Updated: 1/17. English translation of Ukaze follows. Huge hat tips to R.D. and Pd.B., who have been following the Haiti situation closely.
General Ukase to all
Archpastors and parish rectors
under the authority of the ROCA First Hierarch
and to all faithful members of our Church.
Update (1/17): a little message to our political friends at ROCOR-Unity, who realized today there was an earthquake (subject of course to alex’s approval.)
Since it seems your administration is unaware of who is where, Fr Gregory Williams says that Fr Gregoire of your church is alive. While I realize it would involve touching “schismatics” you will probably get more information about your own people at http://www.haitianorthodoxmission.org/earthquakerelief.html
For the sake of the safety of your own individuals, you should use all the information you can get. 100,000 people are dead. We can only hope you are sufficiently above politics to realize that.
Hat tip: A.A.While our Russian is limited here, we received just now an appeal from Metropolitan Agafangel to assist in the Haiti crisis. (Click the link for the full appeal in Russian.) Most NFTU readers know that the Russian traditionalist Churches have the strongest foothold to assist in Haiti, and from what we can see, the ROCOR under Vl Agafangel will be using a special collection to assist in this disaster, and assign Fr Gregory Williams to assist in aid distribution.
You can use the link below to help and get aid to Haiti here.
Trust me, I personally know money is tight. My Bishop’s monastery just got a whole new world of costs added. Personally, I might run another appeal for our situation here in our home. But this is important, and this is now. We are talking about thousands reposed. Let’s do what we can for the living.