Haiti has suffered a devastating blow over the past week, in which a 7.0-magnitude earthquake ripped through the small island nation, killing an estimated 150,000 people, leaving untold numbers wounded, without anywhere to go for safety or help. The aid is now trickling in, but it is still a sad, sad situation.

My in-laws, Dan and Donna Deaton, have a very intimate connection to Haiti. Having lived there as missionaries, they helped establish a local church in the town of Vignier. Over the past 40 years, they have continued to financially support the church there and have traveled back to minister on the island numerous times.

This morning, my father-in-law, Dan, will be traveling to Port-au-Prince, and on to Vignier, to help the rescue and cleanup efforts. He will also be assessing damages in order to coordinate a later return for the rebuilding process. His heart is very heavy right now for the Haiti people. The need is so great and the help is needed right now.

If your heart is compelled to aid in this effort, I would humbly ask you to donate any amount to the mission. I assure you, every penny will go to rebuilding and restoring Haiti. You can click on the following PayPal link to donate online, safely and securely (The page will say, “The Branch Community Church – Help Haiti Now”). Please note, your contribution is tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt upon donation. For those who are able to give, I thank you. And for all those who are lifting up prayers for the Haiti people, may God bless you.