Sustaining Hope for Haiti

In the aftermath of the largest natural disaster since the 2004 Asian Tsunami, Haiti is gripped with the difficult task of how to rebuild.  The efforts of the past 6 weeks have shown the ability of dedicated individuals to accomplish the incredible when working together.  Immediately following the catastrophe, people clamored for an opportunity to help, yet the answer was repeated to support those that were already on the ground with the funds to do the work.  At Capital, our efforts were focused on supporting Convoy of Hope, an international humanitarian aid organization.

In the first two weeks following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti, Convoy of Hope distributed 1.8 million meals to hungry people.  “The reason we were able to get food to so many people so fast was because we were already feeding thousands of children each day throughout Haiti,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “Long-standing, strategic partnerships such as the one we have with Mission of Hope became pipelines that enabled us to quickly and efficiently get food and supplies to some of the hardest-hit areas.”  Through your giving, Capital, along with countless other churches and individuals who are aware of the Convoy of Hope ministry, have made a huge difference in getting aid to the suffering in Haiti.

These strategic partnerships are the resources that missionaries use every day to accomplish their work.  The response in Haiti is just one example of the importance of long-term missionary work.  In times of crisis, the best response is from those who are familiar with the surroundings.  Convoy of Hope was able to respond quickly due to the consistent level of support provided by monthly Faith Promise giving.  Before any emergency offerings were taken, 100,000 meals had already been distributed through six different distribution sites.

In Haiti alone, our Faith Promise commitments support the efforts of Convoy of Hope, as well as missionaries Mike & Laura Clark, and Stephen & Cynthia Aldrich.  Many of us cannot give large one-time sums to an emergency effort such as Haiti relief.  But even more vital to our ministry are the consistent contributions that support our over 250 missionaries and organizations each month.  Thank you for your giving.  It makes a world of difference.

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