November Partner Letter
November 01, 2016
“Over 1,000 people dead and thousands are starving because of the hurricane. The people who died in the mountains won't even be counted. They are the forgotten ones.”
When I received this message, the devastation of the situation in Haiti hit me. We’ve been in constant communication with our people there since before Hurricane Matthew made landfall. We knew the death toll would be catastrophic. We knew our people on the ground would face thieves, looters and violent gangsters just attempting to deliver food and emergency supplies to the hardest hit villages in southern Haiti.
We knew homes, livestock and virtually all crops would be washed away. We knew the government, orphanages and many mission organizations in Haiti would come to Kingdom Connection Food Distribution Center asking for help. And we knew we had to do something.
But when I heard those words, “They are the forgotten ones,” it was almost too heartbreaking to bear.
I thought about this impoverished nation that lost more than 200,000 people a mere 6 years ago in the earthquake; a nation where 1 in 5 children never make it to their 5th birthday; and now they face perhaps their worse catastrophe yet . . . Are their lives not worth remembering?
And then God reminded me of Psalm 9:18,
“But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.”
We cannot undo the damage, or bring back the lost mothers, fathers and children. But we can be sure their hope doesn’t perish! This is where you and I can make a difference.
That is the very reason I went to Haiti with my family in the first place years ago, and that’s why I’m writing you today. With every box of food delivered, the gospel of Jesus Christ—the message of hope and salvation—is shared!
Thank God partners like you helped us build the 30,000 square foot Kingdom Connection Food Distribution Center three years ago. By God’s grace, you help us keep sending 272,000 meals each month to fill the center and feed the starving people of Haiti: $24 = 648 meals, $120 = 3,240 meals, and $1000 = 27,000 meals.
We knew we were making an impact, but God’s plans are even greater than our own. In the face of this tragedy, Kingdom Connection Food Distribution Center, and all of our precious workers there, are the very ray of hope and light God is using to rescue the perishing and the dying . . . literally and spiritually.
If God had not already sent us there, where would all these people have turned at a time like this? It is a miracle of God that we could be there ahead of such disaster! But now we must double our efforts to meet the critical need caused by the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.
We must send additional food to restock the supply. This is the most critical need. They are also in grave need of emergency supplies and equipment to help reach all those in need. Their most immediate equipment need is delivery trucks. The Kingdom Connection Food Distribution Center delivers food into the deepest parts of the mountains—regions where they cannot even bury their dead. Children there have never been to church, seen a school, and struggle daily to survive on what little they have.
Their trucks are literally breaking down daily. One critical food delivery was already delayed because they had to repair the truck and pray they made it to their destination. If we’re going to keep sending relief to the hardest hit, hardest to reach, most desperate villages, WE MUST HAVE TRANSPORTATION.
We want to purchase two high-mobility, all-terrain vehicles to deliver life-saving food and supplies to the most remote villages of Haiti. We need your help. EVERY PENNY YOU GIVE will help reach those in need and preach the Gospel of hope!
We were feeding the hungry in Haiti before the hurricane and we will be here long after, but we can’t do it without your help.
Maybe you’re in a place where you feel forgotten, too. Remember God says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He is a refuge for the oppressed and a stronghold in trouble (Psalm 9:9-10).
I believe when you commit yourself to feeding the hungry, clothing those who have nothing, and providing shelter to the homeless, you release the blessings of Heaven into your own life.
The one who is gracious to the poor lends to the LORD, and the LORD will repay him for his good deed (Proverbs 19:17).
GOD WILL NEVER FORGET THE NEEDY! AND HE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!
Will you help us send emergency relief to Haiti? Every gift counts! We must go above and beyond the 272,000 meals we’re already sending each month. Whatever God has blessed you with; I pray your heart be touched with the cry of the poor.
We know we can do more in the face of this tragedy! But we need your help. Give whatever you can to help us send hope to Haiti.
When you rush your gift of $30 or more this month, I’ll send you my special edition series: Finding Your Way in the Storm including 2-CD messages, an accompanying study guide, and a Haiti bracelet.
No matter what you can give today, please pray and fast for the people of Haiti, and all those affected by hurricane Matthew.
Feeding the hungry in body and spirit,
P.S. Help me “restore hope to the afflicted.” Pray for the people in need and for our ministry. Pray for those in Haiti facing many trials as they deliver emergency relief to the needy. And finally, give. Give your very best and God will multiply it! Just use the enclosed response card to feed someone in need and share hope with the lost!