A U.S. missionary who was held in a Haitian prison for more than five months without charges is now free and bound for the United States.
“I was trying to keep thin[g]s quiet until he was safely out of Haiti. However, some things are impossible to keep quiet. Especially really great and wonderful news,” reported Leann Pye, wife of 29-year-old pastor Danny Pye, who was being held in a prison in the southern Haitian coastal town of Jacmel.
“Our prayers, tears, and words have been heard and responded with a YES,” she exclaimed Wednesday in her blog. “Danny is free and is out of Jacmel spending some time with the kids. We will be unavailable until next week. Thank you all for your support and prayers. God is good!” more >>
For 24 hours Wednesday, concerned Christians from various parts of the country joined in a time of prayer and fasting for the release of a U.S. missionary in Haiti who has been imprisoned for over four months without charge.
Though little media attention has been given to 29-year-old pastor Danny Pye, those who have caught wind of his plight have been praying for his release from prison in the southern Haitian coastal town of Jacmel.
Pye, who has been serving in Haiti since 2003, was sent to prison last October after appearing before a local magistrate. The purpose of the court appearance was to negotiate the legal dividing of property and other assets belonging to Joy in Hope, the ministry he and his wife established to serve needy children. Pye and his wife Leann left the ministry to create an orphanage they named Kenbe Fem, Creole for “Hold Strong.” more >>
Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll spoke Wednesday to over 50,000 people during an outside church service commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake.
The event, which took place outside the collapsed capitol building in Port-au-Prince, was hosted by Churches Helping Churches, a global church partnership co-founded by Driscoll to help rebuild churches devastated in the wake of a natural disaster.
Addressing a sea of Haitians that crowded the five-way intersection to attend the rally, the Seattle-based pastor shared the Gospel based on Galatians 4:4-7 on the difference between a son and a slave. more >>
One year after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck close to Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, people are still searching for answers, said a long-time Haiti missionary.
David Carwell, program manager of Mission Aviation Fellowship in Haiti, acknowledged that the number of Haitians responding to the Gospel has declined since the days immediately following the quake, but he believes there will be another “surge” of people accepting Christ.
“The widespread openness to the Gospel really peaked about a month after the earthquake,” Carwell said. “People were turning to the Lord everywhere. Even Mardi Gras parties were curtailed in 2010. But after that initial surge of relief aid tapered off, things slowly went back to the way they were. I believe we’re going to see another surge of people turning to the Lord again this January.” more >>
“With many hands, the load is not heavy.” – A Creole Proverb
A catastrophic earthquake just one year ago left the already impoverished country of Haiti devastated. But two people, among millions, live to provide a ray of hope.
When Bobby and Sherry Burnette made their first trip to Haiti in 1972 their hearts were forever changed. They moved to Haiti in 1991 from Miami and never looked back. Witnessing the disastrous earthquake firsthand in 2010, their survival gave them the opportunity to help others survive. more >>
It is one year later, but most of the 1.5 million people displaced by the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti are still living in tents in squalid conditions. But for a fortunate few, a new home funded or partially built by American churches will arrive this year.
Haiti Transformed, a ministry of Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas, has, as of this date, built 48 homes for Haitian quake victims in the city of Leogane, about 20 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. The church’s goal is to construct a total of 100 homes for the families living in a tent village there.
The church moved close to reaching that goal when university-aged students at the Passion 2011 conference in Atlanta donated $140,400 to Haiti Transformed, or enough to build another 39 homes. more >>