Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and Friends,
Steve here….I thought I’d give you a brief update on the Fellowship’s partnership in Haiti, post-earthquake. You’ll recall the massive earthquake through struck Haiti back in January 2010 which devastated the country. The word went out to our churches and our Fellowship family quickly raised over $625,000. In a partnership with Emmanuel International (a Canadian mission) we have been involved in relief efforts and now in reconstruction projects. In a separate project, our Fellowship Baptist church in Pierrefonds, QC, (Eglise Baptiste Emmanuel de l’Ouest de I’lle) has also collaborated with FAIR to feed hungry Haitian school children.
Earlier this year, Norman Nielsen, the coordinator of FAIR, the Fellowship Agency for International Relief, visited these projects on our behalf. Here is a brief update from Norman:
Three years after the earthquake in Haiti there are encouraging signs in the rebuilding and development where FAIR has been involved. Unfortunately in an environment of extensive poverty progress is often slow and frustrating. In visiting the Port-au-Prince area there was evidence of new structures and restored “life” in the streets. The central church building in Cabaret has been restored and once again is a center of worship and preaching (see photos). The school in Marbiel is rebuilt with more extensive and developed facilities than before to quake serving Grades 1-12. FAIR participated in the relief work in this location and a German organization principally funded the rebuilding of the school.
In north Haiti, in Dondon (one hour outside of Cap-Haïtien), I observed the school, and associated church, where FAIR partners in feeding 570 children one meal each school day. Grace in Action through this nutrition program enhances their ability to learn within an excellent Christian school setting. The meal program has totally changed the educational experience as well as the physical well-being of these children. Smiles on faces tell the whole story and give witness to the community of the “love of Christ expressed in a tangible way”. There is potential in two branch school locations to duplicate this program when funding becomes available.
Haiti, once again, impressed on my heart the spiritual and material impact our Canadian churches and FAIR supporters can have in the midst of tremendous need.
This spring we are appealing on behalf of the children in not only Haiti, but also in Honduras where thousands of street children are at risk, many being forced into prostitution and other dangerous situations. Please consider once again, “speaking for the children” through a personal gift, or promoting our present FAIR appeal in the ministry where you are involved with your church family. The children of Haiti and Honduras urgently deserve a further “helping hand”. For more information, visit: Who Speaks for the Children on our website.
Thank you for your commitment to sharing “a cup of cold water” with the people of Haiti. Our efforts together are making a huge difference.
Have a blessed week,
Our 2013 Fellowship theme verse is:
“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7