Matthew Twenty-Eight has been working on the central plateau of Haiti since 1990. The Matthew 28 mission seeks to share Christ’s love by serving his children in three distinct areas: an orphanage of 36 children, 14 nutrition centers (700 children), and the new Ekol Espwa Etenel (School of Eternal Hope).
Founded with the mission of supporting orphaned children and fighting malnourishment and starvation in local communities, Matthew 28 has sought to be a beacon of hope and stability throughout the many periods of turbulence in Haiti’s natural, political, and spiritual upheavals.
In the wake and aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Matthew 28 is responding actively to one area in need: Port Salut, Haiti. While the orphanage and other areas of the central plateau were minimally impacted by the hurricane, our friends on the south west coast suffered catastrophic damage. The fishing villages are also known for their fruit and vegetable production. Hurricane Matthew swept away boats, homes, live stock, and decimated citrus and other agricultural livelihoods. In the immediate aftermath, Matthew 28 has engaged in helping to meet the basic needs of shelter, food, and water. Leading a Haitian team of carpenters and other laborers, Matthew 28 is helping to restore roofs, distribute tarps to home owners in need, and to offer rice, beans, and clean water to those whom we encounter.
Hein Vingerling, co-founder and President of Matthew 28, is there with our Haitian friends helping to coordinate efforts. In the midst of the suffering, we are working to continue to buy tin roofing materials, lumber for roof trusses, and pay for the work of the Haitian carpenters and builders within the Port Salut community. The need is tremendous, and it is easy to feel like our efforts are only a drop in the bottom-less bucket – and yet – to each neighbor we meet and are able to help with a warm meal, a tarp, or a repaired roof – it means everything.
Many have asked for ways that one can help. For Matthew 28, our greatest immediate need is for monetary donations so that we can meet the most urgent needs on the ground, as they arise. Our goal is to raise $20,000 towards our relief efforts. To date, we have raised nearly $10,000. In the coming weeks, there will likely be other needs as well – for supplies, and even some folks to come alongside and offer expert assistance in various aspects of recovery. And as always, your prayers for the people of Haiti, a country that never seems to catch a break.
Go to www.matthew28.org for more information about the mission. Check out social media to view and like the Matthew 28 Facebook page to see updates on the work in Port Salut as well as at the orphanage and school.
Our very own Rev. Patrick Jinks is the vice president of the board of directors, and he welcomes further conversation and questions about Matthew 28 and Haiti.