Brothers and Sisters, Friends and You whose heart is broken over the situation in Haiti,
Earlier this month, Haiti was hit by one of the worst natural disasters in recent history. Hurricane Matthew took the lives of over 1000 people. If you remember, 6 years ago, an earthquake killed over 200, 000 which was immediately followed by the Cholera disease which also took the lives of 10, 000 people. The desolation created by Matthew has developed a deep feeling of despair in the Haitian people. MEBSH, (Evangelical Baptist Mission in the South of Haiti), the largest denomination of churches in the peninsula where the hurricane hit the hardest, reported that most of their churches, schools, and presbyteries have been damaged or completely destroyed. They also reported that the houses as well the precarious farmlands in these localities have also suffered the same fate.
There is an urgent need for clean water to minimize the risk of another cholera epidemic. There is an urgent need to put roofs back on houses and start rebuilding those that are destroyed. And since there is no crop to harvest in the coming months, many people are worried about a widespread famine, not only in the affected regions but also across the country.
Our partnership with MEBSH and CMBH (another association of churches) gives us the opportunity to train over 600 pastors on Biblical Theology and Expositional Preaching in these affected regions. We also work with a group of carpenters and builders to create products and services to help local communities. However, these hard-working and resilient men are not able to respond to the urgent need of so many with their limited tools and equipment. They have the skills to rebuild the destroyed homes, schools, and churches but they need more than hammer and nails. We trust the local people to be able to identify their needs and to lead the effort in providing for those needs.
We need your help to donate toward these relief efforts and long-term sustaining activities. Please invest in the rebuilding of the most impoverished country in the western hemisphere.
Do you know a church, business man, a private company, or a branch of local government who could help fill a few containers with tools and equipment? Call them and intercede on behalf of the Haitian people before they are forgotten once again. These simple acts of love and generosity are the little seeds that can grow tall trees in Haiti.
God can provide for the people of Haiti and I pray that He will. Most often He uses people like you and me to do so. Are you moved to help? Please give online or send a check to Union Lake Baptist Church, 8390 Commerce Rd., Commerce Township, MI 48382.
Levanjil is a gospel-centered ministry. We purpose to address the spiritual and material challenges in Haiti by training Haitians to apply the Gospel in every aspect of their lives.
We also have a program for churches who would like to get involved in a training program on Biblical Theology and Expositional Preaching. Maybe it is an opportunity for your church to adopt a group of churches in these affected regions. Send us an email if you want to hear more of this program.
The Levanjil team