Compassion of the Church: Springing Faith into Action for Haiti
By Jaisal Noor
From the February 19, 2010 issue |
Pastor Testar St. Victor of Mount of Olives Church of God in Flatbush, Brooklyn, recently returned from transporting over 500 pounds of relief materials, including toiletries, first aid items and canned goods, to the church’s Mount Olives Mission in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. The church’s Pentecostal congregation of more than 2,000 Haitian members began collecting supplies the day after the earthquake.
In early March, 30 members of the Mount of Olives Church of God will travel to Haiti to deliver more aid and volunteer in relief efforts.
Despite record amounts of donations — U.S.-based charities have raised more than $500 million in aid to Haiti, with some of the largest amounts raised by the Red Cross ($271 million), the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund ($40 million) and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF ($44.7 million) — Pastor Victor says the burden for Haiti’s future will fall on the shoulders of the Haitian-American community.
“At this point it’s our turn to rally and to get everyone together. It’s our responsibility to go where the Red Cross cannot go. The point is it is up to us, as Haitians, to get ourselves together to rebuild. And we will,” Pastor Victor said.