Haiti Update July 2010
Thank you so much for your prayers and support of Calvary Chapel Port-au-Prince and Christian Family orphanage. While I had hoped to offer another printed news letter publication by this time, my trip to Haiti has to be delayed a few months. God willing I will have something with photographs in late August or early September.
The past few months have been an especially busy time for both the church and the orphanage. We are pleased to announce that the majority of the repairs to the orphanage, including the installment of the new steel roof, are complete and the children and staff are now living in the CCF building once again. There are still several repairs ongoing, but these are being completed while the building is occupied.
We are now in a position to accept more orphans. As you know, the earthquake has left many more orphans than were present even before this disaster. Due to the limited resources at the tent city, we have only been able to take one additional orphan since the earthquake. God willing, we will now be able to commit to several more in the coming months.
Due to the intense heat, rain and winds, the tent city has been closed. Over the past several months we have been working to repair damaged houses and place people from the tent city into more permanent living environments. The relief funds have been in part used to provide supplies needed to make these repairs. There are currently 2 Haitian construction teams dedicated to this work. Of course, many of the homes are beyond repair. Since the closing of the tent city, some of the relief funds have been directed towards renting apartments for those displaced.
We are happy to announce that a portion of land has been identified for the building of a facility for Calvary Chapel Port-au-Prince and schools for the related ministries. The paperwork is currently in process but is being slowed down for a variety of reasons beyond our control. Given the damage to the previous building, the church has been meeting outdoors with a temporary extension of the lease on the old facility. Please keep the purchase of this property in your prayers for God’s speed.
An additional praise is that the Toyota Land Cruiser, purchased several months prior, has finally arrived. This will be a huge blessing as Pastor Serge has often been dependent on borrowing vehicles ever since the earthquake. He is scheduled to pick up the vehicle this week. Thanks to all who have donated to this purchase.
In spite of the wonderful progress that has been made at CCF, CCPAP, and the repair of housing for those who were living in the tent city, the conditions in Haiti remain poor. There has been an outbreak of malaria in and around PAP. Many, especially the young adults, are struggling with the bleakness of their future living in Haiti. Pastor Serge has requested prayers as he spends much time counseling individuals with these concerns.
Please continue to keep Calvary Chapel Port-au-Prince and Calvary Christian Family in your prayers.
Calvary Christian Family