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Sending Prayers To Haiti

January 15, 2010, 5:00 PM by Cherlene Richards

Sending Prayers To Haiti
You don't have to be in Haiti to help those affected by the quake. Many Americans are sending donations; others are offering help through prayer.

Nearly three-dozen people came together to pray for the best during these dark days in Haiti.  But Friday's prayer service was not only held for the people in the country, but for two former Augustana College students who are in Haiti.

"We offer prayers for healing and for reconciliation for all people in need, specifically today for the victims of those from the Haiti earthquake,” Interim Campus Director Ann Pederson said.

It's a heartfelt prayer and a timely message; by coming together, Pastor Pederson says anyone can make a difference.

"Prayer, in particular, connects people together.  It's a way for calling our attention to each other's needs,” Pederson said.

And it's also a way to help people half a world away.

"The last thing you wanna do is turn away from God.  We need to be praying for these people that they find God in all this disaster,” Augustana Student Dillon DeBoer said.

Two of the people they're praying for are former Augustana students.  Sarah Thomson and Jon Larson graduated in 2006 and 2007; both were in Haiti when the earthquake hit.

"They're both people as I knew them, completely full of life, so I hope they don't lose that, and I hope they can bring that to the people of Haiti,” Augustana Student Beth Singleton said.

Singleton is thankful her former classmates are okay.  She also knows they're making a difference in this time of need.

“I just hope that the community can unite together there and lift each other up because everyone is going through those losses,” Singleton said.

And those here hope prayers turn into action.  By reflecting, people can figure out how to donate time and money. 

"We're keeping the people of Haiti in our hearts,” Singleton said.

Sarah Thompson and Jon Larson went to Haiti to do mission work.  Jon Larson's cousin, Ben Larson, did not survive the earthquake. He was a seminary student in Iowa.

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