Hurricane Matthew

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Hurricane Matthew, a powerful category 4 storm, made landfall on Haiti early Tuesday, October 4, 2016.  From there, Matthew hammered the Bahamas Oct. 5-6 as a Category 3 and 4 hurricane.  The southeastern United States was then hit hard by Hurricane Matthew as it moved very close to the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Matthew made one official U.S. landfall on Oct. 8 southeast of McClellanville, South Carolina, as a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds.

With as many as 900 killed and tens of thousands of homes destroyed in Haiti, the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew is becoming more clear as officials and aid workers are starting to reach remote areas.

Outside of immediate food, the greatest needs will be shelter, water and hygiene supplies. Along with partners, Catholic Relief Services is now responding in some of the most affected areas in southern Haiti. CRS will distribute blankets, kitchen and hygiene kits and other emergency supplies as needed, as well as monitor potential outbreaks of cholera and other diseases. CRS is distributing hygiene kits, including soap, buckets and toothbrushes, as well as kitchen utensils and blankets.

CRS is also responding in other areas of the Caribbean where families and homes have been destroyed, but the greatest needs are in Haiti. CRS has made an initial commitment of $5 million to help in Haiti and other countries devastated by Matthew.

Please support the Church’s response to Hurricane Matthew as we pray, learn, act and give to those in need.

 

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May the Lord Give Might to His People

A prayer for all those affected by Hurricane Matthew

Compassionate God, we pray for all those in the Caribbean affected by Hurricane Matthew, and offer the words of the psalmist:

“May the Lord give might to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace!” (Psalm 29:11)

As families seek shelter, we pray: “May the Lord give might to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace!”

As people search for loved ones, we pray: “May the Lord give might to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace!”

As survivors look to the future, we pray: “May the Lord give might to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace!”

As rescue workers work tirelessly, we pray: “May the Lord give might to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace!”

Lord, give might to those who need your strength to carry on.

Fill their troubled hearts with your peace and move us with your compassion that we may respond generously to those in need. Amen.

 

Locations:
  • Ashtabula
  • Office of Social Services
  • Regional Agency
  • Portage & Stark