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Our Savior's raising funds for hurricane victims

Sister church in Haiti and its surrounding village were devastated by Hurricane Matthew

Parishioners at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lake Oswego learned this week that their sister church in Haiti has been heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew and that the surrounding village is now “a wasteland.”

Jim Shaw, who coordinates Haiti Mission efforts at Our Savior’s, said reports he received late last week indicate that Les Anglais has been devastated.

“They got a large truck to try again to get to Les Anglais to assess damage, bring food and meet with leaders there,” Shaw said, “but they had to stop at Port-a-Piment due to impassable rivers. Already people are dying of cholera there.

“They met up with a deacon from our sister church who had walked upstream and swam across the Les Anglais River,” Shaw said. “The school was heavily damaged. Crops obliterated with people gleaning fruit and other potential foods from the ground, probably contaminated. At the village of Colse, 50 percent of the people are dead. Boco no longer exists — no people, buildings or animals.”

For the past decade, parishioners from Our Savior’s have visited Haiti to help with a number of projects, such as building desks for the school and installing water filters. They have supported Haitian children by paying for tuition, books and uniforms and rais-ed funds for church con-

struction and agricultural support.

By Tuesday, the death toll in Haiti had passed 1,000 and officials in the impoverished country estimate that more than 350,000 people need assistance. Shaw said his biggest concern was for the safety of the children the parish supports.

“They need food, medical supplies and clean water,” he said.

Shaw said Community of Faith in West Linn and Community of Hope in Wilsonville accepted offerings on Sunday to send to Haiti. Checks for Haiti Relief efforts also can be written to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or mailed to Compassion for Haiti, PO Box 38, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Donations also can be made online at compassionforhaiti.org and when shopping on Amazon.com (set Compassion for

Haiti as the organization to support).

For more information, contact Shaw at 503-784-0730.

— Barb Randall