The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) has issued an urgent appeal to help and provide humanitarian aid to millions affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

The latest reports indicate that over 3 million people were affected by Tuesday’s 7.0 earthquake that hit this island in the Caribbean.  Tens of thousands of poor people have lost their homes and thousands have perished under collapsed buildings.

The quake struck at 4:53 p.m. about 10 miles from the capital Port-au-Prince and was the strongest quake since 1770.  Under normal conditions most of Haiti’s 9 million people are desperately poor.  This latest tragedy has made the situation devastating for this poor nation.  Our aid is more than necessary.

As an expression of our Christian concern and solidarity, the AMAA requests that Armenians remember the victims of this catastrophe through prayers and special relief offerings.  An appeal is made to all Armenian Evangelical Churches and to AMAA members and friends to respond to the urgent needs in Haiti.

The AMAA is the missionary arm of the Armenian Evangelical churches worldwide, and its relief efforts are primarily directed to Armenian communities in need of assistance in 24 countries including our homeland Armenia.  Nevertheless, the AMAA also concerns itself with the needs of victims of natural and manmade disasters around the world.  Over the years, the AMAA has provided relief aid to victims of earthquakes, floods, mud slides, hurricanes, tsunamis, war and famine.

Armenians have repeatedly experienced hardships and we understand the plight of suffering people, and should be willing to help those who are stricken by disasters.

Donations received will be channeled through the Wider Church Ministries of United Church of Christ, a longtime international colleague agency of the AMAA.

Please send tax deductible donations to AMAA, 31 West. Century Road, Paramus, NJ 07652. To make a contribution with a credit/debit card, please call AMAA at 201.265.2607 or visit our website – www.amaa.org

We ask you to prayerfully consider making a contribution towards this appeal.