Answering Haiti’s Cry: Support Amidst Escalating Gang Violence

by | Mar 5, 2024

Update Overview

  • Since Thrusday February 29, gang violence has escalated
  • The growing power of gangs will be felt throughout the country
  • We have seen an increase in urgent requests from the vulnerable
  • We still see God’s hand and our resolve remains the same
Tim Brand speaking at an event with a graphic of his new book next to him.

Haiti – In the wake of recent events, the unstable situation in Haiti’s capital city, Port au Prince, has escalated to a critical point. Since Thursday of last week (Feb 29), gang violence has plagued every corner of the city and beyond, resulting in a rise of injuries in local hospitals, many of which have proven fatal. 

It seems one goal for the gangs is to prevent reigning Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, from returning to the country. News reports indicate that the Prime Minister has left Haiti, seeking assistance from Kenyan military forces to aid the Haitian National Police in regaining control. In hopes of preventing the return of their Prime Minister, it appears that the gangs have taken to causing trouble at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport. The repercussions of this have been tremendously felt; several commercial airlines have suspended flights in and out of Haiti until further notice. 

Tim Brand speaking at an event with a graphic of his new book next to him.

The crises unfolding in Haiti may receive more attention from news followers in the US than from the country’s own people in the local rural population. In these remote places, far from the reach of regular, widespread updates, residents simply struggle to get by each day. The cost of goods continues to rise to outrageous prices, and many items are in limited supply. People are weary and beaten down. This widespread demographic must fight to survive. A majority of the local rural population is focused on what they always focus on, which is persevering each day to see the next.

The repercussions of the growing power of gangs in the major cities of Haiti will inevitably be felt throughout the entire country. In response, our resolve remains unwavering: we continue our mission of helping the most vulnerable in meeting their daily needs. The urgency in Haiti is greater now than ever before. Our Haitian staff have witnessed firsthand the rising number of requests for daily needs. 

We have seen the hand of God in Haiti and remain steadfast in our commitment and dedication to serving His people who need help the most. Our encouragement to you is to step out strongly in faith and boldly in prayer. 

Tim Brand speaking at an event with a graphic of his new book next to him.

A mother and child in our First 1,000 Days program during a health check in February, 2024

Tim Brand speaking at an event with a graphic of his new book next to him.

A family of 11 recieve a donation of food in February, 2024

Christi Gabhart, leader of ministry and benevolence in Haiti, says, 

“Your prayers are the best tool in working towards the rescue of a broken nation. The suffering is beyond belief. God asks us to be on our knees in prayer and at the same time Jesus tells us He has overcome the world. This is where our HOPE lies” 

Haiti’s call for assistance has never been more urgent. For those living in rural communities, the tension of government unrest pales in comparison to the pressing concern of survival. Stretch Out Your Hand goes beyond the reach of our everyday programs to provide for the basic needs of these individuals and families. Just as Jesus called the man to stretch out his hand to be healed, we stretch out our hands to participate in bringing healing and hope to people in Haiti. 

To learn more about our Stretch Out Your Hand campaign or to donate, follow here: mh4h.org/stretch.
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