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While the rest of the world has moved on, our Haitian friends who were in the path of Hurricane Matthew last October are still living with the aftereffects. Many of you stepped up to provide relief through prayers, donations, and volunteer time, which provided basic needs: nutritious foods; tarps and tin for temporary shelter; rebuilt churches and schools; and benevolence funds for families to purchase and replace necessities. Relief teams provided a helping hand and a visible reminder that these families haven’t been forgotten.
As the relief work transitions to rebuilding, will you join us in prayer for:
A sense of hopelessness has settled over some communities where hurricane damage was extensive. The Haitians are weary after 4 months of living with the aftereffects of the hurricane. Pray for God to move, as only He can, to light the darkness and inspire renewed hope.
Thousands of families are homeless or have damaged homes that can crumble in the next storm. Their pressing, immediate need is shelter. They need protection from the elements along with the safety of a secure home. Pray for donors to step up – individuals, businesses, and foundations – with the resources to provide these families with homes. Our goal is to house 200 families. The first 20 homes have already been committed and construction is starting! (Nationwide, around 200,000 homes were destroyed. source)
We are working with our staff in Haiti to determine the best initiatives to help communities rebuild for the future: replanting bread fruit and banana trees; providing animals to replace those lost in the hurricane; microbusiness loans to help reestablish and/or start new businesses; and more. Pray for wisdom, as we want any new initiatives to be a blessing and not a hindrance to the Haitian families, communities and local economies.
Mobile health care teams will start visiting these remote locations to treat the people. Pray for safe travel for these teams, pray for the people who are being treated, pray for wisdom in treating the people, and pray for resources to meet their health needs (medications, etc). And, most importantly, pray for God’s love to be evident in all these teams do…may they provide physical healing, while pointing families to the Healer of their souls.