2021 EARTHQUAKE DISASTER RESPONSE
On the morning of August 14, 2021, another devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Haiti, resulting in the leveling of homes, hospitals, and businesses in the southwestern part of the island. Thousands of people have died and many more are now left homeless. An unsteady government, formed after the assassination of the Haitian president in July, has attempted to organize a response but is found lacking. Our team is responding with long-term solutions.
Many are without any power or electricity. We are taking these portable and collapsable lanterns from LuminAID that are powered by the sun. ($30 each)
These Sawyer bucket water filters are designed to last 10+ years and can provide clean drinking water for entire families.
We will be purchasing long-lasting food supplies for struggling families locally in Haiti to help support their economy, including items such as rice and beans.
Preparing A Place Ministry began ministry in Haiti directly after the devastating and deadly earthquake that rocked the country in 2010. Founder Adam Welch was deployed through a disaster relief organization named Crisis Response International on a short-term mission trip . There, he was connected with a local Haitian man named Mackendy Alberique, who now serves as our in-country liason for the ministry. Since that time, we have helped to set up self-sustaining businesses including using microloans, built and launched a school and church, provided fresh drinking water through the use of filters, started farms and taught on agriculture, began church plants, and made many disciples of Jesus Christ in Haiti.
Starting new churches
Our ministry in Haiti's primary focus is preaching the Gospel, discipling new converts, and forming new churches among them. We follow the method taught by Jesus in the New Testament and rely much on prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Our desire is to target rural areas where few churches exist so that many across Haiti would love Jesus and experience His salvation.
EMPOWERING THROUGH EDUCATION
The school that started in 2011 was a first of its kind in the rural community of Bas Fossé. The majority of the children had no access or opportunity to attend school or receive an education prior to its existence. Since its opening, it has had a regular attendance of over 100 students who are the first in their families to be able to read and write. There is a wonderful satisfaction in seeing children and grandchildren reading to their parents and grandparents, which wasn't possible before.
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, yet many of the people desire to work hard, provide for their families, and give to the Lord's work. We know that God cares as much about people in the marketplace as He does in the church building, and thus we have started a number of businesses. These micro-enterprises help to alleviate poverty, care for physical needs, and finance the ministry from within the country. Some of the businesses include distilling essential oils, growing food crops, and a fleet of taxis that provide public transportation.