Striking Haiti’s southwestern coast on October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew left behind a trail of devastation. Enormous trees uprooted. Homes toppled to their foundation. Bridges collapsed. Streets flooded. It was nearly a week until some of the most remote mountain communities were accessible. Six months later, many families are still putting the pieces of their life back together.
Imagine you were sitting in the temple that day, watching this scene take place. A women walks into the temple – you recognize her because you were recently at the funeral of her late husband. Since her husband’s death, she has been struggling to make ends meet. With the little income she makes, she is barely able to provide for her children. Yet she walks, head held high, to the offering box and puts in two small coins. In comparison to the wealthy men and women who have already contributed, her offering is small and insignificant. Yet to her, this generosity is an incredible risk.
We will be a more luminous epiphany of the love of Christ not only when we love, but when we recognize Christ present in the loving hearts of others, whatever their beliefs or understanding of God. – Brother Mark Brown
You Can Help!
World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) volunteers helped North Carolina families clean out their flooded homes in October and November; more are helping in December. We, along with our United Methodist partner in North Carolina, anticipate that clean up alone will take six months. Volunteers are welcome and needed between December 2016 and March 2017.
Will you be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who survived Hurricane Matthew?
It’s been nearly three weeks since Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti’s southern peninsula. In the days since then, much has been accomplished, though much more remains to be done. World Renew Senior Project Manager Ken Little arrived in Haiti on October 8 and traveled from Port-au-Prince to the hardest areas in south-western Haiti to assess the damage.
In North Carolina, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) and our partners are waiting for flood water, caused by heavy rain and storm surge on the coast, to recede before volunteers start to clean up residents’ homes and property.
It has been just over a week since the fierce winds of Hurricane Matthew hit Moulin Cheri’s home in the community of Duchity, Haiti. The seven-room house this mother shared with her two children was swept away in the Category 4 storm, which killed over 1,000 people in Haiti. Only three out of a thousand houses in her community were left standing.
I catch my kids saying, "What is HAppening?!" in an exasperated tone - and their facial expression, well, mirrors their tone. It’s really funny actually—they are 5 and 3. The baby can’t talk yet but I imagine he will pick that up from his siblings as time goes on.