Archbold, OH

Area Churches Pitch In To Help Haitians

Several area churches are pitching in to assist the people of Haiti, after a massive earthquake destroyed much of the capital City of Port Au Prince.

David David, pastor of Archbold United Methodist Church, has been to the impoverished Caribbean nation several times for nearly 20 years.

Before coming to the Archbold church, “I used to be… the USA national director for International Child Care, which is a health-based organization, that for over 40 years, has been helping to empower Haitians to help themselves, as they run Grace Children’s Hospital in Port Au Prince.

“It was one of the hospitals destroyed,” he said.

“I’ve been going to Haiti and leading teams for nearly 20 years,” he said.

Archbold United Methodist has been collecting monetary donations as well as health kit supplies.

The church is also planning to host a live jazz concert, Saturday, Jan. 30. Money raised will go to the relief effort.

Alvia McEwen Martis, pastor at Zion Lutheran, said a collection will be taken Sunday, Jan. 24, to raise money to pay the cost of shipping relief supplies gathered by the Orphan Grain Train of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, Ohio District.

One cargo ship was set to leave yesterday, Tuesday; a second is to depart Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Steve Heatwole, Lockport Mennonite pastor, said a special offering for Haitian relief remains open through Sunday. Money collected goes to the Mennonite Central Committee, which is involved in the immediate response and plans a multiyear, multimillion dollar rebuilding effort.

Jamie Beck, Pettisville Missionary Church, said the church is providing information to members of the congregation on how to help in Haiti. The Missionary Church, as a denomination, has 80 churches in Haiti, led by Haitians, he said.

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