A category 4 hurricane makes landfall in Haiti. According to reports 1.25 million people endured hurricane force winds that reached 145 mph, impacting people with no place to seek shelter. An estimated 1000+ people are killed and monetary damage is estimated at $1.89 billion. In the southern part of Haiti the winds, the heavy rainfall and the deadly tides destroy 90% of homes, schools, churches, and the economy with nearly all crops decimated.
As the students of Haiti Teen Challenge listened to the reports many were worried about their families. The next question was, "what can we do to help."
As soon as a bridge to the devastated land was secured HTC Teams, lead by HTC Graduate, Youbens Gay, were on their way to bring food, water and the hope of Jesus Christ to those whose lives had been shattered. These young men and women who formerly brought harm to their neighbors now came to serve, recognizing that it was their responsibility to help.
As the late radio commentator Paul Harvey said, "And now for the rest of the story..."
Thanks to you since October HTC teams have been ministering in the south of Haiti. Over 656,000 meals have been provided for those in need and over 51,200 families have been helped. Working with other Haitian partners HTC teams have clean up the debris and helped 49 families repair their homes.
After witnessing the work of the HTC Teams other Haitians joined in and provided $164,000 of food, and building materials worth $43,000. Your support has empowered Haitians to help Haitians and modeled what it means to reach out in times of crisis. Your generosity is now allowing HTC to partner with GoServGlobal a ministry in Iowa that manufactures the components needed to build homes that will stand strong in hurricanes and earthquakes. HTC hopes to provide homes for 8 families who lost everything with discernment from the local church.
Round in design, a Safe T Home can withstand strong winds, in fact these homes in southern Haiti provided refuge for many during Hurricane Matthew. They are also virtually earthquake proof. A double roof provides a heat deflection system keeping the internal temperature 10˚ cooler than the outside and also provides a water collection system. The roof contains a solar panel for one light and can support 5,000 pounds for an added sleeping loft or storage. The Safe T home has a 75-year life expectancy, is made of 90% recyclable materials, and is 100% termite, fire and waterproof. Windows have screens and be can locked for security. The rounded attachments on the outside act as ballast for the home and provide protected places for gardens and the home can be painted to reflect the personality of the family. At a cost of $6,700 per home for the components and transportation to the Haiti these home can be put together in 2 days with simple hand tools. Starting this month The HTC teams will be train by GoServGlobal and begin building 2 homes. This has been made possible by you.
We are very thankful for your support and your investment in the young men and women of HTC, but we continue to need your help. Please prayerfully consider a gift to empower this generation of Haitians to become godly leaders of compassion, honesty, respect, integrity, committed to serving others and leaders that can be trusted. They will be the ones that bring the good news and help their fellow Haitians to finally write a new story for Haiti.
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