For 40 years now, we have been providing aid to the people of the poverty-stricken mountains and plains of Haiti. Much of this once-fertile land is now barren and dry, where the trees have been long since chopped down, mostly to make charcoal. During the rainy season, mudslides and floods are common, as there is nothing to hold the soil in place on the steep mountainsides. It is extremely hard to grow crops in these regions, and for the people trying to scratch out a living here, every day is a struggle for survival. Some basic recent research shows that less than 50 percent of households have access to safe water, and only 25 percent benefit from adequate sanitation. 100,000 children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition, while one in three children are stunted, or irreversibly short for their age.
Some basic recent research shows that less than 50 percent of households have access to safe water and only 25 percent benefit from adequate sanitation. One-hundred thousand children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition, while one in three children is stunted, or irreversibly short for their age.
Thanks to a Generous donationof nutrient fortified food from our partners Feed My Starving Children and Feeding the Nations, we are able to provide food for these starving children and their families.
At these feedings, we distribute food given to us through the organization Feed my Starving Children as well as other generous organizations such as Gleanings for the Hungry. Many of the people will walk for miles, even all day long, in order to arrive in time to receive one of these bags of food.
Not only are the people of Haiti grateful to receive the physical food, many are glad to hear the good news of the gospel. We are glad also to have the privilege to tell them about the Gospel, and how there is actually a real hope in Christ.
Some of the young adults that have grown up with us in our orphanages love to return the grace they have received from God by in turn giving to others in need. They are a huge part of our ministry of feeding the poor with food, but most of all, the bread of life!
Here they are preaching the Gospel with a truck load of food!
They explain the good news of the Gospel with a simple outline of God’s plan of Salvation in the form of a U - God sent Jesus down out of His love, His mercy & His grace, to raise us up out of sin through faith and hope, to love God and love one another. They accompany this with a Bible verse which they help the people to recite and memorize. This is a big blessing for these people since many of them do not even know how to read. It is a joyful experience for us and for all, from infants to the elderly, who sing and pray together before receiving the food.
One of our Big Boys Preaching God's Plan of Salvation!
Singing with the people before giving the food
It takes some major team effort to feed hundreds of hungry people in one sitting. Our biggest concern is to make sure that all of the people receive food. So our team works together with a core from the community to keep good order the whole time, until the very last person receives the food. This indeed is a joyful accomplishment!
Here’s our team after a successful day of distributing food and preaching the Gospel!
For at least a decade now we have also been visiting Haitian-run orphanages that are especially in need of food and other aid. There are many, many of these. Some of them are more established (though still poor), and some do not have much more than the roof over their heads. They may have few, or many, children in their care, but, either way, their need is great. We have found that this way we can reach out to help many more children, besides those we take into our own orphanages.
Orphanage in Santos who mostly depend on the FMSC food we give them. Due to the violence in the country, we were unable to visit them for over a month. They were markedly skinny, but so, so glad to see us. After several more visits of giving them cases of the food, they are improving.
Explaining John 3 verse 16 to children
Again, our young people love to visit the other orphanages to give them food and special Bible lessons.
We also bring those who are especially malnourished or sick to visit with us for one to two weeks to be strengthened. This sometimes means simply coming for nourishing meals, but can also include medical help. They always leave both healthier and happier.