When Peter and Patricia Gruits went to Haiti over 35 years ago, they were stunned by the poverty they witnessed. From that first trip came a life’s ministry of service to the sick and poor of Haiti. They were dismayed by the many graphic signs of poverty and hopelessness. Among the most shocking to them though was the fact that 65% of mothers and babies were dying in childbirth! Patricia Gruits had her focal point!
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In October, 2012, a work crew including Harry Gruits (President, RHEMA International), Chris Callas (a RHEMA volunteer), Chris’ friend Jeff and Brother G (from California) landed in Port Au Prince, Haiti. They loaded up lumber and other supplies and headed out on the five hour trip to Bocozelle and the hospital. The plan was to do some much needed repairs at the hospital and residence, help distribute food and pour cement for the foundation of the warehouse that RHEMA is building for food and other storage. Unfortunately, on the way to the hospital that night, they ran into an abandoned semi-truck on the pitch dark road and RHEMA’s truck was totaled. Miraculously, no one was seriously injured. Shaken and bruised, they arrived at the hospital (through the help of an American missionary couple) and the next morning they set out to work and accomplish their goals for the trip. However, now there is a new problem. RHEMA needs a new truck! Funds are currently being raised that will allow RHEMA to replace their much needed vehicle. Harry Gruits will be making his next trip to Haiti at the end of February, 2013. He hopes to have enough funds raised to meet this very serious need by that time. Can you help? You can donate online or contact the RHEMA office at 248.652.2450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 7.0 earthquake just hit off the coast of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Reports from the ground indicate a major hospital has collapsed and damage is widespread. Death tolls are expected in the hundreds of thousands. Seventy percent of Haiti’s population lives on less than two dollars per day and half of its 8.5 million people are unemployed. According to official figures, food insecurity already affects more than a quarter of Haiti’s population, some 1.9 million people, with women and children the worst affected. The Food and Agriculture Organization has designated Haiti as one of the world’s most economically vulnerable countries.We need your donation to help provide medical care and other emergency services.