You've seen it on the news. Things seem to be getting worse in Haiti. After the earthquake, the people were hit hard by Hurricane Tomas. After that, cholera began killing thousands and then recent political struggles have caused violence and demonstrations.
But there's a story that's not being told on the news. Inside of all that appears to be hopeless, God is working miracles in the lives of many Haitians. And Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions is honored to be part of that story.
Supporting Haiti Before the Earthquake and After
Over the past year, we've been working with Love A Child, our ministry partner in Haiti, to provide earthquake relief, aid, medical care, meals and 100 new homes for earthquake survivors.
"They have a great capability to reach the people and they do everything with excellence, so I knew we wanted to continue working with them after the earthquake," shared David L. Meyer, CEO of Hand of Hope, on a trip to Haiti in August 2010.
What Your Support Has Accomplished This Year
Here's a rundown of what the partners of Joyce Meyer Ministries have made possible over the last year in Haiti.
- January 12, 2010 – The earthquake strikes Haiti at 4:53 p.m.
- January 13 – We hear from Love A Child, who was already bringing people from Port-au-Prince to the Jesus Healing Center to be treated. Another team we partner with, Convoy of Hope, already had people on the ground assessing the damage and providing supplies.
- January 14 – Love A Child requests a list of medical items needed. We listed them on our website and you responded in a big way.
- January 20 – We send three surgeons, one ER physician, a portable X-ray machine and 904 pounds of medical supplies to Love A Child.
- January and February – Supplies continue to flood into Haiti, including the monthly feeding distribution Hand of Hope helps support.
- February 19 – David L. Meyer reports on our partnership with Pat Bradley, founder of International Crisis Aid. We helped partially support the rebuilding of an orphanage in Leogane.
- February 25 – Families are bused in from Port-au-Prince to a special feeding distribution to receive meals. More than 1,700 families were reached—many of whom had not eaten a full meal since the earthquake.
- May 24 – Love A Child founders Bobby and Sherry Burnette announce a plan to build homes for the 380 families living on their land after they lost their homes in the earthquake. Hand of Hope quickly announces they will sponsor the first 50 homes of the project for amputees or those severely injured.
- August 11 – Fracimene, a widow and mother of eight, gets a sneak peek at her new home. She will be the first recipient of one of the 416 square foot homes. After seeing the quality of the new homes, Hand of Hope commits to 50 more homes.
- November 5 – David and Shelly Meyer dedicate the first phase of homes—50 homes for approximately 250 people.
- December 20 – Phase two—the next 50 houses—is underway.
- January 12, 2011 – With phase two nearly completed, 100 families are about to have a brand new home—one that will last them for the rest of their lives. Although the year has been very hard for the Haitians, God has worked miracles in this new village—appropriately named Miracle Village. Thanks to your support, we've been able to reach out to Haitians before the earthquake, during those devastating months following it, and for years to come.
If you'd like to continue to support outreaches like the ones made possible in Haiti, we encourage you to make a donation today. Not only are you able to reach Haiti, you're also supporting Hand of Hope outreaches worldwide.