It’s been almost a year and a half since the Haiti earthquake. If you’ve been watching the news, you know there’s still a lot of rubble to clear and a lot of survivors living in tents, and that many Haitians are pinning their hopes on the newly elected president, Michel Martelly, to bring the change they need.
Meanwhile, our Cross field workers in Haiti are continuing to coordinate efforts with local ministry partners to identify the neediest families and help them rebuild their lives.
The stones and plywood you see in the photo are the beginning stage of a new house we built in an arid, desperately poor area of northern Haiti, where some quake survivors settled after fleeing Port-au-Prince. The second photo is a finished house. Our partner Emory Wilson, a Christian missionary from Georgia, makes sure all the houses are built on solid foundations, with good materials and durable designs that could have saved a lot of homes – and a lot of lives – during the disaster.
The fact is, we can’t just turn the clock back to the way things were before. A reconstructed Haiti should be a better Haiti than the one that fell to ruin in January 2010. Our goal is to build better homes, to develop stronger communities, and to ground everything we do in the solid foundation of the gospel. More than political reform or economic growth, the Haitian people need Jesus, and we will never stop proclaiming his name.