By Jane Sutton-Redner
There’s still not much information coming out of Haiti, where a magnitude-7.0 earthquake—the worst in the region’s history—struck today at about 5 p.m. local time. Communication with our office in Port-au-Prince, the capital, has been limited, but we do know that none of the World Vision staff members in Haiti were hurt or killed, although the homes of at least three were damaged.
The survival of our colleagues seems an enormous blessing amid what is feared to be a high death toll and a severe humanitarian crisis. Please pray for families and vulnerable children in Haiti. With nearly 80 percent of the population living on less than $2 a day, they already faced an uphill struggle. This disaster intensifies their suffering.
Meanwhile, James Addis is en route to Haiti, planning to join a rapid-response communications team and gather stories of affected families and World Vision’s relief response. Please pray for his travels. We will post any updates we receive from him or other colleagues on the scene. World Vision’s Web site is also providing regular updates.