Haiti Update

Dave McCloud, our Serve the World team leader, asked me to post an update on our relief efforts in Haiti.  The situation changes moment by moment so I will make an effort to pass information on to you so that you can pray.   Please check back here periodically.

Everything is unfolding pretty quickly.  For example, I just got off the phone with one of our members flying to Haiti tonight to provide medical assistance. Some of Granada’s doctors will be covering extra shifts here in Miami to cover for those who have already gone down.  We need to thank God for the way people have come together to serve the Haitian people.

What is happening with the food and water collected at Granada?  These supplies have already been collected, transported to a warehouse here in Miami, put on pallets, and prepared for containers. I heard details today about the shipping of the containers.  While the docks at Port-au-Prince are being restored one-by-one, there remains a bottleneck for food and supplies getting into the country. Containers will arrive much more quickly if sent through the Dominican Republic and then brought across the border by truck.  The trip for the containers to the DR is three days from Miami.  The truck trip to Haiti is estimated to be less than 6 hours. We plan to have someone from Granada meet the containers in the DR and ride with the truck into Haiti.  Marcel Baptiste and Brian Kelso, two of our sister church pastors, will meet the truck from the Haiti side of the border.  A warehouse and distribution center has already been established outside of Port-au-Prince so that these supplies can be taken safely into the city and provided to those most in need.  Plans are also being made to convert empty containers into safe living-quarters once they have been emptied.

What is happening to money given to this effort?  These resources are being used for medicines, additional food, and other supplies to be added to what has already been given.  As we hear more about specific needs, those resources can be used to secure what is needed far more quickly. For example, a sister church has secured and staffed a clinic just outside of Port-au-Prince.  We will want to help provide the supplies they need to treat victims.  Having these resources will enable us to move more swiftly to meet these needs.  All of this is clearly a cooperative effort.  Many churches, ministries and businesses have joined hands to provide assistance.  I marvel at how God has opened the door for new relationships through the crisis.

When will teams be going down from Granada?  Yes, they will.  Arrangements need to be made in Haiti for teams to serve and we want to make sure the teams will be safe.   Right now the work is still rescue and recovery and providing emergency relief.  As the renewal and rebuilding phase begins we will be much better equipped to send teams. Keep posted for these opportunities in the days ahead.

What about adoptions?  The Haitian government has sent mixed signals about sending orphans to Florida.  We have been told that as many as 10,000 orphans will arrive.  It remains to be seen how many children will be allowed to come to the U.S.   We are coordinating with a ministry in Broward County, 4 Kids,  for screening for those who are interested in welcoming a child into their home.  You can find their site where an application can be completed at:  http://www.4kidsofsfl.org/

Finally, those who know the situation in Haiti well expect a severe shortage of food across the entire nation.  Why?  In the past, food has flowed into the country from the capital, Port-au-Prince.  This supply has been cut off for some time now.  Shops across the country have already reported shortages.  Within the next two to three weeks, this will become a major crisis for the entire country.  Let’s pray together for peace for the people and wisdom in how to respond to these needs for food.

Thank you for praying, for giving, and for sharing.  We thank God for the hope that we have in Christ and the message of his mercy and the love he has given to us.

18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy on January 19, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Still want to help somehow, 7 years later……….

    Reply

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