Haiti Earthquake: Three Years Later

By   •   January 11, 2011

Three years after Haiti’s most horrifying natural disaster, seeds of hope are evident across the battered nation where an earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, left more than 300,000 dead and some 1.5 million homeless in its capital and surrounding cities.

“While serving the Haitian people since the earthquake, Rapid Response Team chaplains found an unprecedented hunger for Jesus Christ as we shared His hope and comfort with thousands of hurting people,” said Jack Munday, director of the Rapid Response Team.

More than 120 chaplains ministered in the impoverished nation during the nearly two-year-long endeavor, and those trained chaplains prayed with and comforted 35,420 Haitians and relief workers. Individual chaplains typically spent two to six weeks at a time in the country before rotating out.

“We have witnessed the best and the worst that this world has to offer as we’ve ministered in Haiti,” said Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. “We’ve seen pain and grief on an unimaginably massive scale, and we’ve seen beauty, hope and joy in the spirits of the Haitian people that defies all explanation in the midst of such a hard place.”

Please remember those who lost someone they loved three years ago, those who are living with injuries, those who lost homes, and those who accepted Christ at the January 2011 Festival of Hope, during the My Hope project in July 2011, and through The Greatest Journey.


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  1. Jacques Andre. says:

    Haiti does not need a fallen angel or dragon. They need A messenger who preach Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Keep helping Haiti. God bless.