Hope for Haiti Concert in St Louis

Hope for Haiti Concert in St Louis

Saturday evening July 10th in St. Louis, I had the opportunity to attend Hope for Haiti – An Evening of Music to Benefit our Haitian Neighbors.

The event was inspired by the prayer of Ray, a child from Epiphany UCC in St. Louis who prayed that his church would do something to help the people of Haiti.  Mary Albert, Pastor at Epiphany, gathered a group together and Hope for Haiti emerged.

Over 20 UCC and Disciples congregations from the greater St. Louis area, along with several individuals and The Deaconess Foundation signed on as co-sponsors.  

Karen Elizabeth Hylton , who grew up at Centennial Christian Church and UCC musician and justice advocate Bryan Sirchio presented a diverse, moving concert.  A silent auction was held at intermission.  I had the opportunity to bring greetings, thank folks for their support and provide a brief update on the earthquake relief ministries being supported by Global Ministries, One Great Hour of Sharing and Week of Compassion.  I focused on CONASPEH’s work, as they were the designated recipient for the proceeds from the concert.  Over $10,000 was raised.

It was a grand evening – folks were still buzzing on Sunday morning – grateful for the opportunity to join together as UCC and Disciples to remember Haitian sisters and brothers and contribute to the recovery work of CONASPEH.


Susan Sanders
United Church of Christ
Minister for Global Sharing of Resources
One Great Hour of Sharing Administrator