Response to Haiti

Prayer Service for the People of Haiti Tonight at Truett Seminary

Jan. 14, 2010

To: Baylor Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Dr. David E. Garland, Interim President of Baylor University

Dear Baylor Faculty, Staff and Students,

You have no doubt seen reports of the terrible devastation following Tuesday's massive earthquake on Haiti. Since then, we have received several emails from Baylor alumni in Haiti. Sadly, one wrote that the destruction we're seeing on the TV news "isn't doing it justice. It is a disaster area here."

Many of you are asking what can we do as a Baylor family to help the people of Haiti and those on our campus who have family and friends in Haiti. The most immediate thing we can do is pray. The university will hold a prayer service for Haiti for all Baylor faculty, staff, students and the Waco community at 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 14) in the Paul Powell Chapel at Truett Seminary. We invite you to join us in prayer for Haiti.

In addition, funds are urgently needed to purchase water, medical supplies and other essentials for the early phase of the recovery effort in Haiti. Baylor students are currently organizing a fundraising campaign to assist with Haitian relief, and we will let you know as soon as that is available. In the meantime, you can help immediately by donating to the Red Cross at, or donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999." You can find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information at

As we heard from an alumnus: "Pray for us. Pray for supplies, peace, health, safety." The Baylor community is encouraged to pray for our neighbors in Haiti, for the families of those who have lost their lives, for those who are suffering, and for those who are on the way to bring relief and restoration to Haiti.

Response to Haiti