Hurricane Matthew, the largest hurricane to hit the Caribbean in decades, passed directly over the town of Jeremie, Haiti, where the Rock Church has been conducting humanitarian and missionary work since 2010 – including the operation of an orphanage that serves abandoned children.
Winds of over 145 MPH and unprecedented amounts of rain brought great destruction, flooding and mudslides. Communication is almost non-existent, but we know that the children and our 16 missionaries in the town are safe; and we know that the damage to the town was vast. The initial report is that any structure not made of concrete was destroyed or severely damaged. Much of the population there lives in makeshift dwellings. We are unsure of the condition of the orphanage buildings at this time.
WHAT ARE WE DOING AS A CHURCH BODY?
Just last month, our team received a shipment 43,700lbs of rice/soy mixture (equivalent of 218,500 meals) for our “super kitchen” that is capable of feeding thousands of people per day. After a catastrophe like this, the three most import components to protect life is clean water, food, and shelter, in that order. God has amazingly positioned us to provide significant food for the population. We have the food, we have missionaries on the ground, and we have several adult Haitians in our discipleship school all positioned to help. Praise God.
WHAT CAN I DO?
The need in Jeremie is great and will likely continue for months to come. For this reason we have set up a special emergency fund that will be used exclusively to aid Haitians in need of food, water or shelter; and to help with damage to the orphanage. You can help be the hands and feet of Jesus to those suffering in Haiti by making a gift to the Rock Church Haiti Relief Fund.
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