Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti –
A 7.2 earthquake hit the western tip of Haiti this morning at 8:30AM. The death count so far is 227. Two Cross to Light churches are nearby, Grand Goave pastored by George and Miragoane pastored by Patrick. This finger of the island has been blockaded by gangs. They’re not allowing anyone to pass with the threat of machetes’.
Gangs just announced, as an act of kindness, their going to open the road for two months. Praise God for this open door. We have two native pastors there to provide prayer support now. We are working to bring in emergency relief; food and supplies. Thank you for your prayers and support in this effort.
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We are preparing an Emergency Relief response container. If you’d like to make a donation it will help us send in two 20′ foot containers loaded with 98,000 pounds of food for immediate import. Haiti has been declared to be in a State of Siege. People are ordered to stay indoors but with scarce foot and water. Your donation helps us get these containers sent ASAP.
Cross to Light Emergency Relief
Cross to Light operates in two areas of the world that are extremely high risk; Haiti and Israel. These environments are volatile at times and periodically lends to emergencies that arise with those under our care; pastors, staff and volunteers.
Haiti is the United States poorest third world neighbor and is the poorest country in the Americas. The tiny island nation is often under extreme duress due to political and economic hardship. As a result food and fuel become scarce and expensive without warning. When this occurs most people living in Haiti find it very hard to get to work and to get food.
Cross to Light’s distribution network is unlike any other in Haiti. It consists of air and sea import to Port au Prince, truck transportation to its eleven church community centers located throughout the various provinces of Haiti. Each church community center is managed by a senior pastor and team who ensures supplies are distributed appropriately as they are local experts with heavy leadership involvement with the people living in the community to ensure supplies are given to those most in need.
The Haitian government has continued to give Cross to Light favor and has continued our good standing NGO status that allows us to bring this relief into the port.
The bible promises a special, conditional blessing to those that help the poor:
Blessed is he who considers the poor;
The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive,
And he will be blessed on the earth;
You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness;
You will sustain him on his sickbed.
Thank you for your support with this important aspect of our operation. It literally makes the difference between life and death.
Cross to Light Haiti Relief
Food Container Import – we import 20 foot containers from the East coast filled with 49,000 pounds of emergency food. All food is given free of charge.
Water – we supply church communities with water by installing wells, building cisterns, installing water collection systems and bringing in water trucks.