OCMC joins with all who are praying for those suffering in Haiti, already the poorest country in the western hemisphere, even before the 7.0 magnitude earthquake which struck the capital of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, January 12th. The OCMC has worked in partnership with Orthodox parishes in Haiti in the past but does not currently have missionaries, SAMP priests, or Agape Projects on the island.
Therefore, we encourage all support for this immediate relief effort to be sent to our sister SCOBA agency which specializes in such ministries, the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). You can learn more about the response of our Church to this disaster and donate directly by going to the IOCC website: http://www.IOCC.org
IOCC reported from their website that, “Since news of the earthquake came to light, IOCC staff have been contacting partners active in Haiti and attempting to reach Orthodox parishes on the island to coordinate our response to the growing need. Like many Haitians who have been struggling to reach their loved ones, IOCC is finding direct communication difficult – symptomatic of the widespread destruction and ruined infrastructure that is now beginning to be revealed.”