m.
rolando said...

Great posts, canary, well said. Passionately spoken yet controlled; a whole lot better than I can do towards these self-centered... Well, I've ranted enough. These people simply cannot see beyond their own two-steps-away horizon.

January 15, 2010 at 11:15 a.m.

Thanks Rolando, but be sure there will be a railing and a wailing here (or somewhere) about the 'awful' Christians. Anger can be channelled into action and sarcasm is a useful literary tool. We need more 'anger' expressed over evil and corruption in this country and around the world. It's called righteous anger and too many, including 'nice', pew-sitting Christians are afraid to use it, as the Lord did at times (and will do so again, thankfully).

While the 'nice', 'civil' folks sit in their offices or in their (UN) meetings, murmuring 'nice' and 'constructive' civilities, people die. Good money is misspent, stolen. Good intentions come to naught.

One good thing I've noticed in this country, out of all this political/social mess we're in; the angry Man. Men and women are speaking out more and more. But our men are making a comeback. They're throwing off the metrosexual, feminized shackles and acting/speaking like real men again. The Lord made both sexes in all their glory and with beautiful gifts and attributes. The man, as protector of his family and his country, as physical strength, as courage and bravery is a sight to behold, I don't care what his age. Keep on keeping on.

January 15, 2010 at 12:18 p.m.
nurseforjustice said...

well said again canary. We as men do need to step up and become men, the spiritual and physical leaders that God called us to be. I have been working at it for 50 yrs now and am just now starting to feel like I am getting somewhere. I am not saying women play a second fiddle, but more of a partner role. However, someone has to be responsible and God designed it to be the man.

Kind of takes the pressure off women if they were smart about it.

January 15, 2010 at 1:08 p.m.
ctfpfan08 said...

Seriously? I thought this was 2010.

Your sexist bs has no place here in this conversation about Haiti.

We, as human beings, are all equally responsible for taking care of each other.

The pressure shouldn't be off anyone. Don't act like you're doing women a favor. You're really just trying to keep us weak and stop us from making men look bad.


January 15, 2010 at 1:26 p.m.
nurseforjustice said...

you are sad, ctfpfan.

No one is trying to keep you down. Just tired of people trying to make the male species a bunch of women acting pansies. (i believe we have enough of those now )

January 15, 2010 at 3:12 p.m.
nurseforjustice said...

And by the way ctfpfan, I don't remember you being the TFP and free speech police. I believe since this is an opinion posting, that I can voice my opinion as freely as you can.

And I don't believe that your foul languaged post is appropriate here either, but that is just my opinion. That means about as much to you as your opinion does to me I would presume.

January 15, 2010 at 3:30 p.m.
rolando said...

Aid is finally starting to arrive in Haiti; Belgian workers, Canadian military doctors, limited food shipments [mobbed, of course]. The home-grown Haitian FEMA chief in charge of food supplies has finally -- after 4 days -- decided to get food from their food dumps and storage Port-Au-Prince, no less. Maybe they should just open the doors...maybe the UN could see their way clear to release a thousand or two of their peacekeepers to actually...ah...keep the peace? Maybe the FEMA chief here during Katrina retired to take over in Haiti, ya think?

No word of our Special Forces troops and what they are up to there. Our doctors/med supplies are also keeping a low key. Maybe we could send them our swine flu vaccine...we have tons of that nobody here wants.

Meanwhile, the 9,000 UN peacekeepers are doing a great job keeping victims away from the UN buildings...saving their water for their people, evidently.

January 15, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.
rolando said...

Dear Leader still can't seem to make up his mind who to bow to...he's headed up to Massachusetts now to bow to and kiss the ring of anyone who will vote for his shill for Senator...otherwise his Dear ObamaCare won't pass.

January 15, 2010 at 5:41 p.m.
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