First Baptist Church St. Marys
Friday, November 24, 2017

Baptists 4 Haiti

Baptists 4 Haiti

 

Pictures from our recent Haiti Mission Team: Click Here 

 
Just 700 miles from the shores of the United States, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, is a little country that has been called the Ethiopia of our hemisphere, Haiti.

Haiti is more densely populated than India, as poor as Bangladesh, almost as destitute as the famine stricken lands of east Africa where hunger, sickness, and death go on almost unnoticed by many countries in the world!

Haiti comprises one third of the island of Hispaniola and borders the Dominican Republic. Part of the West Indies archipelago, Haiti means "land of mountains" and five mountain ranges span the country, creating a jagged shoreline of natural harbors and offshore islands. Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere

Haiti is the least developed country in the western hemisphere. It has a population of 8.4 million, almost half of whom are children. Most people live in rural areas, with approximately one third residing in urban centers. The capital, Port-au-Prince, is the largest city with over 2 million inhabitants. About 95% of the population is of African descent with 5% claiming mixed heritage, including African and European origins. Both French and Creole are the official languages, although most Haitians speak Creole and many are learning English. Although Roman Catholicism is the state religion and Protestantism is practiced, many Haitians also engage in traditional animistic practices, including voodoo. In April 2003 an executive decree by then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide sanctioned voodoo as an officially recognized religion.

Haiti has suffered great political turmoil, hurricane disasters and near environmental cataclysm. The forests that once covered the island of Hispaniola have been largely destroyed, which exacerbated the effects of frequent storms. The deforestation of Haiti and its effects are a warning to the rest of the world.

An estimated 80 percent of the Haitian population lives below the poverty line

Haiti is a country frequently affected by disaster situations that at the same time aggravate - in a vicious circle - the social-environmental conditions, variable affecting the population in its capacity for sustainable development.
 

Throughout the numerous disasters that have plagued Haiti in its history, "rebuilding" has become synonymous with "work teams"- groups of volunteers from around the world who generously give of their time and money to help rebuild homes, schools, and churches.

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You can tell this is a extremely nice church in Haiti: it has wooden beans on the ceiling. Most poor Haitian churches are merely tarps over a frame. 

The people of Haiti call their forms of public taxis a "tap-tap" and they're often modified trucks or vans, usually with a raised wooden canopy-like cabin over the truck bed. Wood benches are attached to the bed and serve as seats. Tap-Taps are usually painted bright colors, and often bear a religious slogan, such as Jesus vous aime ("Jesus loves you"). taptap
 

In partnership with the Georgia Baptist Convention, Baptists 4 Haiti, Inc. is continuing the ministry started by GBC Disaster Relief. We are looking for at least 100 churches and organizations to partner with us to carry on God's Mission to the people of Leogane, Haiti. We are asking for each church to contribute at least $1,000 dollars, pray, and send teams in the year 2012. For information about how you or your church can partner with Baptists4Haiti and/or send teams to work on the ground in Haiti, click the link below. (Note: Clicking on the link will open a new window and take you away from fbcstmarys.com)