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Living in a Tent City

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—Pastor Sedan Frankel and his family of eight live in a four-acre tent city known as Delmas Camp 31. When the Haiti earthquake hit, Frankel’s wife was attending a ladies’ meeting at the church. Pastor Frankel was at home and ran outside when their house started shaking and heaving. He survived with only a minor injury, but his house and church were heavily damaged. The church, which has a regular attendance of 150, desperately needs to be rebuilt.

Chris Hindal, director of international ministries for the GARBC, is arranging relief through the International Partnership of Fundamental Baptist Ministries. During a recent trip to Haiti, Hindal rented a guesthouse in Port-au-Prince to house missions teams traveling this summer to rebuild churches and pastors’ homes. Noting that construction in Haiti will likely use cement block walls, wood trusses, and sheet-metal roofing, Hindal is recruiting work teams with carpentry and masonry skills.

In addition to organizing church-based relief teams, Hindal is coordinating other relief efforts, suggesting that churches consider a $5,000 offering for building materials that can be purchased and delivered to the construction sites in advance of their team’s arrival.

  • Donate online to the Gospel Literature Services Emergency Relief Fund.
  • Receive a church offering and send it payable to Gospel Literature Services with “Emergency Relief” on the memo line.
  • Invite Chris Hindal to present GARBC International Ministries at your church. E-mail Chris:

Pastor Prédestin Hérard, president of Association des Énglises Evangeliques Baptistes d´ Haiti (the Association of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Haiti), will be coordinating work teams and their transportation in the Port-au-Prince area. Of the 28 Baptist churches in this fellowship, 17 were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake, along with the homes of 10 pastors.

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