“Lord, they have no roof. The hurricane blew them off. Help the people of Haiti get new roof.”
This is the prayer of 4-year old Susie. We met Susie this past Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Coral Springs. Susie was there with her parents as we participated in the church’s annual missions conference. After the service, Susie’s mom, Becky, shared that on the day of the hurricane, Susie wanted to pray for Haiti. Mom was surprised as Susie had never just walked up to her and insisted that they spend time in prayer. Since then, the family has been following the updates and Susie has not stopped praying for the people in Haiti who lost their roof.
The simple prayer of this 4 year-old speaks volume of the plight of the people in SW Haiti. In just the Grand’Anse Department/State, which includes the city of Jeremie and 10 other surrounding cities, the Pastoral League of the Grand’Anse Department gave the following assessment:
-75,000 families affected, half of these protestant families
-27,920 houses with only the roof gone
-16,550 houses completely destroyed
-50 schools completely destroyed…assessment incomplete as only 5 of the 11 cities reported
-54 schools with only roof destroyed…assessment incomplete as only 5 of the 11 cities reported
-243 churches with only roof destroyed
-469 churches completely destroyed
-1,213 people injured during the storm
In the Sud (South) Department, the Baptist Churches of Southern Haiti (MEBSH) is reporting approximately 277 of their churches without roof or completely destroyed. These numbers are staggering! All schools in SW Haiti, affected by Hurricane Matthew, were to re-open on Monday, November 7. But in Jeremie alone, 25 schools were completely destroyed and an additional 30 have no roofs. Many families are still displaced. They lost everything. Where do they go to find resources for new uniforms? The cycle of needs seems endless!
But thank God, that He is sufficient to meet all needs. Thank God for ministry partners who have come alongside to help alleviate some of the hardship our Haitian brothers and sisters are facing after Matthew. As you prayed, within the last 48 hours, funds have been promised to rebuild 4 of ESMI’s 7 children villages (orphanages) that were destroyed! 8 of the 25 churches in Jeremie and Cayes now have funding to rebuild! To God be the glory!
Here is a short video produced by one of ESMI’s ministry partners, Hope for Haiti Alliance, and played at their fund-raising event on October 27. It shows some of the “before and after” Matthew.
As ESMI begins to rebuild, getting “new roof,” we cannot do so without thinking about the community. As you give, we’ve passed on resources to assist others. One ministry partner is packing a container of roofing and construction material, which we hope to get soon. As you give, we share. This is how the communities in Haiti function best. This is how the poor have always survived…by living in community! As I progress and move forward, I’ll hold your hands in mine so that we move forward together.
Update on US Teams
The second solar installation team got into Jeremie on Saturday. No emergency landings! Thank the Lord! Medical team from Chicago arrived in Les Cayes safely on Monday. Here are some photos of the solar installation team at work:
So grateful for their work as Jeremie, like most of rural Haiti, is off the grid. Powering and repairing diesel generators for electricity is extremely costly. Thank you, Solar Team!
Thank you, Susie and family, for praying for Haiti and ESMI, to get “new roof.”
Thanks to the 10 ladies in Ontario, Canada, who gather once a month to pray and have put Haiti/ESMI on their prayer list. Thanks to so many of you who are reading the updates and including us in your daily prayers. We trust that you have been encouraged to see how God is answering those prayers. Still more to pray about as there is so much more to be done! We count on your prayers to walk us through this time of…getting a new roof!
PS. The assessment done by the Pastoral League of Grand’Anse was made possible because of your gift that allowed us to purchase motor-cycles for food distribution as well as doing this detailed assessment. See Update #10 on October 14. Thank you for making this possible.
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