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A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.
If you have little or nothing, and you lose all of it in a few hours’ time, despair sets in. Question marks abound on every face, and the fear of the future is ominous.
As I look into the faces of my beloved Haitian people, I see their momentary desperation and hopelessness. Yet, I see that beyond despair is the thought of rebuilding and somehow reassembling their lives around what little they once had.
This is the plight of hundreds of thousands of villagers in Haiti and many whom live around Place of Hope. With roofs blown away and personal belongings hanging like strands of colored ribbon in the bright sunshine of Haiti, the people are considering their next move. These are a people who are strong and determined, having lived through a thousand tragedies of earthquakes and storms.
One huge problem is the heavy rain that has a way of descending on Haiti so often. If a villager has no roof, they flee to the nearest building that still stands. This is exactly what has been happening to scores of villagers around Place Of Hope in Haiti- immediately they flee up the mountain to the orphanage, church, and medical center that we provide, seeking shelter from the storms and rains. This has resulted in intense strain on an already crowded orphanage facility and church. SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
We dare not ignore these beautiful mountain people whose families have lived in the same plot of ground for centuries. WE HAVE TO HELP THEM- or do we? What does God say about this? JAMES 2: 14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?” (MSG)
We are all responsible to one another. This means I simply can’t tell these stranded people to get out of our house when they have no home to go to. You see, we represent pregnant mothers, and youth who deserve education, people who can change Haiti, if they are just extended a hand of help. Place of Hope in Haiti wants to help these people install new roofs on their homes and to be able to somehow rebuild what has been taken from them so quickly. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DO THIS, SO I ASK YOU PLEASE TO JUST SAY THIS ONE PRAYER WITH ME, “Dear God, what do you want me to do to help just one family to rebuild?
Here are some answers:
- $60 WILL BUY ONE METAL ROOF PANEL IN HAITI
- $100 WILL BUY TREATED LUMBER TO ENABLE DADS ANDMOTHERS AND CHILDREN TO BEGIN PUTTING THEIR HOME ROOF BACK IN PLACE.
- $1,000 WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARD HELPING A FAMILY TO BUY MATERIAL TO RE-BUILD A SMALL HOME
- $500 WILL BUY CEMENT BLOCKS AND MORTAR.
Place of Hope will channel your gifts 100% as directed and not just give money, but purchase materials for these dear people, and thus prove by our works that our love for Christ compels us to follow James’ rules for the poor and homeless.