- Jan 28, 2010
As the tragedy in Haiti continues to unfold, the Denver Seminary community remains deeply concerned and committed to pray for that devastated land and her people. Our faculty member, Dieumeme Noelliste, comes from Haiti. In a recent interview with Christianity Today Dr. Noelliste identified one of the many untold stories about the enduring consequences of the earthquake. He noted:
One story that hasn’t been told in the secular media is the number of Haitian pastors who died in the earthquake, leaving their parishioners without any shepherd. The American church should know about this and think about what can be done to help. Haiti was already struck with a paucity of pastors before the earthquake; many trained pastors have left for Canada, the U.S., and other places. And many pastors in Haiti are in charge of not just one church but many churches.
You can find the excerpts from the full interview with Dr. Noelliste on Christianity Today's website.
Like many of you, we’re asking, “How can we do more to help the people of Haiti?” As Haiti struggles to survive and eventually begins to emerge from this disaster, one of her most pressing needs will be leaders and pastors who will help rebuild churches and communities throughout the land. The Evangelical Theological Seminary of Port-au-Prince (STEP) in Haiti is uniquely positioned to help meet that need. With over 1100 graduates, the interdenominational seminary has a long history of providing quality training for Christian church leaders and modeling a commitment to integrity and orthodoxy. Although the campus was damaged by the earthquake, STEP has continued to serve as a community center during the crisis where Haitians know they can find compassionate help. STEP is in immediate need of emergency relief funds in order to meet the staggering needs of the country and to rebuild for the future.
Here’s how you can help:
We’ve become aware of an opportunity for the Denver Seminary community to help STEP through Overseas Council, an organization that partners with seminaries, Bible institutes and other strategic ministries all around the world. Through the generous support of a friend of Overseas Council, a $10,000 challenge match fund has been established. Every dollar given to support STEP will be matched from this challenge fund, thus doubling the impact of your donation. Please prayerfully consider how you might be involved in this urgent STEP relief effort.
All gifts will be administered through the organization Overseas Council. If you would like to make a gift to this fund, please follow this link: STEP-HAITI Earthquake Relief. (Please note that the “STEP-HAITI Earthquake Relief” option is already selected for you on this donation page).