After a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti last Saturday, flattening tens of thousands of buildings in a country which is still recovering from a quake 11 years ago that left 200 000 dead, missionaries are asking the world to pray for the catastrophe-torn country.
The death toll from the earthquake jumped to 1 941, with over 9 900 injured, Haitian officials said on August 17. Many people are still missing in rubble as remnants of Tropical Depression Grace battered the country with heavy rain, complicating search and rescue efforts.
In Les Cayes, one of Haiti’s largest cities, many of the homes and businesses have been destroyed, forcing many to camp out in the open. Nearly 32km north, in the village of Maniche, Mayor David Brinard said 98% of the town has been obliterated.
Haiti’s Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, says they are still in dire need of medical supplies and assistance.
In 2010, Haiti was also hit by an earthquake that displaced millions and took the lives of hundreds of thousands. And they are still picking up from that tragedy. But now, it’s heartbreaking that they were hit by such a disaster again.
Also, in July this year, Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated.
Gloria Rapaka, the founder of Love and Hope Ministries, says the sequential mishaps have discouraged the Haitian people.
“Sometimes we look up and say, ‘Lord, how long?’” Gloria said.
Gloria leads Love and Hope Ministries to educate and shares the Gospel with the Haitian and Indian people. But she stresses that the devastation in Haiti “goes deeper than a need for medicine, food, and water”.
“Help us however the Lord has put in your heart,” she urged. “Don’t forget to pray for the heart of the people to turn back to Jesus, because that’s the best we can give them right now.”
Let’s keep the nation of Haiti in our prayers always.