Haiti Church Rebuilds
Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery would like to offer you and your congregation an opportunity to partner with a congregation in Petit-Goave, Haiti, as they continue to rebuild their church and education center in the wake of the 2010 earthquake.
Over three and a half years have passed since Haiti suffered the historic earthquake that rattled their country in January 2010. Recovering from any disaster takes time, and Haiti’s recovery has been no exception, especially given how fragile and precarious much of the nation’s infrastructure already was before the quake. What’s more, recovery has continued to be hampered by tropical storms like Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed thousands of homes and killed more than 50 people in 2012.
What is Being Done?
Pastor Garnel Joseph of Philadelphia Baptist Church (PBC) in Petit-Goave has been leading his congregation in the restoration of their church building since recovery work began in his community. With the support of Texas Baptists, PBC was able to reconstruct the first floor of their complex, which houses their main worship center. Now, they have begun construction on the second floor of the church, where they will host Bible classes and job skills training for adults in the community. The project is well underway, but much work still remains: the walls must be roughcast, doors and windows must be installed, and ceramic flooring is needed, as are plumbing and electricity. The estimated cost to complete the work is $16,500 (USD).
What Can We Do?
Philadelphia Baptist Church is looking for an American congregation to partner with them as they continue to move forward in the restoration of their building and their community. This church, named for the “city of brotherly love,” is seeking a sister church to stand with them as they pray for, finance, and carry out this project. They will need the spiritual and financial assistance of another congregation, as well as willing hands to assist in the continued construction of their building.
If your church is interested in committing to a long-term relationship with any of these three congregations, contact Marla Bearden at email@example.com or 214-828-5382 or Gerald Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-828-5392 at Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery.