Through providing disaster relief efforts, WCN was introduced to Haiti immediately following the devastating earthquake there in 2010. Despite the efforts of many relief agencies, massive homelessness and displacement still continues and does not appear to have significantly abated. Meanwhile, Haiti continues to be the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Ninety percent of the people in Haiti are unemployed and 80% of Haiti’s people live in abject poverty. Over 400,000 children are trying to survive without parents in Haiti. Moreover, 1 out of 5 children will die before the age of five starvation, illness, or violence.
Without a doubt, these staggering and alarming statistics are a call to action for anyone who may care about doing good for the poor and suffering. A grander call to action, however, is for the young and old of Haiti to know the love of Jesus Christ through seeing and experiencing compassion firsthand.
The heart of God is clear from scripture - He cares deeply about the fatherless and widows. Psalm 82:3 States: Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. We hope that if God is calling you to step out in faith, that you will choose to make a difference, especially an eternal difference, by giving a Haitian hope for the future. Join WCN in compassion ministry by being part of our Haiti team in August. Won’t you?