It is fitting that as we celebrated the revelation of Christ among us on epiphany, Dr. John Gilliland went to be with his Lord. Dr. Gilliland served in Nicaragua and then spent four years at the Ahuas Clinic in Honduras. His whole life has been committed to this mission as he frequently sent support and helped acquire equipment and anything else needed for the clinic. Please keep his family in prayer. He is the father of Joy Hicks, wife of Rev. Jim Hicks who was the previous Western District President.
Moravians Have A Long History of Prayer Support
“Praise the Lord! the Moravians in Nepal have not just survived the earthquake of April 2015, but have also been blessed with a land of their own. Our sincere gratitude to everyone who prayed, raised funds and made this a
historic moment for the Nepali Moravians. Thank you, Board of World mission, British Province, Nepal Mission Outreach (NMO), Central Moravian Church and all our Moravian brothers and sisters for making this impossible task a joyful reality. ”
Regards,Vani and Shanti
Please read below the update and prayer request from the Chairman of the Moravian Church in Haiti as he describes the situation following Hurricane Matthew.
Dear Brothers and sisters of the Moravian Church Worldwide,
We greet you in the precious Name of Jesus-Christ.
Our Lamb has Conquered Let us follow Him !
Haiti while still trying to recover from so many dilemma such as : the earth quake of January 12, 2010, and the cholera outbreak finds itself again in a much catastrophic situation. We do not know the mind of God but we do know that in every situation He is in control. We just have to keep praying for our nation. We strongly believe that we are in your prayers as well during this saddened moment. This is an overview of the situation in Haiti.
Situation Overview of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti
The departments of Sud, Sud-Est, Grande’Anse, Nippes, Nord-Ouest and Ouest are the most affected. Between 3 million and 5 million people are affected in Haiti, with 468,000 affected people in Grand’Anse and 775,000 in Sud, including 522,000 children.
The number of wounded people is also on the rise and could emerge as a key concern following the hurricane. Communications are disconnected and roads are inaccessible in the affected areas of south-west Haiti due to flooding.
An estimated 750,000 people need assistance. At least 15,623 people have been displaced and over 21,000 have been evacuated to temporary shelters.
The official death toll is currently 1150, but there are fears this number will rise.
A partial assessment of damages indicates that more than 200,000 houses were severely affected, according to humanitarian workers.
Situation Overview of the Moravian Church in Haiti
In relation to the Moravian Church in Haiti, the Moravian Church located in the Department of Grand-Anse to which bro. Bernito is the pastor, by the fact it is located on little island, some of the members and other people living there had been relocated to a temporary shelter by the government before the hurricane. However, the structure of the church could not resist the storm and was collapsed and the house of the members and other people are flooded. Four of our brothers who did not go to shelter died.
The Moravian Church in Artibonite : the roof is gone by the hurricane. 11 houses of our members got damaged according what pastor St-Eugenn Lerena reported to us. Fortunately, there is no one died in Artibonite.
In Gonaives pastor Tano Léon reported to us that the Hurricane took the roof of the church as well, 6 houses got damaged by the Hurricane.
The Moravian Church in Treil, which is located in 4th Communal Section of Gros-Morne, Pastor Faitan Falin reported to us that the roof of the church had gone and the roofs of some houses of the members of the church had gone as well. The little farms of the members which are their source of income are devastated by the hurricane.
For the Churches in the north where Bro. Johmen Tireus, the Moravian student at United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) is from, the Moravian Church in Moroquee, the little farms of the members are devastated, and the lost their livestock as well. For the Moravian Church in Cap Haitian, which a vulnerable area by the fact it is face to face to the Caribbean Ocean, one person died, the roof of the Church had gone and the members are complaining for the lost of their properties.
We would have sent some images but until now the roads are cut off, and the communication still not established by the fact that the cells sites are devastated by the hurricane. And there is no electricity in those areas. We have received these information by some delegates from the churches who try hardly to make their way to Port-au-Prince.
Thank you very much for prayers and support, as we look forward to hearing from you.
Chairman of the Moravian Church in Haiti
Please read the note below from BWM Board Member Joe Jarvis regarding the passing of a good friend and mission partner from the Moravian Church in Cuba.
It is with sad news that our dear friend and brother in Christ Yonai Gonzalez passed away this afternoon. I know that most of you did not know him, but I would just like to share a few things about our friend.
Yonai lived in a village in Australia, Matanzas, Cuba with his wife and 2 young pre teen children. He had been battling colon cancer for several years. Yonai had a farm close by in Quemado Grande where he took much pride in raising his crops. Fruit and produce from the farm not only helped support his family, but he also would give much away to the church and needy in the community. Yonai had more faith in his little finger than most of us have in our entire body.
He had been working on a thatched hut on his farm to serve as a place of worship for the church in the community. He completed it this past year without any financial support other than his own. We visited with him this past June and even though he was suffering with much pain he wanted to show his farm to the ones on our team that was there for the first time.
Yonai taught many people about life and faith (including me). He will be missed by many.
Please keep his family in your prayers as they go through this trying time.
Yonai is the young man with the gray shirt and hat.
RIP my good friend.
Please add Ceci to your prayer list. She is going to have laparoscopic knee surgery on Saturday, August 6. They are going to clean up the knee and repair it. She has had more pain. She will go in for surgery on Friday and come home on Monday. Michael called his mother, Donna Tesh, on August 1 from his home. A cell tower has been installed close by. Yea!!! Electricity is just a week away with just one more line to run. God is so good!