Contact: Jon D. Wilke, Faith Comes By Hearing, 505-881-3321
MEDIA ADVISORY, Jan. 18 /Christian Newswire/ -- Standing on a pile of concrete and tin metal rubble, a 20-something Haitian man points over his shoulder.
"This was my father's house," he said, matter-of-factly. Then the reality rolls over him like a wave, and his voice breaks, "My mother was in there. My family was..."
He is interrupted by another man who yells, "I can hear them in there. But we can't get to them. Without a loader, we can't move this."
On Tuesday, Haiti, the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake near its capital city, Port-au-Prince.
People have set up makeshift shelters, refugee camps and hospitals as others dig through concrete mounds that once held their children, spouses, family, friends and neighbors.
Faith Comes By Hearing, the world's foremost Audio Bible ministry, is responding to this crisis by providing faith, hope and love through God's Word in audio.
"We already have 600 Proclaimers on their way through our ministry partner, Convoy of Hope," said Jon Wilke, the ministry's spokesperson. "These portable, solar-powered Audio Bibles will be given to local pastors so people can hear God's Word in their own language--Haitian Creole."
"There is an immediate need for 3,000 Proclaimers. We want to equip those short-term groups, disaster relief teams, church teams and ministries with the Word of God in a format people can use," he said.
Right now, Haitians are afraid to go inside whatever is left of their homes. They are fearful of aftershocks or further collapse. Masses of people are sitting outside, on the curbs and under homemade shelters. Peoples' houses are crumbled, their families are shattered and they are living in ruins.
"Haitians will need that long-term hope and comfort that comes from knowing God has not forgotten them through this tragedy," said Wilke.
Churches can get involved by providing funding for more Proclaimers or by incorporating these Audio Bibles into their short-term trips. Learn more at www.FaithComesByHearing.com or by calling 800-545-6552.
"Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti and for those who are mobilizing to meet the tremendous needs that are impacting thousands of people," Wilke said.