Dec 2016: Merry Christmas! Serving in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew

 

Serving in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew; Higgins Brothers Surgicenter Inauguration, Prayer Needs

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Dear friends,

From all of us at HCM, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! During this season, we remember the wonderful gift we have been given through Christ and the charge we have to go and tell all people. We pray that you have a blessed Christmas with your loved ones and that you are able to share some Christmas joy with those around you during this holiday season.

As we come to the close of 2016, we are thankful for all of you who have stood by us this year and participated in the work that God was calling us to. This marks the end of another year of growth and progress at HCM. This year has been made up of big moments both good and bad. We took huge leaps forward in our medical ministry with the opening of our new surgicenter. We brought on many valuable, new leaders in-country. We saw our dream of producing fortified peanut butter become a reality. We suffered the largest natural disaster since the 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew. Our churches continued to grow and reach new people for Christ.

We are incredibly proud of our staff and all the hard work they invested in the mission this year.  We are constantly inspired by their dedication, their love, and their hope.  And we are immensely grateful to you, our loyal partners, for all the love, prayers, support, and encouragement you have given us this year. Without you, we would be unable to carry out the work that God has entrusted to us in Haiti. Thank you for your partnership and we look forward to another year working together to love, serve, and empower the Haitian people!

We want to take this time to update you on what has been happening in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and share with you other exciting developments at HCM.

Serving in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew

We want to thank you for standing with us during this storm and we are so grateful for all your prayers and support surrounding Hurricane Matthew. This storm created some huge needs throughout Haiti and we are striving to meet these needs the best we can. The nation is still recovering and is going to be rebuilding for years to come.

A huge thank you to all who have partnered with us!

We were so blessed by all of you who stepped up and gave generously after the hurricane hit. We have received over $90,000 for our disaster relief fund and we are immensely grateful. Thanks to your support, we have been able to respond to the huge need we see in Haiti. Our hospital personnel have conducted medical clinics in the southern region of Haiti where the damage was the most severe. We have produced and mobilized 2,000 jars of peanut butter as well as other food items to those most effected. Our construction ministry has begun rebuilding homes destroyed by the storm. Our sports ministry program organized a soccer and evangelism day in southern Haiti to reach out and to love and feed those effected by the hurricane. We have begun water assessments to dig a new well at our main campus to service the community.

All of our staff has been so hardworking and committed to our mission, devising ways the mission can better serve, encouraging each other, and caring for our visiting teams. It is in times like these that we are reminded of the amazing resilience of the Haitian people. The unbreakable hope and the joy of Christ that they have encourages and inspires us as we work alongside them.  We will continue to rebuild and serve until the work is done.

However, with all that has been done, the work is not complete and the needs are still many.

What are the current needs?

Food security is the largest need right now. The storm caused damage to crops, restricted people’s ability to work and manage their businesses, and created additional needs that make purchasing food even more difficult than usual. HCM is producing peanut butter and distributing food to the areas of Haiti with the greatest need.

Water is another huge issue with wells being contaminated. We are so grateful to Don Cox for financing the digging of a new well at our main campus to service the campus as well as the surrounding community.

Housing is also a big need. Within our HCM communities, we have 56 homes that were damaged by the hurricane and are in need of repair or rebuilding. Our construction ministry, led by Boss Charles, has begun rebuilding homes and will continue rebuilding and repairing as we are able. Many of our visiting teams have stepped up and fundraised for the rebuilding of homes and we want to say a huge thank you to them.

How can you help?

As we are approaching Christmas and entering the season of giving, we ask you to please prayerfully consider giving a one-time, end-of-year gift to support our work and especially our Hurricane Matthew relief efforts. The need is great and the journey will be long.

If you are able and would like to give a year-end gift to HCM’s relief efforts or general fund, click the button below or send your check to PO Box 880808 Boca Raton, FL 33488.

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To see our full Hurricane Matthew needs assessment from October, click here.

Thank you again for all the love and support you have shown HCM. We are so grateful for your partnership and pray that you may be blessed as you have been a blessing to so many.

With the Kingdom in mind, the best is yet to come!

Edwens Prophete, CEO
Angie Schuber, Chief Development Officer

Prayer Wall

We believe in the power of prayer. Here are a few ways you can be praying for HCM this month:

  • Continued prayers for those affected by Hurricane Matthew.
  • Prayers for our in-country staff, that they finish the year strong and enjoy a nice Christmas with their families. 
  • Prayers for the leaders of HCM as they prepare to enter into a new year seeking God’s guidance for the mission. 

Women’s Christmas Party

As a thank you for their hard work and their servant hearts, HCM threw a Christmas party for all of our female employees. Angie Schuber, Chief Development Officer, prepared a gift bag for each lady and hosted a lovely party so these hardworking women could relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Surgicenter Grand Opening!

December 10th was a tremendous day for HCM as we hosted the inauguration for the Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope. It was a beautiful ceremony. Partners from all over traveled to Fonds-Parisien to celebrate with us the completion of this wonderful gift. We are so grateful for the generosity, love, and prayers that made this new addition to our mission possible. We can’t thank Dr. Ted Higgins enough for his incredible generosity and desire to train up Haitian surgeons in this wonderful facility.

Following church on Sunday, Dr. Higgins and his team saw patients and performed surgeries in the new surgicenter.  On Monday, Minister of Health, Dr. Daphne Benoit-Delsoin came to visit the HCM campus at Fonds-Parisien to celebrate the inauguration. We were so grateful for Dr. Benoit-Delsoin and many others that were able to commemorate the day with us!

We were blessed to have the mayor of Ganthier join us for the inauguration as well. He shared with us the impact HCM has had on his life. He credited HCM for 80% of who he is today because HCM provided him with his education and his knowledge of the Bible. These testimonies from those who have grown up in HCM schools and churches and have gone on to be valuable members of their community remind us of the importance of what HCM is doing. These success stories keep us focused on our goal and push us forward.

This beautiful ceremony kicked off a new chapter for HCM, our medical ministry, and the communities we serve. We are so blessed and honored to have the Higgins Brothers Surgicenter of Hope on our main campus. We look forward to seeing how God uses it and the hands at work inside to save lives and spread the love of Christ.

To learn more about the Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope and HCM’s medical ministry, visit our website.

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