On January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked the island devastating the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. It estimated that over 200,000 were killed and 1.5 million are homeless living in tent cities. Six months after the earthquake there is not a viable coordinated plan in place to relieve the suffering. The cameras, press, and celebrities are gone, but………God remains.
God is at work in Haiti.
Much of the good that is happening in Haiti is because of God’s compassion for the poor and the work of the church. Many of you saw the video in worship on June 27th that showed what was accomplished through the partnership of Quail Lakes Baptist Church, Progressive Community Church (PCC), and Global Vision Citadelle Ministries (GVCM is a Haitian ministry committed to “plant churches that share the Gospel of Jesus and meet the daily needs for education, clean water, food and medical needs.”). Through that initial step of faith (100 tents, 250 hygiene kits and feeding 100 people one meal a day for one year), God has moved individuals and organizations to help with the recovery effort. The North American Baptist Conference gave $85,000 to Quail to be used in partnership with GVCM to purchase land and block machines; GVCM and Airline Ambassadors have submitted a 2.5 million dollar grant to build homes on the land GVCM will purchase; the Lathrop Rotary and Chamber of Commerce are exploring partnerships with GVCM and Quail to help with the recovery effort; Progressive Community Church is exploring a partnership with GVCM; and The Lighthouse is organizing to send a team to Haiti to help with the recovery effort and more.
The Global Focus Commission has unanimously decided to develop a more intentional partnership with GVCM to join God in the work He is doing in Haiti. Pray with us for wisdom to discern the next steps we can take to build the church and relieve suffering in Haiti.
God is always at work around us,