SBC of Virginia and Haiti one year later
On January 12, 2010, the strongest earthquake since 1770 struck Haiti. The magnitude 7.0 quake struck just 10 miles from Port- au-Prince, home to 2 million inhabitants. Southern Baptists responded quickly, providing medical aid and incident command personnel and beginning the Buckets of Hope project to provide hope in the name of Jesus.
SBC of Virginia churches were quick to take up the challenge by providing monetary donations, collecting nearly 5,000 Buckets of Hope and sending disaster relief teams to minister in the midst of this disaster.
Now, a year later, many needs have been met: more than 150,000 Buckets of Hope from across the US have been distributed in Haiti; 32,000 patients have been treated; and hundreds of homes are being repaired or built. Most importantly is the Kingdom growth seen—Haitian pastors report over 165,000 professions of faith! Southern Baptist disaster relief workers have also witnessed over 2,000 professions of faith as a result of what God is doing through this crisis.
The work is not yet complete. Scores are homeless and many just hope for daily food. The work continues and will for many months or even years to come.
Next month, a Haiti rebuild team from at least four SBCV churches will go to continue the recovery work. Any SBCV church that has worked in Haiti in the past, is working there currently, or has a desire for future work in Haiti is encouraged to join the Acts 1:8 Network for Haiti. This will be a coalition of SBCV churches that have a common calling to minister in Haiti. The goal will be to send rebuild teams from this network every two months to work with pastors and churches in Haiti. Their mission will be to minister to those still affected by the earthquake.
If you are a member of an SBCV church and you or your church is interested in joining the Acts 1:8 Haiti Network, contact Mark Gauthier at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.314