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Haiti Earthquake Relief
August 2021

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

(MEBSH church in Mahotiere, Picot district, taken by Peniel Mizaire of Radio Lumiere, trip financed by Least of These Ministries)

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck just 22 miles from our mission center in Cayes, Haiti.  Our home, along with the other buildings at Cite Lumiere were undamaged!

However, hundreds of churches, schools and parsonages of our partner denomination, MEBSH, were damaged or destroyed in the quake and subsequent aftershocks.
 
Pastor Josue Vincent and his wife.  Their church (Lafond) and home were damaged.  Josue is a recent graduate from the Bible School where Sean teaches.

We are wrapping up our home assignment in South Carolina, so Sean is coordinating World Team's relief efforts from the U.S.--one day he received and relayed communication from six countries concerning the earthquake.
(MEBSH church in Solon, photo by Pastor David Milien, another of Sean's graduates)

The degree of damage varies from total destruction, to repairable structural damage, to rebuilding non-weight bearing walls, to minor cosmetic damage.

MEBSH has asked World Team to assist with hiring qualified engineers to assess the damage at each church and advise on the reconstruction methods.  Additionally, the Haitian government in Cayes is requiring building permits for reconstruction.

Our goal is to rebuild with long-term durability.  Many structures rebuilt post-hurricane Matthew fared quite well and even old buildings that were well built had only minor damage, even in areas severely affected.*  So this is possible in Haiti!
Photo courtesy of Dr. Luke Channer's Facebook page.

The mission hospital in Cayes (Centre de Sante Lumiere) was not damaged and is offering free medical care through mid-September.  World Team is one of the funding sources for this hospital and we have pledged to help cover the cost of this expensive charitable response.  Hospital chaplains are sharing the gospel with the patients and comforting them in their trauma.

Phase 1 of World Team's earthquake relief includes this hospital and initial reconstruction efforts.  The massive reconstruction effort will include multiple phases.  Your gifts will contribute to the entire relief effort.
Parsonage at Belance, Beaumont district, photo by Walter Francois.

Click on the image or 
https://us.worldteam.org/priority-projects/haiti-disaster-relief/
to assist in this effort.
Two minute video giving three samples of earthquake damage to churches and schools.
We will share our own family and ministry updates next month.  Pray for us as we have our feet planted in two countries and our hearts torn between them.

Thank you for your concern, your prayers and your financial contribution to help bear this burden.

God bless you,

Sean, Heather, Ian, Erik, Joey and Ellie Christensen

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* Multiple factors play into the effects of an earthquake.  In some places even the best built structures were severely damaged because of the ground consistency and movement of the seismic waves, but in areas with solid ground, good construction practices made and will make a significant difference.
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