The Methodist Church in Britain has launched an emergency appeal and granted £20,000 in immediate aid to Haiti after a catastrophic earthquake rocked the Caribbean nation on 12 January.
The 7.0-magnitude quake, the worst to hit the country in two centuries, tore down the headquarters of the United Nations Mission, the presidential palace and thousands of homes in the space of a minute at 16.53 Haitian time and 21.53 GMT.
The Revd Marcus Torchon, a Haitian Methodist minister serving in the Liverpool District on an exchange programme, said, "I am still waiting for news from family members who are missing. I managed to speak to my nephew after the quake happened, but since that phone call there were more than ten after-shocks. Now the line is dead because the major phone networks are down.
"It is really destabilising emotionally. Practically, I would like to be of service to them. I feel that at some point I may have to go there when the airport is open. At the end of the day, we have nothing but our faith in God."