Charisma associate editor Valerie Lowe recently travelled to Haiti and saw firsthand the devastation that has occurred and God's miraculous intervention. Watch her on-the-ground Skype interview from Fond Parisien, Haiti. read more
The following ministries are providing disaster relief and/or medical assistance in the aftermath of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12, leaving tens of thousands dead and untold numbers buried in the rubble.
Photo courtesy of Haiti-based Love a Child
Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood is asking the denomination's 12,400 churches to receive an offering Sunday, Jan. 17, to support relief efforts in Haiti.
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are working with Samaritan's Purse teams in Haiti. The Billy Graham World Emergency Fund provides disaster relief support, prayer and hope to those affected by natural disasters.
Christ for the Nations is partnering with teams in Haiti to distribute aid, and offer counseling and prayer, food and water, medication and bandages, blankets, temporary shelters and clothing.
Christian Aid Mission is working with indigenous missions ministries in Haiti to help earthquake victims rebuild their lives. After providing medical attention, the ministry will support long-term rebuilding efforts. Contributions should be designated 120-DIS.
Christian Relief Fund provides money for food, blankets, shelter and medical help for victims of famines and disasters.
Christian World Outreach has been working in Haiti for 30 years, offering medical care, a children's feeding program and women's training center. The ministry will ship a container filled with relief supplies, medical equipment, gently used clothing, blankets, hygiene items and water.
Compassion International's Disaster Relief Fund provides food, clothing and basic supplies to sponsored children and their families.
Convoy of Hope, which is affiliated with the Assemblies of God, provides disaster relief around the world by building supply lines and sponsoring outreaches to the poor.
Danita's Children/ Hope for Haiti Children's Home in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, cares for 75 orphans in the Hope for Haiti Children'sCenter and more than 500 students in its school. The ministry is encouraging people to contribute to its shelter fund to help provide clothing and food for an anticipated influx of children whose parents died in the quake.
FIRE International has more than 180 missionaries around the world, and supports humanitarian projects, orphanage and children's home projects, building and land projects and schools.
Food for the Hungry staff are on the ground in Haiti, and an Emergency Response Unit and nearby Dominican Republic staff are mobilizing to help meet immediate needs for food, water and shelter.
HaitiOne unites churches and aid organizations in Haiti to holistically meet needs. It is distributing 1.5 million meals to earthquake victims and serving as the staging area for Operation Blessing, Samaritian's Purse and other groups providing food, medical help and other assistance.
HCJB Global has sent an Emergency Medical Response team to Haiti to provide medical help at a hospital 20 miles from the earthquake's epicenter.
Heaven's Family is working in Haiti and around the world to care for widows and orphans, meet pressing needs, and equip Christian leaders with tools for the harvest.
Hope Builders International partners with ministries based in Port-au-Prince to distribute food, clothing and basic supplies, as well as offer counseling and prayer. Partner ministries will provide ongoing assistance in Haiti.
Joyce Meyer Ministries Through its Hand of Hope missions group, Joyce Meyer Ministries is partnering with Haiti-based Love A Child to provide immediate short-term assistance, relief and aid to the earthquake victims.
Love a Child Orphanage in Fond Parisien, Haiti, just outside Port-au-Prince, survived the earthquake with no casualties and is caring for victims at its Jesus Healing Center. The ministry also is packing relief supplies to help those near the epicenter of the earthquake.
MAP International is assembling an emergency relief response team to assist earthquake victims in Haiti. It already has contacted medical teams in Haiti who are treating the injured.
Mercy Ships helps send medical missions teams to impoverished nations around the world. It is currently developing a strategy to assist relief efforts in Haiti.
Mission Aviation Fellowship delivers aid and assistance to needy people in remote areas. One of its indigenous staff is missing in Haiti and feared dead, but the ministry is keeping a team of key staff members in the nation to coordinate relief efforts.
New Directions International is partnering with Haitian churches to help them distribute food, water, medical care and temporary shelter in their communities.
Missionary Ventures International has established a relief fund and will be sending supplies, teams and financial support through field coordinators and pastors in Haiti.
Operation Mobilization works in more than 110 nations and is currently working with Haitian churches to provide emergency relief.
Partners International has been working in the areas hit hardest by the earthquake through a partnership with a church-planting and community-development ministry in Haiti.
The Salvation Army is mobilizing staff and resources to assist with relief efforts in Haiti.
Samaritan's Purse teams arrived in Haiti a day after the quake struck, and is providing rolls of plastic emergency shelter material, hygiene kits, and water purification kits, among other relief supplies.
Somebody Cares America is providing food, water, medical care and chaplaincy services to earthquake survivors through partnerships with Haitian churches.
No institution in the culture is
facing more intense persecution than the family. Not only are the
incidences of divorce, infidelity and abuse on the rise, but social
engineers are relentless in their efforts to dismantle the traditional
It’s crucial that we pray for this
vital and foundational unit of society. God’s Word makes it clear that
families play a central role in disseminating the tenets of our faith to
the next generation. Loving homes model virtues such as sacrifice,
patience and unconditional love to a watching world, and committed
marriages exemplify Christ’s devotion to His Church. Indeed, the family
holds a special place in God’s heart.
Please pray for the family to be
preserved as the Lord intended the marital union of one man and one
woman devoted to each other and to raising the children in their home to
be responsible, caring adults. Also keep in mind our elected leaders
and the members of our judicial system as they consider proposed
legislation and various court cases related to marriage and the family.
This is one of the most crucial matters facing our nation, and it’s
imperative that God’s people remain diligent in intercession for these
Use these scriptures to pray that families will follow godly principles.
While we often associate the word church with our locale of worship, Scripture takes a much broader
view. The Church, ultimately, refers to the body of Christian believers
around the world. The Lord is passionate for His Church, His bride. From
the dawn of time, God’s purposes have centered around revealing His
glory through His people and securing our eternity with Him.
As those who guide and disciple
the Church, today’s pastors and other Christian leaders face a vast and
unprecedented array of pressures. While God has blessed His people with
many godly ministers, these shepherds need our prayer support. As they
strive to remain obedient to Christ, ask the Lord to provide them with
strength and avenues of accountability so that they may maintain
steadfastness in their vital callings. Down through the ages Christians
have grieved over the tragedy of pastors who have succumbed to moral
failure. Such circumstances seem all too frequent in our day and age.
Pastoral families experience many unique stresses, too, and they can be
overlooked even though their support role is crucial. Intercede for
them, also, as they seek to faithfully come alongside their loved ones.
Meanwhile, the Christian community
as a whole must struggle to be faithful amidst an “unbelieving and
perverse generation” (Matthew 17:17). Our culture is rife with
ideologies and activities that run contrary to biblical precepts, and
believers must be increasingly “counter-cultural” in order to stay
faithful to their convictions. Clearly, the body of Christ needs
intercession as never before.
Pray for the Lord to spark a
revival throughout our nation, protect the witness of our pastors, and
continue to sanctify and purify Christians around the world. We know
that the spiritual condition of homes, communities and countries often
points back to the believers within those regions. That being the case,
it’s all the more important that we strive after righteousness,
corporately as well as individually.
Here are scriptures to use to pray for unity and boldness in proclaiming God’s Word.
The goals, content and approach of
modern-day education have changed dramatically from the schooling
children received when our nation was first conceived. Formal, public
education was just taking shape at that time as the newly formed
government took responsibility for helping parents with this aspect of
their children’s upbringing. With the 1635 founding of America’s first
public school, the Boston Latin School, biblical faith was
unapologetically woven into classroom teaching. Many teachers were local
pastors, and a reverence for the Almighty and His precepts was viewed
as an integral part of true knowledge.
Today’s schools are a far cry from
those early classrooms. The influence of postmodern thought has left
its mark on 21st-century education, introducing concepts such as
pluralism, “tolerance,” and the rejection of absolute truth. While the
textbooks used in colonial days promoted a faith-based worldview,
today’s curricula are replete with materials that accept and, in some
cases, even condone immoral activities and lifestyles. Meanwhile,
revisionist teachings about our country’s founding remove any reference
to the Christian underpinnings that have long set our nation apart and
helped it thrive.
With this type of atmosphere
pervading our classrooms, it’s especially critical that we pray for our
nation’s public school teachers, administrators and students. Ask the
Lord to raise up a new generation of dedicated educators who will commit
themselves not only to an honest, accurate presentation of all subject
matter, but who will also serve as positive role models for their
students. In addition, let’s not forget to uphold our local school
boards in prayer as they make decisions about the various curricula that
are used across the country.
Use these scriptures to pray for safety, morally sound instruction and wholesome environments.
Today’s business leaders hold a
great deal of sway in our society. America has long celebrated the
entrepreneurial spirit of men and women who have launched innovative and
successful companies. In generations past, honest and generous CEOs
were rewarded with loyal employees, customers and clients. In recent
years, however, greater numbers of large corporations are becoming
characterized by deception, greed, and even fraudulent activity.
In this climate, executives with
strong ethics are especially deserving of our recognition and patronage.
A great way to encourage such business leaders is to support
Marketplace Chaplains USA, a group that positions chaplains in companies
across the country. Also, continue praying that God will provide
corporate America with business leaders who are committed to conducting
Here are scriptures to use to pray that God will raise up His ambassadors in the workplace.
The media is unquestionably one
of the most powerful and influential voices in our culture. Journalism
used to be a simple matter of reporting the facts and, where there was
controversy, presenting both sides of the story. Unfortunately, that is
no longer the case. From the top national networks to local
newspapers, we are faced with the challenge of sorting through
commentary and conjecture in order to get to the truth.
Meanwhile, throughout the
entertainment industry, the heroes of pop culture model vices such as
materialism, promiscuity, substance abuse and violence. Professional
athletes, once some of our nation’s most revered and reliable role
models, now watch many of their fellow players regularly fall into
Those of us determined to be
discerning are constantly faced with the task of wading through the
media’s often biased and immoral offerings to find wholesome and
acceptable alternatives for ourselves and our families. Specifically,
we need to recognize and reject the errant messages of popular culture
that run counter to the Judeo-Christian system of values.
We encourage you to make our
nation’s journalists a subject of prayer. Ask the Lord to provide the
television, radio and print mediums with staff members and executives
who are committed to accuracy and integrity.
We must also remember to
intercede on behalf of the actors, musicians and athletes our young
people seek to emulate. Pray that more of Hollywood’s celebrities will
be worthy of our respect and admiration. And as you watch your favorite
sport, ask the Lord to strengthen and embolden any Christians on the
team or coaching staff. Nothing is too difficult for God and though
the industry often seems unprincipled, we know the Lord is able to use
the media to accomplish His purposes.
Here are scriptures to use to pray for truth and morality to be presented.
In the wake of the Sept. 11
attacks on our own soil, the American people have realized that the face
of war is forever changed. No longer can we think of combat being
fought solely on faraway shores. We must acknowledge that many of the
United States’ enemies are among us, even as others plot against us from
With this sobering reality in
mind, pray for the courageous troops who are actively serving our
country each day not only at bases around the world, but also here
within our borders. Our soldiers daily place themselves in harm’s way in
order to defend the way of life we hold dear, and they desperately need
our prayer support. Their families should be remembered as well. These
individuals often make significant sacrifices as they endure long
separations, frequent moves and other challenges inherent to military
As the heroic men and women in our
armed services secure our liberty both at home and abroad, pray the
Lord’s protection will go before them. In addition, lift up the
chaplains stationed around the world, along with the Christian
servicemen who unofficially fulfill a role of spiritual leadership. Ask
that these believers would faithfully represent Christ among their
Please don’t forget to pray also
for those who have lost a loved one in battle. These grieving families
have paid the ultimate price, and we must ask that God’s comfort would
be upon them in a special way.
Finally, pray that our media’s
accounts of U.S. military actions are relayed fairly and impartially.
Our troops are deserving of their fellow Americans’ gratitude and
respect, and accurate reporting can play an important role in rallying
the American people around our brave servicemen.
Pray for divine protection and
guidance for our armed forces. Ask God to intercede for military
chaplains and loved ones at home.
Our Founding Fathers established a
nearly foolproof system of government; its checks and balances are
among the most noteworthy aspects of our republic. Our executive,
legislative, and judicial branches, when functioning as they were
designed, champion our liberties and prevent our government from
becoming tyrannical and oppressive. By and large, however, the American
people are sadly uninformed about democratic principles and their role
in safeguarding our freedoms. What’s more, the clearly defined lines
between the three branches of government are becoming blurred and United
States citizens are paying the price.We must continue to pray that God protects our way of life, asking that He would embed men and women in office who
are committed to serving their constituents with integrity. We must
remain in prayer for our elections, beseeching God to prompt our fellow
citizens to become involved in this process. Voting is both a duty and a
privilege, and the outcomes of our political races are critical in
determining the future course of our nation.
May God’s hand of wisdom and
guidance remain upon each segment of our society, and through His
Spirit, may believers be inspired to “pray continually” (I Thessalonians
5:17). We are assured that the Almighty hears our petitions. As people
from coast to coast lift their voices in prayer, repentance and
humility, we simply cannot underestimate how the Lord will respond. Let
us together come before His throne with these words on our lips and in
our hearts, “God bless America!”
Here are scriptures to use to pray for our leaders, as well as the judges in our courts. Ask God to grant them wisdom to act with integrity.