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Thursday, 25 September 2008
Four storms in three weeks inflict death and damage in Haiti, Cuba, and USAHaiti -- This impoverished island was hit by Tropical Storm Fay in mid-August, followed rapidly by Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna, and Ike.
Over 600 people died in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, where 53 percent of the people live on less than $1 per day. Thousands desperately need food, clean water, and shelter. Countless roads and bridges have been washed out. Many lost their homes, gardens, donkeys, and goats, reducing them to desperate straits.
CAM staff members have been working under difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions to provide emergency food, medicine, water, and other aid. "It's just horrible!" wrote Cristen Mullet, after viewing the destruction in Gonaives.
Bethanie Burkholder, a nurse from our base at La Source, helped treat the sick at a mobile clinic. She said most of the patients told her they lost everything in the hurricane. One man said the water was up to his shoulders and he saw a neighbor lady with a baby, struggling in the water; the baby was washed away.
CAM plans to provide thousands of emergency food parcels, medicines, nutritional drink mix, clothing, and animals, as well as help rebuild roads.
Cuba -- The same four storms also struck communist Cuba; the last one, Ike, came ashore as a terrifying Category 3 hurricane. The storms damaged an estimated 320,000 homes and destroyed at least 30,000. Our contacts say the damage done to houses, crops, factories, schools, hospitals, and infrastructure is incalculable. Many churches were also damaged and dozens of church brethren lost their homes.
In addition to providing emergency relief as possible, we also want to use this opportunity to send Christian literature to this communist island.
USA -- Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas coast on September 13 with 110-mph winds. It knocked out power for six million people, caused damage estimated in the billions, and left 47 people dead in 10 states.
CAM set up a food kitchen in Liberty, Texas, where volunteers show God's love by serving thousands of meals, along with Christian literature, to residents who are without power. CAM's Rapid Response volunteers are cutting up fallen trees, clearing away debris, etc. We expect to set up a Disaster Response Services base, where volunteers can help rebuild.
The needs are nearly endless. We will work with whatever funds our supporters feel led to share. We estimate a budget of $1,000,000 to provide assistance to those in Haiti, Cuba, and the USA who are suffering from the storms. If you feel led to help, your prayers and financial assistance will be deeply appreciated.
. . . the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm. Nahum 1:3b
God bless you!