Lutherans helping Haitian Americans in Florida
My name is Rev. Kevin Massey. I’m the director of the ELCA’s Domestic Disaster Response and Lutheran Disaster Response. I’m in Florida today supporting the work of a wonderful Lutheran agency, Lutheran Services Florida. Lutheran Services Florida has responded to a request for help from the State of Florida to help them serve many Haitian Americans who are coming to the United States from Haiti following the earthquake.
Lutheran Services Florida has strong relationships with the Haitian American community and is coordinating Creole speaking volunteers at the Sanford International Airport near Orlando and in Tampa. I visited their work at Sanford Airport today, and you can’t imagine how relieved people were getting off the plane to be met by someone who welcomes them and speaks their language and comforts them!
The ELCA has granted Lutheran Services Florida with $25,000 to support their work caring for the needs of those whom they serve affected by the Haiti Earthquake. Lutheran Services Florida is using these funds to provide emergency hardship funds to help people arriving who need some basic needs provided for. Thank you to all who have given to the ELCA’s Haiti Response. You have already helped many through the work of Lutheran Services Florida.
Please pray for Denis Noreus and the many volunteers and staff of Lutheran Services Florida as they serve in this way. Please pray for the people in Haiti and everywhere affected by the Earthquake.
In Christ, Kevin