Thanks to the generosity of many donors, our Haiti Disaster Relief Fund still has $214,500 to distribute. (See part 1 and part 2 for the mission of this fund and how $90,000 has already been distributed to trusted friends in ministry.)
As we sought counsel about how to distribute these funds, both from U.S. leaders and from pastors in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, we saw that what these churches needed was a long-term commitment. There are no quick fixes in Haiti (or anywhere else); rebuilding their churches and communities will take time. As we work with them to wisely distribute these funds over the long term, these churches will be in a better position to bring the gospel to their communities.
Here’s how we plan to do that.
$90,000 for intermediate aid
This money will be used to purchase food and medical supplies for those still affected by the earthquake; to rebuild homes using local labor, thus investing in the local economy; and to fund much-needed pastoral care for Haitian and Dominican pastors.
$90,000 for long-term rebuilding
Many churches lost their meeting places in the earthquake and have no money to rebuild. This money will be focused on repairing or replacing their buildings. We trust this will expand these churches’ Great Commission outreach in their communities.
$34,500 for relief reserves
Any relief effort involves unexpected expenses and opportunities, and this portion of the fund will enable us to meet those wisely.
Every dollar donated to the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund is dedicated to helping churches in Haiti and the Dominican Republic who were affected by the earthquake, and is being disbursed through trusted ministry contacts. And every dollar is being accounted for to ensure that this happens.
At the forefront of these efforts are two men at Metro Life Church (Orlando, FL): senior pastor Danny Jones and his assistant Chris Jessee. These men have worked tirelessly to serve our Haitian brothers and sisters on behalf of Sovereign Grace Ministries. We are deeply grateful for their leadership and service!
If you have any questions about the Disaster Relief Fund, please email or call Tommy Hill, finance director for Sovereign Grace Ministries (800.736.2202).
If you gave to the Disaster Relief Fund, thank you for giving to the needy in Haiti! By God’s grace, your generosity is strengthening churches and advancing their gospel witness throughout Haiti and in the Dominican Republic. The ripple effect of the gospel is continuing, even in the wake of tragedy. On behalf of Haitian and Dominican churches and pastors, thank you.