PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--Southern Baptist rebuilding efforts in Haiti since the devastating earthquake 15 months ago have made good progress -- and the improvements are as much spiritual as physical, leaders in the effort said. "Rebuild Haiti," a cooperative Baptist venture to put as many as 6,200 families in decent housing by the end of 2013, has completed 796 homes, with another 130 nearing completion, said Jeff Palmer, executive director of Baptist Global Response. Haitian Baptists also are participating in the initiative as are the International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Florida Baptist Convention. "In the aftermath of the earthquake, getting an effective program of rebuilding was very challenging," Palmer said. "Moving people and money into the country, assembling all the supplies needed, just dealing with the nuts and bolts of getting things done in a place devastated by the earthquake was hard. Doing it in a way that enables Haitians to stand on their own, rather than continue the dependency patterns of the past, made it even a greater challenge." Fritz Wilson, director of disaster relief and recovery for the Florida Baptist Convention, said the decision to use local labor and supplies has multiplied Rebuild Haiti's impact.
PORT-AU PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--With 152,000 Buckets of Hope en route, 85,000 professions of faiths and 64 new churches, John Sullivan has declared it's "Hallelujah time in Haiti!"
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--A pastor's wife -- gravely injured in Haiti's massive Jan. 12 earthquake -- faced certain death when doctors at a makeshift field hospital could do nothing more to help her and she had been denied transport to a U.S. Navy medical ship anchored off Port-au-Prince. All Milton Perry could do was break the news to her husband.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--About 5:15 a.m., the cell phone alarms chime, chirp and ding as dawn breaks in the Haitian sky. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief "yellow shirts" are donned as the day begins for the volunteer demolition team.
FOND PARISIEN, Haiti (BP)--She doesn't remember much, but Louphine Demorcy won't ever forget the sound -- like a runaway freight train roaring beneath her feet. "I heard the voice of the earthquake coming," the 31-year-old mother of three said. "I called out for Jesus to save me." The next thing Demorcy knew she was lying under a pile of broken concrete that once housed her small sundries shop in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It was Jan. 13 -- the morning after Jan. 12's 7.0-magnitude earthquake. Demorcy tried to move but couldn't. One of her arms had been crushed and pinned by a chunk of concrete the size of a dishwasher. A leg was also trapped under rubble. The pain was excruciating. She screamed for help, pleading for a doctor. Two months later Demorcy sits quietly under a tree at a field hospital near Haiti's border with the Dominican Republic. Merry Holt, a 62-year-old nurse from First Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va., kneels beside her, gently wrapping fresh bandages around Demorcy's right arm, amputated above the elbow, and left leg, amputated above the knee. Holt is part of a six-member medical team who have come to Haiti through Baptist Global Response, a nonprofit disaster relief and development organization supported by Southern Baptists, and a key partner in relief efforts with the International Mission Board (IMB). Their mission is to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need.
FOND PARISIEN, Haiti (BP)--Heath Stone knew God wanted him in Haiti. Problem was, nobody would help him go. The 19-year-old pre-med student at the University of Tennessee called just about every relief organization he could think of, to no avail. There simply wasn't any opportunity available in Haiti that coincided with his spring break.
CARREFOUR, Haiti (BP)--Andre Dorlette scans the heap of shattered concrete and twisted rebar that once was his family's home in Haiti.
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Wondering what to do with your summer? The International Mission Board needs students willing to spend two weeks serving in Haiti. IMB is sounding an urgent call for 275 Christian students to work with children displaced by the earthquake that struck the island nation Jan. 12. Beginning May 15, the IMB will send […]
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--Laura Silsby, the last remaining Baptist volunteer still in a Haiti prison, entered her 75th straight day in jail Wednesday.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--While traveling to a crusade in Bouce Carre, Haiti, the vehicle carrying Craig Culbreth broke down in a remote area. Peering under the hood at a busted radiator hose, Culbreth and his traveling companions, De Louis Labranche and Michele Elius, who serve with the Confraternite Missionaire Baptiste d'Haiti convention (CMBH), were soon surrounded by 14 Haitians who appeared seemingly from nowhere to offer assistance. As Culbreth, Florida Baptists' partnership missions director who was scheduled to preach during the crusade, prepared for the hour walk to Bouce Carre, one of the locals reached into the engine and pulled out a brand-new rubber hose from the bottom of the motor -- the exact size needed to repair the radiator. With the car fixed, Culbreth and his fellow travelers arrived at the crusade within 30 minutes -- just as he was scheduled to begin speaking. At the conclusion, 143 people made professions of faith.