I want to bring you up to date on the recent news in Haiti along with several other pressing items from our Global Reach partners around the world.
I’m sure that most of you are aware that Haiti was struck with another devastating earthquake last Saturday morning. The quake measured 7.2 in magnitude and was located near the southern peninsula of Haiti. To date, 2,200 have died as a result of the quake and over 12,000 people have been injured. Officials are estimating that the casualty count could rise exponentially as many remote areas have yet to be reached by rescue and recovery efforts.
Many of you have reached out and asked how this has affected our ministries in Haiti. Our Project Help staff in Pierre Payen reported shaking with the quake, but no damage to buildings or homes. We have not received any reports of damage or death from any of our churches in Haiti (we do not have any congregations on the southern peninsula of the island – St. Marc is nearly 70 miles from the epicenter of the quake). While there was no damage or casualties in our related ministries, I do know that the experience rattled our Haitian brothers and sisters and I’m aware that some chose to sleep outside over the weekend as the aftershocks continued to shake the area. Please continue to hold up our brothers and sisters in prayer as well as the people of Haiti – it’s been a particularly difficult summer for the nation of Haiti.
If you feel led to donate to help with relief, Project Help missionaries Mike and Dawn VanDervort recommend Missionary Flights International (donate here --https://www.missionaryflights.org/project/disaster-relief). Missionary Flights International are assisting with the relief efforts in the areas most affected by the earthquake.
In other Global Reach news, I want to make you aware of several other needs or updates. Our field leadership in Asia reports that restrictions are easing, and travel and some activities are returning to normal which is a praise. They also shared that schools will probably not be allowed to regather in person until 2022. They’ve noted that the isolation and lack of connection with peers is taking a toll on the young people connected to our educational efforts. Continue to hold our field leadership and staff in your prayers as they find creative ways to minister to their communities. Please pray for the young people that they serve as they struggle with the side effects of isolation and disruption.
We received that sad news that Pastor Boniface Musembi, Pastor of the Kitui church in Kenya, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 4. We are helping the Kenya Conference and his family with funeral expenses totaling $700. Please pray for his family and our brothers and sisters in Kenya as they mourn his loss.
We have also become aware that Pastor Ernesto Nunes, President of the Brazil Conference, is suffering from kidney issues and is facing surgery. We are providing funds to help cover the expenses that will total $5300. Please pray for his healing and recovery during this difficult time.
If you would like to give towards either of these financial needs, follow the link below (*Note: You must click this direct link for these specific needs.)
We are grateful for the work that God is doing around the globe to advance His kingdom. Continue to lift up our brothers and sisters around the world as they navigate many challenges brought about by the pandemic and other trials. Thank you for your prayers and your partnership in taking the Good News of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth!
CGGC eNews—Vol. 15, No. 33