Haiti (MNN) — In the days following the Port-au-Prince earthquake, the size of the northern Haitian city, Pignon, nearly doubled as thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) sought safety and shelter.
Almost 80 miles north of the capital city, Pignon's population increased from 35,000 to 65,000. As these individuals arrived, Bright Hope International, who has served in Haiti for over 15 years, was in the area ready to lend as much aid as possible.
With the help of 40 local pastors, Bright Hope has provided and is still providing food, shelter, medical aid and counseling to both cities, showing Christ's love in a tangible way.
"The earthquake has now hit the rest of Haiti; the effects of the IDPs has been overwhelming. I am so thankful to be able to help these people," said Pastor Jephthe, Bright Hope's largest partner in Haiti.
So far, the ministry has served food to over 200 families, and 140,000 meals are being distributed now. They have set up a triage team and refugee camp in a school to place individuals with host families. Additionally, they have organized a counseling center to help victims with the trauma, both physically and psychologically, and serve as many as 60 people each day. Finally, a new generator has been provided to power their facilities.
Craig Dyer, president of Bright Hope, said, "We are thankful for the prayers and donations coming in that are allowing us to provide these supplies and life-saving assistance. We are continuing to accept financial donations to meet these must urgent needs."
Pray for the millions of suffering Haitians whose lives will not be returning to normal any time soon–if ever again. Pray for Bright Hope and their partners in the area as they minister to the least of these in Jesus' name.