Food security and red tape issues in Haiti impact a ministry response

By April 28, 2011

Haiti (MNN) — 15 months after a quake
destroyed Haiti, there are still 70,000 homeless, living in the tent
cities throughout the capital Port-au-Prince and beyond.

Food security is still an issue in many parts of the country. The disaster tangled government channels,
which meant that shipments coming into the country were difficult to clear off
the docks.  

That situation hit For Haiti With Love.  Located in Cap Haitien, their ministry began
to see an influx of people into the North shortly after the disaster. Economic impact from the quake has also been
forcing people to seek help from feeding programs, increasing the need for
more supplies and food.

In an answer to prayer, FHWL says customs
just released of two 40-foot containers of food from the wharf in Haiti. Just in time, too. Supplies were getting so
low that the food program after church on Sunday had been suspended until the
food was released.

That means there will be 1,254 boxes of 36 packets each, times two, available
for distribution. It's an opportunity for the Gospel, too. Their team shows God's love by following the
Lord's commands in Matthew 25:35-40 to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal
the sick, and shelter the homeless.

Giving freely of God's love and gifts make life better for the
poorest of the poor in Northern Haiti. As
the ministry has said so many times before, "It's hard to hear the hope of
Christ over a rumbling stomach."

Feed My Starving Children out of Minnesota has been instrumental to the
feeding program. They've been donating one 40-foot container of food every other
month to For Haiti With Love. While that has
answered one need, shipping has been the greater challenge for both the budget
and logistics.

As it turns out, God had this in hand, too. When the April donation was
ready, FHWL was blessed with receiving a container straight out of Florida,
which immediately saved $3,000 in land transport from Minnesota and shaves off
a lot of transport time.     

There's more here.


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