Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of its estimated population of 7 million people living in abject poverty. There are over 400,000 orphans in Haiti and 42% of children less than five years of age suffer from stunting of growth due to lack of food and proper nutrition. Only 45% of the population can read and many children will never attend school due to lack of resources. One out of five children will die before the age of five and the life expectancy of Haitians is just over 49 years. The majority of the population professes to be Roman Catholic, but roughly one-half of the population also practices voodoo.
In January 2010, a devastating earthquake in Haiti killed more than 250,000 people and left many more homeless. Louisiana Baptist churches were quick to respond to relief efforts and since that time have continued to share the love of Jesus in Haiti. The Louisiana Baptist Convention has established a partnership with the Haitian Baptist Convention (LA Reach Haiti). Louisiana Baptist Children's Home/Orphans Embrace joined this partnership to provide orphan support.
The vision of LA Reach Haiti includes building a mission center with a church plant and a children's village, a housing community, a micro-business center and trade school, and a school for educating the children. Along with helping with construction projects at the mission center, mission groups will provide Vacation Bible Schools and Backyard Bible Clubs, host pastors’ conferences, lead evangelistic crusades, outreach projects, and prayer walks, plant churches, work at medical clinics, and install safe drinking water systems.
The intent of LA Reach Haiti is first and foremost to announce the gospel to the nation of Haiti. LA Reach Haiti is working with Haitian senior pastor, Jean Odvald Louis, of Nouvelle Eglise Evangelique Baptiste Church, located in Croix-des-Bouquet. Pastor Odvald oversees six churches and two church plants in an area known as "Canaan." This association of churches has the potential to reach 1.5 million people.
Many of the Haitian people who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are fasting and praying and believing God for a "new Haiti." Haitian pastors are preaching 2 Chronicles 7:1 4, urging fellow Haitians to confess and repent and to see God "heal their land." Please join us in prayer for the people of Haiti and for the work God is doing through LA Reach Haiti. Mission volunteers are needed! Take the next step and contact Peggy Moffett at 318.343.2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.