Tuesday, February 2
Wes Smith left for Haiti this afternoon. He will be arriving in Ft. Lauderdale and then flying on to Port-au-Prince with his good friends Lloyd and Darlene Smoker and their daughter, Kendra. The Smoker's mission was devastated in the earthquake. Wes will be attending services with the Smokers for the many friends who died in the collapsed buildings. Wes hopes to be an encouragement to the believers there and to support the Smoker's in any way he can. He also plans to continue traveling onto Jeremie, Haiti, where Full Life Crusade has supported a mission for over 40 years. We are hearing that travel is being suspended to Jeremie, so we'll see if he can get there. Jeremie has seen up to 30,000 refugees coming into the town. This almost doubles their current population! The people of Jeremie don't have the resources to feed and house so many additional people, as they are so poor themselves. Bryan Bartow (Wes' son-in-law) who is also on the ground in Haiti, has been working to get supplies routed to Jeremie, but has thus far encountered much bureaucracy. (To follow Bryan's progress in Haiti you can visit haitireliefupdates.blogspot.com).Please pray for Wes and Bryan as they try to meet the needs of the Haitian people. We also need to begin praying for good leadership and government in Haiti. The people in Haiti have been poor for generations because of wicked government. Research has shown that humans left to themselves will thrive and succeed. It is only when they are suppressed and exploited that they are unable to become self-sufficient and productive. Pray that God will put honest leaders in place who really care for the people.
While I'm in Haiti (February 2-15) we have teams ready to show the Haiti powerpoint in your church, school or club.
In Ohio, John Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org
In New York, Lisa Bartow: email@example.com
In Indiana, Tim Yoder: firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking our teams is a very practical way you can help the Haitian people!