Haiti (MNN) — From a massive earthquake in 2010 to superstorm Sandy, it seems like Haiti can't catch a break. But they're getting a helping hand.
Yesterday, Japan donated heavy equipment valued at $3.7 million to support the reconstruction of Haiti from the January 2010 earthquake which killed an estimated 300,000 people and left 2 million homeless. The equipment includes five excavators, four bulldozers, three backhoe loaders, and two graders.
According to The Japan Times, it's the first transfer of heavy machinery used by Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force since the government relaxed its export ban last year.
Meanwhile, Christian World Outreach is also helping with construction. The ministry sent a short-term team from Denver, Colorado earlier this month to help build a CWO church in Ouanaminthe.
"While the church was literally being built around us, I spent much of my time doing crafts with kids," says Mary Lou, one of the CWO team members.
"By the last day, there were 40 kids," she says. "We had benches for them to use and tried to stay out of the way of the workers."
Mary Lou worked with Haitian children between the ages of 5 and 18. Along with creating crafts, she says her team also shared the love of Jesus.
"We often used the words 'Jezi rinmin ou' (Jesus loves you), and we learned a few songs and dances from them," she shared. "Quite a wonderful experience!"
Pray that the church would soon be completed. Pray that Haitians would find spiritual restoration in Jesus Christ.