RCN Weekend Update
The Nazarene News Article on Haiti
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook Haiti on the morning of 14 August, causing substantial destruction. So far, over 1,400 people are confirmed dead, though the actual number from the quake and aftershocks is still not completely clear.
The quake hit Haiti’s Tiburon Peninsula, which encompasses much of the country’s southern coast and was still recovering from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Tropical Depression Grace is expected to reach Haiti on Monday and early Tuesday, exacerbating the crisis with large amounts of rain that could cause landslides and contaminated water. Medical personnel are rushing to get to the affected areas before the storm makes transportation difficult.
The Church of the Nazarene has four districts in the area near the epicenter, two of which are known to have sustained significant damage and one that has not been able to make a report. At least four churches were destroyed in a southern district, and one pastor has lost his house. One district superintendent says that the quake killed one church member, and the areas of Les Cayes, Leprete, Pestel, and Jeremie were hit especially hard.
It will likely take several days to get a full picture, but one district is already reporting a great need for shelter. District leaders hope to use churches as shelters for neighbors who have nowhere to go but will need to make repairs to do so. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, local Nazarene churches, and partner organizations are preparing to mobilize as soon as the initial assessment of need is clearer.
How You Can Help:
Please pray for those facing the devastation left by the earthquake, especially those who have lost loved ones and homes. Pray for those who are experiencing trauma after the major earthquake 11 years ago. Pray for the swift and safe delivery of supplies, including shelters, food, and medicine. Pray for those who are most vulnerable, including senior adults, individuals with disabilities, and people living in poverty. Pray for church leaders and churches responding to the needs around them. To send a prayer or note of encouragement, go to ncm.org/pray.
Churches and individuals around the world can provide support through the Haiti Earthquake 2021 Fund. Donations will be used for immediate needs, including shelter, clean water, food, and medical supplies, as well as long-term needs in the months and years ahead. To make donations through RCN, mark your check or envelope, or electronic giving with the word Haiti, all that is designated will go directly to help the Haitian people.
Pray for Afghanistan
We are all aware that the Taliban is very intolerant of Christian beliefs and the believers and churches have to be very careful in what is made public. Even so they are being tortured and some are being killed, PRAY the nation and those seeking to flee.
NEXT SATURDAY AUGUST 28th
Ladies day outing. See Heidi Chaney for details.
3 Prayers, 3 Plans for September
"Lord Teach us to Pray" Lk. 11:1
PRAY for a continued recovery from the COVID effects in our world.
PRAY for the children, teachers, and staff returning to schools.
PRAY for lives to be transformed through RCN.
· be involved in worship every Sunday
· to listen to someone's story so you can encourage them
· be ready to serve giving time where needed
Suggestions: Good News Club will be starting, pray for Flower Valley ES and our volunteers. We will be working on the sanctuary upgrades:[ceiling, doors, sound & video] if you can help let us know.
SUNDAY MORNING Sunday School 9:30, Worship 10:30
Message: More Keys to Healthy, Happy Relationships.
- As we head towards schools reopening and the fall, we also face a new variant of the COVID virus. More children are being affected. Even those vaccinated are at risk, though with less severe symptoms.
- Pray for both of the Spanish congregations that meet in our building, pray for growth, healing, and outreach.