Week 1 - IMA World Health

Health Initiatives in Haiti

Lent 1A (March 13-19)


Brief Introduction

IMA World Health (IMA), is a specialist in providing essential healthcare services and medical supplies to people in need around the world.  The organization has been providing medicines and supplies to Haiti for much of its 50 year history, and has had a permanent office in Haiti since 2000. IMA has working relationships throughout Haiti ranging from the central Haitian government to the community level. The group also works with other US and international agencies and faith-based organizations throughout the country.  In the wake of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2010, IMA immediately began to develop an emergency response, providing medicines and medical supplies as part of the international medical relief effort.

IMA World Health has many initiatives in Haiti that go far beyond emergency relief.  For example, in June, 2010, over 4,000 community volunteers trained by IMA provided hands-on help to distribute the drugs to treat Lymphatic Filariasis (which leads to Elephantiasis) and soil-transmitted worms. Nearly 1.4 million people (20% of the national population) were treated in one month.

Hymn Suggestions

Psalm 32 – NCH 642

There is a Balm in Gilead – NCH 553

Out of the Depths, O God, We Call – NCH 554

For the Healing of the Nations – NCH 576

We Yearn, O Christ, for Wholeness – NCH 179

O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come – NCH 175

O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns – NCH 212

Lead Us from Death to Life – NCH 581

Hymns of Healing and Forgiveness – NCH 544-555

Lent 1A Hymns

Again We Keep This Solemn Fast- NCH 187

Forty Days and Forty Nights – NCH 205

Lord Jesus, Who through Forty Days – NCH 211

Mark how the Lamb of God’s Self-Offering – NCH 167

O Love, How Vast, How Flowing Free – NCH 209

Ekolu Mea Nui (Three Greatest Things) – NCH 496

God Marked a Line and Told the Sea – NCH 568


Prayer from Haiti (source: With All God’s People, World Council of Churches, p. 248)

Lord, how glad we are that we don’t hold you, but that you hold us.


Call to Worship
(Psalm 132)

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven.

Happy are those in whose spirit there is no deceit.

While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you; and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.



Opening Prayer (source: A Procession of Prayers, by John Carden, pp. 111-112)

O God, our minds become bewildered and our lives frustrated by the problems of wealth and poverty, obesity and wasting, power and powerlessness, stones and bread.  We are tempted to leave the problems in your hands, and turn away from our responsibilities.  Forgive us for wanting you to be merely the miracle worker.  Guide us and inspire us at all times to do what is right, honest, just and sincere in your sight.  Make us both hearers and doers of your word.  Amen.


OGHS Theme:  Sharing Brings Joy to us, to others, to God.


Scripture:  2 Corinthians 9:7-8 

OGHS LIVE CHAT – Call in from 7:15 – 7:45 joining Mr. Rick Santos and OGHS Staff discussing IMA World Health’s response before, during and after the Haiti Earthquake, January 12, 2010.




Prayer of Dedication (adapted from Gifts of Many Cultures, by Maren C. Tirabassi and Kathy Wonson Eddy, p. 53)

O God, to those who have hunger give bread,

And to those who have bread give the hunger for justice.

Bless these our offerings, that they may bring bread and justice to your people. Amen.


Prayer for Haiti (Source: i.ucc, written by Ron Buford)

Gracious God, at times like these, our faith seems backed into a corner, nearly overcome, pursued as doubt and despair breathe down our necks, pretending they have real power to overcome us. And we are afraid . . . until we remember that they do not have the power to overcome us. Until we remember You and how Your son, our brother Jesus suffered and was resurrected; until we remember how our ancestors suffered but overcame great trial; until we remember our own silent suffering . . . and your salvation made real in our lives. By the grace of Almighty God, we are here, guided through hell, reigning with resurrection victory . . . in this life. Thanks be to You, O God!

And now, O God, bring us once again as we work and pray with and for the people of Haiti. You know and see what we cannot see. Help our unbelief. Strengthen our weary feet and trembling hands as we stand in the gap lifting up this great people to You and from destruction. May the prayers of our hearts ascend to You, O God, even as the prayers of our hands, feet, and purses descend with real solutions. For all the things we cannot do, we turn them over to You -- with hope and expectation that You will create and inspire solutions we cannot yet begin to imagine, beginning with our hearts. Descend upon us and upon the people of Haiti we pray, for we know that with You, O God, absolutely nothing is impossible.

May we not forget Haiti when we sit down at tables with plenty to eat, walk through the door of our comfortable homes and apartments, bow or kneel to pray in relative comfort, gather to worship, or advocate to our government on other issues, until restoration and redemption has come for all the sons and daughters of Haiti. Bind the people of Haiti to our hearts. May the peace of God surpassing human understanding sustain this suffering people, their faith, and our own that we may receive fresh insight from the Stillspeaking God that moves Haiti beyond suffering and survival to paradise and possibility where love, mercy, and justice for all people embrace and kiss each other and the earth . . . in Haiti. Amen.

Commissioning and Benediction (written by Rev. Karen M. Farthing)

We are called by God to go forth into the world, to care for the poor, lift up the oppressed, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and heal the lepers.  May we go now, in Christ’s name, with Christ’s peace, to love God and do justice in the world.  Amen.


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Ms. Phyllis Y. Richards
Program Associate, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115