October 19, 2016
My heart is heavy tonight as I write to you from the city of Les Cayes, There are no words to describe what I have seen so far in the south of Haiti. I have never ever seen so much destruction in my entire life!
The situation here is catastrophic. Yesterday my team and I traveled to several cities in the western end of the island, places like Port Salut, Roche Abateaux, Au Coteaux, Damasin , and Port a Piment. Only the names of these cities remain! Nothing is left! Everything is gone. It’s miracle the death tole is not highter. There’s not a single hotel or home left! Millions of trees are destroyed, roads are washed out, bridges collapsed, there are many homeless. Pictures just don’t tell it all!
Since yesterday we have registered 58 families with roof damaged. We want to supply them with sheet metal, 2×4 – 1×4 and nails. We have decided to wait on the food relief packages for now because the people are more desperate for roofing material instead.
Since we have been here, it has rained everyday, with more rain expected. We have heard reports of problems with food distribution. People are getting desperate! Convoys trying to supply aid, have been mobbed and supplies have been stolen, never getting to the destination. Just yesterday, not far from us, somebody was shot trying to distribute food. Because of all these concerns, we have put a plan together.
First we go and survey an area, checking things out. Then we interview families and register them according to their needs. After they are registered, the recipient will receive a card/voucher to go claim their building materials later in the week from the local hardware store paid in full.
The opportunities here are endless and we are just getting started! We need your help to assist as many families as possible.
Would you please prayerfully consider making a financial contribution to help put Jesus on display in this critical time in the life of Haitian people.
Bethel Mission Outreach