Below is an email from Pr. Katie Carroll, Chair of the Synod Global Mission Team, that was forwarded to me today. It is about the earthquake today in Haiti. It as a magnitude 7.2, and high casualties are feared.
Thank you for your prayers for the people of Haiti, and for Pastor Livenson and his colleagues, working to provide comfort and compassion to their people at this time of fear and uncertainty.
I (Pr. Katie) just got off the telephone with Pastor Livenson, (head of the Lutheran Church in Haiti). He called to [say] that they just had an earthquake. He and his family felt it in their home, he has … learned that the houses near the church are not standing. Pastor Livenson is unable to reach people by telephone, and [was about to go] out … to learn how the earthquake has impacted the community.
Pr. Katie and the Global Mission Team ask for your prayers as the country faces this setback.
We offer together this prayer for national distress from our hymnal:
Eternal God, amid all the turmoil and changes of the world your love is steadfast and your strength never fails. In this time of danger and trouble, be to us a sure guardian and rock of defense. Guide the leaders of all nations, especially Haiti, with your wisdom, comfort those in distress, and grant us courage and hope to face the future; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.