On January 12, 2010 and magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook the island nation of Haiti killing over 300,000 people and injuring another 300,000. The catastrophic damage destroyed nearly 250,000 homes and displaced nearly 1,000,000 Haitians already struggling for their survival in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. In the midst of this tragedy One Mission Society, like many others from around the world, initially sent medical teams and aid to help the Haitians through the first days and months of survival as they coped with the magnitude of the disaster. But OMS desired to do something for the Haitian people that would have a more lasting impact on the culture and mindset of the people. With the help of the Korean Evangelical Holiness Church (KEHC), One Mission Society and Men for Missions have launched Homes 4 Haiti, an initiative to build quality, sustainable homes for the displaced Haitians. Homes 4 Haiti works with the local Haitian Church to identify families in need to offer them the opportunity to have a permanent home of their own. Working with short term US/Canada based work teams and national workers, the goal of the project is to give the Haitians an new chance at survival while creating jobs for local workers.
I will be traveling to Haiti June 2-10 along with a work team from the Greenwood, Indiana area to work on one of the Homes 4 Haiti houses as well as shoot video footage of the process to share with others here in the states. The pictures above are from a team that has recently returned from the island nation and can give a glimpse into the world that I will be traveling through. Please pray for me as I prepare mentally and spiritually for this journey.