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LEOGANE, Haiti – Flooding, food shortages, destroyed crops and other damage has occurred in Haiti as a result of Tropical Storm Isaac, according to Haitian nationals who serve alongside Arkansas Baptists in the country.
No Arkansas Baptist volunteers were in Haiti at the time the storm hit the island. The Arkansas Baptist camp in Leogane was not damaged.
“The folks we serve in the Leogane area had quite a setback from the storm named Isaac,” said Bob Fielding of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions ministries team. Fielding is posting updates regarding the storm at ABSC Haiti Response blog at http://abschaiti.blogspot.com.
Since January 2010, Arkansas Baptists have had a continuing presence in Haiti with volunteers doing church planting, training rural trainers, and the construction of permanent homes, evangelism, dental teams, medical teams and other ministries.
“To date, almost 90 separate teams have partnered with the ABSC, numbering almost 550 Arkansas Baptists. They have led some 4,300 people to Christ, including eight Voodoo priests,” said Fielding, who asked for prayer for feeding efforts that started today (Aug. 27).
“Our initial response of $5,000 will enable our partner to get much needed food to the neediest of victims,” said Fielding.
“Please pray for Arkansas Baptist Churches from Dewitt, Stuttgart, Jonesboro, Dardanelle and Van Buren that have adopted geographic areas around our base and have on-going ministries in Haiti,” he said. “Many other churches and BCM’s send in teams on an annual basis to work in areas as needed.”
Fielding said Arkansas Baptists interested in ways to provide additional assistance should contact Jill Modlin at email@example.com.