BIC churches contribute more than $70,000 to Haiti relief
GRANTHAM, Pa. (Mar. 17, 2010)—In the more than two months since the first devastating earthquake ripped through the Haitian capitol of Port-au-Prince, the Brethren in Christ Church in North America has responded generously to calls for aid.
In addition to gifts that BIC churches made directly to Mennonite Central Committee and other relief organizations, more than $70,000 has been received through the Church's World Hunger Fund (WHF) since January 15.
In light of stories like this (and countless others), BIC general secretary Don McNiven remarked, “The response by BIC churches to this tragedy has been overwhelming. These generous contributions reveal the compassionate heart of our churches, and illustrate yet another way that the BIC seek to be God's hands and feet in a broken and hurting world.”
Because the BIC Church does not have a presence of its own in Haiti, its relief efforts involve working in partnership with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and several other on-ground organizations within which there is a significant BIC contingent.
“Gifts through the WHF communicate to MCC and our other ministry partners in Haiti that we Brethren in Christ are united in our commitment to serving compassionately,” adds McNiven.
For stories on the connection between Haiti relief efforts and the BIC Church, check out http://www.bic-church.org/articles/haiti.asp .