Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Flagler College official: Let Haitians "see the face of God"

Solidarity with quake victims. Link: YouTube video of vigil.

A small group of students, faculty and staff at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fl., held a candlelight vigil Tuesday for victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated Haiti.
The Florida college is collecting donations for victims of the quake. Half the donations will go to the International Red Cross, school officials said. The other half will go to Lynn University and the families of four students and two professors who were in Haiti when the quake struck and have not been found.
Associate Dean Yvan Kelly offered a prayer during the vigil:
We pray today for those in Haiti whose poverty has been made worse. Whose suffering has been made worse. And for those whose hopes of life-saving miracles are fading.
We remember those who had traveled to Haiti...to improve the conditions of people's lives and who in turn sacrificed their own.
...We remember the four students from Lynn University and their two faculty members who were lost in the collapse of their hotel. Comfort their families who must now face such a sudden and painful loss....
The scope of the devastation is on a scale beyond our comprehension. In this tragedy we're reminded that we live in a broken world, one in need of your love and restoration. We trust and believe that you are and have been with the people in Haiti. We ask that those there suffering will be allowed to see the face of God through the efforts of rescue workers, who help those who are hungry and thirsty, and those who are injured and diseased.
In facing such a daunting crisis, we pay for a peace that surpasses all understanding. Allow all those there to live in harmony and to work together to restore and rebuild their community.
What took moments to destroy will take years to rebuild...Prevent us from forgetting those in need once the images have faded from our television screens...

Also Tuesday, several musicians gave a concert at Flagler College to help raise money for earthquake victims.

Josh Santos, 19, of Tampa, was among those who performed.

Drew Martin, 21, a musician and mechanic pictured showing off his favorite tattoo, said he admired the strength of the Haitian people. He said:
I feel bad for the people. They're going through hell. They're tougher than I could ever be. My heart goes out to them. They're in my prayers every night.

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