According to an article in Washington Post published on October 14, 2019, Haiti is “perennially the poorest in the Western Hemisphere; more than half the population lives on less than $2.20 a month.”
“We are in misery and we are starving,” said one of the protesters.
The situation in Haiti is desperate. Eighty percent of government offices and banks are closed; schools have not been able to open yet this fall; electricity is unreliable because there is no fuel to run the national power grids; food, clean water, and fuel is expensive and scarce.
According to the United Nations World Food Program, “about 3.6 million people — or more than a third of the country’s population — have been driven deeper into poverty and hunger and are struggling to access a reliable supply of food.” The natural disasters (earthquake, hurricanes, and floods) over several years in Haiti created a devastating food crisis.
Lutheran Church Charities, working through Ministry In Mission, will send emergency funds to Haiti. Please prayerfully consider making a monetary donation to help provide food for Haitian adults and children.
Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) welcomes 14 new Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) certified members! On Saturday, October 12, LCC held a Basic LCMS LERT training for new and re-certifying team members at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois, led by Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response.
The following churches and LERT teams were represented:
Immanuel – East Dundee
Immanuel – Palatine
Lord of Glory – Grayslake
Lord of Life – LaFox
Prince of Peace – Palatine
St. John – Wilmette
St. Peter – Arlington Heights
Trinity – Lisle
St. John – Racine
It is good to see how the disaster response ministry is continuing to grow with volunteers willing to serve and share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.