On October 3 Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti and for over 24 hours the southwestern part of Haiti was pounded with wind, rain and with nothing to stop the raging sea, everything was underwater. Many knew it was coming but had nowhere to escape. The effect of the hurricane will be long lasting, wiping out much of the region’s sugar crop, bananas, plantains, mangoes, trees, livestock and crops. Many of the homes and churches suffered great damage from the floods and winds. If they were fortunate and their structures were not destroyed they still lost their food, clean water, cooking utensils and the few belongings they owned. But they have not lost faith, and Pastor Isaac Jacquet (a Luthern pastor in Jeremie) shared, “I give glory to God for His love for us and from that we saved lives and allowed us to continue His work. All glory to God. We thank all our brothers and sisters who were praying for us, and we felt the effects of your prayers. Through your prayers God protected us.”
It appears that at least 70 of the 113 schools Trinity/HOPE feeds were not significantly impacted by Hurricane Matthew and continued their feeding programs as normal. No loss of life was reported by the feeding program directors or Pastors! On October 18th all schools in Haiti were asked to be back in session by the Haitian government. We praise and thank God for this!
Most schools in Jeremie have no building, and those few that do have walls have no roof; but that won’t stop school from assembling. Keep them in your prayers as neighbors work together to provide the kettles needed to cook the lunch for the children and teachers each school day. This is more critical than ever at this time. Pastor Isaac shared with us that Jeremie also needed plates and spoons. God answers prayers always! We thank the Mid-South District for their generous donation of almost $4,400 from the 50th Anniversary Banquet and Pastor offering to provide the plates, spoons and food! Mesi!!!
One of the most immediate needs Trinity/HOPE has is the financial pressure of replacing the food that was washed away in Jeremie (over $7,300) and the anticipated increasing food prices throughout much of the country due to the loss of local crops and heightened demand. One food vendor we work with in Jacmel was attempting to increase his prices by over 100% compared to what we were paying last month. We are now looking for a new vendor. The need in Jeremie is great. The pictures were sent by Pastor Isaac and are of our schools in the Jeremie district. They are very sad, showing the devastation they are now living amongst.
Please join us in continuing to pray fervently for those in Haiti. We ask God to protect them from further harm and to meet their most basic needs at this time. May those in Haiti feel His presence in a real way and be comforted by the Holy Spirit every minute of every day. Thank you for your continued support.