We praise God that food supplies and water are coming into Jeremie but there are still areas without these. As I was driving from Jeremie to Port-au-Prince early Sunday morning, about 3:00am, I met a group of men who had blocked the road. Their intention was to stop convoys from heading to Jeremie because they themselves were hungry and no one was assisting their community. Everyone was heading to Jeremie and ignoring their plight. Friends, because of your donations, I was able to calm their frustration by sending a truck with food supplies to their city. I also sent the news media to hear their frustrations and spread the news across the island for our government and NGOs to send aid. Here is a clipping of that video:
Here’s what the Weather Channel had to say. In the video you can see ESMI DLO (water) truck assisting with food distribution. Again, thank you for making it possible for us to serve on your behalf: Weather Channel
Today was spent planning Phase 3 of the Relief effort. Phase 1: Food and water, Phase 2: Planning for medical teams, and now Phase 3: Rebuilding Jeremie House by House. Please know that Phases 1 and 2 are still continuing. Cholera is spreading quickly and we are getting ready for our first team in Cayes on October 15 and our first team in Jeremie on October 22.
But because of the current living conditions of our children, they are in dire need to be in their own homes again. Phase 3 must begin within the next two days. I was busy making calls to long time friends and church leaders to see how they could assist. Very grateful to the Lord for the responses. Here is a video of how our children from the Lundi Village are living:
By faith, I began ordering construction supplies today and getting several teams of construction workers ready to begin by Wednesday to rebuild five of the Lundi Homes. Clean up will also begin. Pray with us as we enter this Phase of the relief effort.
Even as we serve the children, it is important that we also serve the community. Our goal is to assist at least 1,000 families to rebuild their homes. This will cost about $1,000 each. Here is a photo of where one church member is living after the hurricane destroyed her home:
Then there are the churches. 17 of our affiliated churches in the Jeremie area (Grand-Anse) were destroyed. In the September e-newsletter, we were encouraged to share with about the Roseau church plant. These are the photos then and now. We must trust God again to provide for all these churches.
Later this month, my father, Bresile St. Germain, plans to visit the Grand-Anse Pastoral League which has a membership of 341 pastors. They all lost their homes and desperately need encouragement and assistance.
The road to recovery seems unending and impossible. But it is in the times of the impossibilities that we see the greatness of our God. And so I rest in this hope, knowing that the who God spared my life on that dark night of Hurricane Matthew will surely provide a way to rebuild for the children and the community of Jeremie. As I remember that night, I cannot forget Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Continuing to count on your prayers, your financial gifts DONATE NOW https://www.esmihome.org/donate/sponsor-a-project/disaster-relief/, and your presence with us on one of the upcoming teams.
In His Name,