Haiti Earthquake: One Year Later

A woman whose house was destroyed in the earthquake, receives a sturdy home from Cross. This is one of nearly 50 houses already built by Cross for earthquake survivors.

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless in Haiti. The images and stories pouring out of the Caribbean country — which lies a mere 750 miles off the Florida coast — were heartbreaking.

The Haitian people have endured unimaginable pain, loss, and hardship, but they haven’t been alone. Within a few hours after the earthquake, the international community began helping. God was using generous people like you to restore the hope and lives of his hurting children, just as he promised in Jeremiah 30:17: “For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord…”

God has also been working through our compassionate Christian donors. In the last several months, we at Cross have turned our efforts to long-term rebuilding and recovery projects. At this one-year anniversary we are making excellent progress with several buildings finished and many others underway.

We have completed nearly 50 sturdy, new homes for earthquake survivors, and several more are in progress. We recently finished rebuilding an orphanage in Port-au-Prince that was destroyed by the earthquake. We are also working with two of our Haitian ministry partners to rebuild four schools destroyed in the disaster, which will help more than 1,100 surviving students rebuild their lives and return to school in a sturdy, new building.

These are just a few of the many ways we are helping the people of Haiti, and none of it would be possible without the generous support of our donors. Thank you for allowing Christ to use you as an instrument in Haiti’s recovery!

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