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October 11th 2016 MAYDAY from the Bride of Christ in Haiti Here are the latest news from Haiti: As we have already reported on October 9th, the 400 believers from the Trou Bois Assembly have all lost their homes. Therefore, these 77 affected families have absolutely nothing left, and the one hundred or so believers living on the island of Cayamite have also lost their homes. We know that there are about 20 other Message Churches in the Jérémie area, and since we know that that city has been 90% destroyed, we can fairly conclude that those sister churches have been greatly damaged also. Their most urgent need is unquestionably food and water. Brother Paul Lamothe has sent me two emails to relay a few more details and to express the urgent needs. I am passing them on to you, so that you may grasp the magnitude and the urgency of their needs: Yesterday, we started receiving donations for our needy Haitian brethren, and today, we are going to withdraw whatever funds we still have left in our Haitian bank account in order to help supply them with the bare essentials. Even though we only have rough estimates of the situation in the devastated areas (clic for map) , we can fairly estimate that 1 490 souls, within the 18 Message Churches in the Southern part, are left desolate. That another 130 in the 2 Message Churches in the Nippes area, are in the same predicament, and that some 895 believers who attend the 16 Churches in the Grande-Anse area are similarly affected. All in all, some 2 515 believers are affected and 500 homes destroyed. We will do our best to keep you informed about our precious Haitian brothers’ and sisters’ needs. God bless you, Brother André Petit
Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? James 2, 16
Hurricane Matthew
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October 9th 2016 - A Trail Of Destruction Hurricane Matthew has left a trail of destruction in the Southeast part of Haiti. News is hard to come by, since telephone antennas and road systems have been greatly damaged. Indeed, the greater disaster areas have been completely cut off from Port-au-Prince, after the only bridge connecting them to the capital was destroyed during the storm, making it very hard to access any humanitarian emergency relief. It is said that 500,000 homes have been greatly damaged or destroyed. And the town of Jérémie, with its 34,000 inhabitants, is 90% destroyed. The surrounding area, with its 122,000 inhabitants, was also severely affected. According to our information, there are some twenty message churches just in that area. Furthermore, in the town of Les Cayes where there are more message churches, 25 believers’ homes have been utterly destroyed. Also, all the believers living on Île de Cayemite , a small island close to the town of Jérémie , have lost their homes. Brother Fritsen Jeudy of the Trou Bois Assembly (in the Gospel Valley) told us that between 400 and 500 believers are left homeless, casualties are countless, two have lost their lives, and 77 families are affected. They are in dire need of everything. Though many other areas are devastated, this is all the information we have for the time being. We will post updates as soon as we get more details. ''He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth to the Lord: and that which he hath given will he pay him again''. Proverbs 19 :17
HURRICANE MATTHEW UPDATE
October 6, 2016 - Hurricane Matthew - Jeremie and surrounding areas
Paul Lamothe --- First email --- A rapid financial intervention would allow the brethren here to buy food, water… “Precious brother, I have just sent you an email concerning the urgent global needs of the Haitian Message believers in the South and the Grande-Anse sectors. Brother Boulin, from the Cayemite island, has told me that of the 52 houses of his Assembly, 49 had been totally destroyed and 3 heavily damaged. There is no drinking water to be found. During the storm, the people could drink the water from the torrential rains, but now all the water is corrupted, and there is no food available. The islanders are in extremely urgent need of water and food at this time. All the Message families are affected and homeless. A few have found shelter in a Baptist church, others in a Catholic church, and so on; they are in temporary shelters. A rapid financial intervention would allow the brethren here, in Léogane, to buy food, water, and other essentials and carry them over to the island. This would be the priority of priorities. Brother Paul LAMOTHE.”
Paul Lamothe --- Second email --- All the brethren of all the Message congregations are starving to death. “Dear brother André Petit, Hurricane Mathew has brought on very serious adverse repercussions on Message families in the various Assemblies throughout the Southern departments and in the Grande-Anse area. If something is not done quickly, these families will starve to death. Therefore, my advice would be to see if we could forward some kind of initial financial aid to the needy saints, until we can gather more specific details regarding the extent of the material damages. They are presently in dire need of food and water. There is no need to wait any longer. All the brethren of all the Message congregations are starving to death. And with all the uproar going on and them having to fight off the bandits, they can hardly get any humanitarian aid from outside sources. MAY GOD BLESS YOU! Brother Paul LAMOTHE”
picture send from a pastor on Island Of Cayamite
October 20th 2016 - UPDATES Updates are very limited at the moment, since telecommunications are still very difficult to establish after the extreme high winds blowing at 145 miles [230 km] damaged phone lines and base stations. These destructive winds and the associated heavy rains have also destroyed all their crops. Unfortunately, it is the Southeastern region which is known as the Port-au-Prince granary. It is easy to understand that the whole country is terribly affected. Brother Philbert Charles, from Cavaillon , managed to reach me yesterday: 167 families are either totally homeless or left with heavily damaged homes; they have lost some of their animals and their crops are ruined. Up to now, they have had no relief whatsoever, except a bit of help in des Cayes. And even if they had any money, there is nothing to buy. Food has become so scarce that people have been eating some of the under ripe fruit that have fallen during the storm. Setting up a food bank for the Southern region is an extremely urgent matter. Due to the lack of communication, it would take weeks to establish the extent of our disaster-stricken brethren’s needs. I plan to go there myself shortly in order to better analyse their immediate needs, and to provide them with whatever we will have available at that time. There is a great need for your prayers in favour of the saints over there. God bless you, Bro. André Petit
October 07, 2016 - Hurricane Matthew Coastline
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Hurricane Matthew has left a trail of destruction in the Southeast part of Haiti. News is hard to come by, since telephone antennas and road systems have been greatly damaged. Indeed, the greater disaster areas have been completely cut off from Port-au-Prince, after the only bridge connecting them to the capital was destroyed during the storm, making it very hard to access any humanitarian emergency relief. It is said that 500,000 homes have been greatly damaged or destroyed. And the town of Jérémie, with its 34,000 inhabitants, is 90% destroyed. The surrounding area, with its 122,000 inhabitants, was also severely affected. According to our information, there are some twenty message churches just in that area. Furthermore, in the town of Les Cayes where there are more message churches, 25 believers’ homes have been utterly destroyed. Also, all the believers living on Île de Cayemite, a small island close to the town of Jérémie, have lost their homes. Brother Fritsen Jeudy of the Trou Bois Assembly (in the Gospel Valley) told us that between 400 and 500 believers are left homeless, casualties are countless, two have lost their lives, and 77 families are affected. They are in dire need of everything. Though many other areas are devastated, this is all the information we have for the time being. We will post updates as soon as we get more details.
October 6, 2016 - Hurricane Matthew - Jeremie and surrounding areas
October 6, 2016 - Hurricane Matthew - Jeremie and surrounding areas
October 11th 2016 MAYDAY from the Bride of Christ in Haiti Here are the latest news from Haiti: As we have already reported on October 9th, the 400 believers from the Trou Bois Assembly have all lost their homes. Therefore, these 77 affected families have absolutely nothing left, and the one hundred or so believers living on the island of Cayamite have also lost their homes. We know that there are about 20 other Message Churches in the Jérémie area, and since we know that that city has been 90% destroyed, we can fairly conclude that those sister churches have been greatly damaged also. Their most urgent need is unquestionably food and water. Brother Paul Lamothe has sent me two emails to relay a few more details and to express the urgent needs. I am passing them on to you, so that you may grasp the magnitude and the urgency of their needs: Yesterday, we started receiving donations for our needy Haitian brethren, and today, we are going to withdraw whatever funds we still have left in our Haitian bank account in order to help supply them with the bare essentials. Even though we only have rough estimates of the situation in the devastated areas (see map), we can fairly estimate that 1 490 souls, within the 18 Message Churches in the Southern part, are left desolate. That another 130 in the 2 Message Churches in the Nippes area, are in the same predicament, and that some 895 believers who attend the 16 Churches in the Grande-Anse area are similarly affected. All in all, some 2 515 believers are affected and 500 homes destroyed. We will do our best to keep you informed about our precious Haitian brothers’ and sisters’ needs. God bless you, Brother André Petit
picture send from a pastor on Island Of Cayamite
Paul Lamothe --- First email --- A rapid financial intervention would allow the brethren here to buy food, water… “Precious brother, I have just sent you an email concerning the urgent global needs of the Haitian Message believers in the South and the Grande-Anse sectors. Brother Boulin, from the Cayemite island, has told me that of the 52 houses of his Assembly, 49 had been totally destroyed and 3 heavily damaged. There is no drinking water to be found. During the storm, the people could drink the water from the torrential rains, but now all the water is corrupted, and there is no food available. The islanders are in extremely urgent need of water and food at this time. All the Message families are affected and homeless. A few have found shelter in a Baptist church, others in a Catholic church, and so on; they are in temporary shelters. A rapid financial intervention would allow the brethren here, in Léogane, to buy food, water, and other essentials and carry them over to the island. This would be the priority of priorities. Brother Paul LAMOTHE.”
Paul Lamothe --- Second email --- All the brethren of all the Message congregations are starving to death. “Dear brother André Petit, Hurricane Mathew has brought on very serious adverse repercussions on Message families in the various Assemblies throughout the Southern departments and in the Grande-Anse area. If something is not done quickly, these families will starve to death. Therefore, my advice would be to see if we could forward some kind of initial financial aid to the needy saints, until we can gather more specific details regarding the extent of the material damages. They are presently in dire need of food and water. There is no need to wait any longer. All the brethren of all the Message congregations are starving to death. And with all the uproar going on and them having to fight off the bandits, they can hardly get any humanitarian aid from outside sources. MAY GOD BLESS YOU! Brother Paul LAMOTHE”
October 9th 2016 - A Trail Of Destruction
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October 20th 2016 - UPDATE Updates are very limited at the moment, since telecommunications are still very difficult to establish after the extreme high winds blowing at 145 miles [230 km] damaged phone lines and base stations. These destructive winds and the associated heavy rains have also destroyed all their crops. Unfortunately, it is the Southeastern region which is known as the Port-au-Prince granary. It is easy to understand that the whole country is terribly affected. Brother Philbert Charles, from Cavaillon, managed to reach me yesterday: 167 families are either totally homeless or left with heavily damaged homes; they have lost some of their animals and their crops are ruined. Up to now, they have had no relief whatsoever, except a bit of help in des Cayes. And even if they had any money, there is nothing to buy. Food has become so scarce that people have been eating some of the under ripe fruit that have fallen during the storm. Setting up a food bank for the Southern region is an extremely urgent matter. Due to the lack of communication, it would take weeks to establish the extent of our disaster-stricken brethren’s needs. I plan to go there myself shortly in order to better analyse their immediate needs, and to provide them with whatever we will have available at that time. There is a great need for your prayers in favour of the saints over there. God bless you, Bro. André Petit
October 07, 2016 - Hurricane Matthew Coastline
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