ELMONT, N.Y.—“All our church members are affected by the earthquake, one way or the other,” says Pastor Jacquelin Saint-Preux of Eglise Evangelique Baptiste, Elmont, N.Y. The Long Island church, comprised of first-generation Haitian believers, joined the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches in 2009.

“Our members are still struggling to grasp the destruction in our country,” Pastor Saint-Preux says, detailing how church members have lost parents, children, brothers, and sisters during the Hatian tragedy. “All of us in the church have lost nieces and cousins. I have many friends of mine who died where I used to live when I was in Haiti.”

Other GARBC churches with Haitian members include Faith Baptist, Winter Haven, Fla.; West Pines Baptist, Lake Worth, Fla.; and Berean Baptist, Naples, Fla.

Pastor Saint-Preux suggests that believers pray for those who lived through the tragedy, and for those who are in need of care, food, and hospitality. “Our big problem right now is all those relatives we have not heard from. Pray for all us here, waiting to hear from our lost ones in Haiti,” Pastor Saint-Preux asks.

“On behalf of my church in Elmont, N.Y., I would like to thank GARBC International for responding so quickly with so much compassion to the suffering of the Haitian people, with prayer and finances. . . . I see that you don’t forget us here!”