THE HAITI MINISTRY educates, engages, and unites congregations in God’s mission in Haiti and specifically in supporting our mission co-worker Cindy Corell. Teams visit Haiti each year to learn and deepen the relationship between the presbytery and Cindy’s work, and then serve as a resource for other churches.
Mary Jane Winter, moderator
Sunday with Cindy: Haiti Update
Shortly after the assassination of the president and resulting political chaos, Haiti experienced a 7.2 earthquake, aftershocks, and then Tropical Storm Grace which hit the same area. Thousands of Haitians have fled to the Mexico/US border, many have been deported, and the suffering has no end in sight. On October 17, 2021, Cindy Corell and her mission partner in Haiti, Fabienne Jean, visited us virtually, to share info about the continuing crisis in Haiti and how Presbyterian partners are seeking to respond.
Following God's Call to Haiti
Nearly three-quarters of Haitians live on less than two dollars a day. Hunger and poverty are daily challenges, as are political turmoil and violence.
Yet God is at work in Haiti.
God called Cindy to serve in the desperately poor country of Haiti in 2013. As a Presbyterian mission co-worker, she works with a network of Haitian farmers to bring change in the name of Christ to those who are the most vulnerable.
God is at work through Cindy and our Haitian partners.
God is also at work through us. Together, we can support Haitian farmers and empower leaders so they can grow food for their families, send their children to school, and address injustice.
Challenges in Haiti
One of the most impoverished countries in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has had a turbulent history marked by military dictatorships, corruption, and violence.
Natural disasters also plague the country, with hurricanes a regular threat. In 2010, an earthquake struck the capital city of Port au Prince and the surrounding area, dealing the country a devastating blow.
The current situation erupted in July 2018, when the Haitian government raised gas prices. Since the country imports much of its food, this led to an increase in food costs. Demonstrators protesting corruption and lack of resources have taken to the streets to demand the ouster of President Jovenel Moïse.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is sending funds to help address humanitarian needs amid the turmoil. The PDA grant will go to FONDAMA, its partner organization in Haiti and the group with which Cindy works.
Because of the political unrest, in fall 2019 PC(USA) World Mission asked Cindy to leave the country. While staying with her family in Virginia, she is using this opportunity to share awareness of Haiti's situation and the need for support.
If you wish to arrange a speaking event for Cindy, please contact Mary Jane Winter or Sarah Dennis.
How to Support Haiti and Cindy's Ministry
This ministry of ours lifts me every day. Thank you for supporting our work here, for supporting us financially, for keeping us in your prayers, for listening and caring.