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January 23, 2010

Adventists to host Haiti fundraiser

Musicians, dancers and dramatists will gather at the Miracle Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in Baltimore on Saturday to raise funds for the Adventist Development Relief Agency in Haiti. Scheduled to attend is the Rev. Dr. Barry Black, the chaplain of the U.S. Senate and a Baltimore native.

The event, sponsored by the church and the Pray at the Pump Movement, is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church at 120 S. Glen Rock Road in Baltimore. The congregation is home to several Haitians.

Pray at the Pump Movement founder Rocky Twyman, a musician himself, is challenging musicians in the area and throughout the country to organize similar fundraisers in the coming weeks and months.

Posted by Matthew Hay Brown at 10:02 AM | | Comments (4)


Miracle Temple Church is a wonderfully welcoming church to visitors. If you aren't an adventist, please take the opportunity to send up prayers and lend aid to the Haitian cause and visit this church full of prayerful, thoughful and friendly people.

A Special commendation to Matthew Brown who has kept the Haitian story in the news and encouraging so many people to donate. We appreciate the outstanding coverage and know that God will bless him for this. The will not be a story forever and will die down soon.

Meanwhile, I want to encourage all unemployed people to join the Prayer at the Pump Movement on Wednesday, January 27 as we hold a prayer vigil for displaced workers hours before President Obama makes his first State of the Union speech. In my opinion, our nation's unemployed need the same affection and consideration that America has graciously shown the Haitian people. There are long lines in Haiti and long lines at our unemployment centers across the nation. I fear that this situation may cause severe social unrest in our large cities unless this problem is addressed immediately.

Rocky Twyman, founder
Pray at the Pump Movement

A major emergency musical fundraiser for Haitian victims will be held at The First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 810 Shepherd Street NW in
Washington, DC on this Saturday, January 30th from 4-6 PM. Haitian and local religious artists will perform. Proceeds will go to ADRA, The Adventist Development Relief Agency that has low administrative and overhead costs. The event will also feature testimonies from cancer survivors around the Washington metropolitan area. There will be a Book of Condolencess for the Haitian people that the public can sign. Concerned citizens from the Baltimore region are welcome to attend. We encourage inspirational and gospel artists from the Baltimore region to participate in this historic event. For further information, please contact Rocky Twyman, Chairperson at 301-838-7428.

I am a former accomplished muscian. I want to take this opportunity to encourage church muscians throughout the Baltimore area to follow the lead of the music department at the Miracle Temple Seeventh-day Adventist Church and hold some type of fundraiser for the struggling nation of Haiti within the next two weeks.

It is also significant that the Rising Sun First Baptist Church set $2,500 as their goal and raised $5,000. I and Dr. Emmett C. Burns who is also a distinguished Maryland Assembly delegate are challenging all the churches in Baltimore area to at least match this amount of money. This much be done immediately because Haiti will not be in the news forever. God will bless you for your efforts.

Rocky Twyman, Founder
Pray at the Pump Movement

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About Matthew Hay Brown
Matthew Hay Brown writes and blogs about faith and values in public and private life for The Baltimore Sun. A former Washington correspondent for the newspaper, he has long written about the intersection of religion and politics. He has reported from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, traveling most recently to Syria and Jordan to write about the Iraqi refugee crisis.

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