SGUMC long term supporter of Haitians

By on January 22, 2010

1-28-10 Correction:
An article titled “SGUMC longterm supporter of Hatians” on page 1A of the Jan. 21, 2010, Elburn Herald, incorrectly stated that part of the money raised recently by Sugar Grove United Methodist Church would be donated to the American Red Cross. The church is not giving any of the donations to the Red Cross, but is sending all of the funds it collected to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, for the Grace Children’s Hospital and for general relief in Haiti.
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by Martha Quetsch
SUGAR GROVE—The Rev. Steve Good, pastor at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, first went to Haiti 28 years ago as a college student, to study and do missionary work for several months.

Later, he encountered the Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, a decades-old facility run by Haitians, for Haitians. After becoming pastor at the Sugar Grove church 15 years ago, he introduced the congregation to the hospital.

“They really have embraced it as one of their missions over the years,” Good said.

Church members have gone to the Haiti hospital several times with mission teams. While there, they scrubbed floors and walls, put up fresh coats of paint, and socialized with the young patients. The church also has sent school supplies, medicine and other essentials for the hospital, which has a one-room school to educate patients who are well enough to attend. The congregation also has sent monetary donations to help support the hospital.

Since the earthquake last week, the church has stepped up its support, collecting about $2,000 for the hospital and for general relief efforts in Haiti during last Sunday’s services.

“It was very encouraging to see that, just on one Sunday,” Good said.

Good said that Grace Children’s was severely damaged in the earthquake, with one young patient being killed in the disaster. Patients now are being cared for outside the building, in addition to other Haitians seeking help from the facility.

In addition to raising money for Haiti, Sugar Grove United Methodist Church is conducting a collection for personal essentials that it will send to Haiti through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The church is seeking items including one-gallon re-sealable plastic bags, hand towels, washcloths, combs, fingernail clippers, bath-size bars of soap, toothbrushes, sterile bandages and toothpaste. Church members will transport these supplies to the UMCOR warehouse in Chatham, Ill.

Anyone who wants to make financial donations can do so directly online at www.umcorhaiti.org for general Haiti relief or to www.intlchildcare.org to support relief efforts through Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Checks can also be made payable to “Sugar Grove UMC” , designating Haiti Relief in the memo and mailed to Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 226, Sugar Grove, Ill. 60554. For questions, call the church at (630) 466-4501 or go to www.sgumc.net.