When it comes to talking about life’s challenges, Haitians don’t pull any punches. They don’t gloss over hard realities. They don’t rely on shallow platitudes to help them feel better.
They know, perhaps better than anyone, that ignoring pain doesn’t make it go away. Shifting the conversation to something more appropriate, something more comfortable, helps no one.
On Monday I spent a few hours listening to testimonies of Compassion-sponsored children, teens, and staff who had suffered injuries and lost parents in January’s earthquake. 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 >>
Survivors of the Haiti earthquake that struck the country almost a year ago have witnessed many disaster relief organizations come and go, but the underlying problems that plagued the nation well before the tragedy still remain.
This is the reason that child development ministry, Compassion International, is committed to walking alongside the lost and damaged children of Haiti, guiding them through the entire recovery process.
“Our program is holistic,” said Edouard Lassegue, vice president of the Latin America region at Compassion International, to The Christian Post. “We work with these children for years and we are in it for the long run because we believe in long-term development.” more >>
Almost a year has passed since the devastating earthquake hit close to Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, leaving over a million people homeless.
Since the disaster that struck the highly populated area on January 12, 2010, survivors continue to struggle to rebuild their lives in the poorest country of the west.
It is in this desperate time that a Festival of Hope will be held with Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). He is set to lead the event in response to an invitation from 75 Haitian pastors eager to deliver the message of the Gospel as a reminder of hope and God’s love for the survivors. more >>