Here is a link to an article that I wish every church member would read (especially those not attending Sunday School).
Since many of you are contributing to our Haiti Church Fund, I thought I might pass along some information I ran across regarding some of their living conditions. This information is provided by Haiti Bible Mission.
Haiti consists of a low income, peasant based economy. The people are mostly of African descent with the average Haitian making about $2.25 per day. Voodoo is widely practiced throughout the country. The disparity between rich and poor is dramatic, with one percent of the population making forty-five percent of the total income. In addition, the Haitian government is plagued with corruption and mismanagement. The country also suffers from a very poor infrastructure of roads, communications and electrical power. All these factors have virtually eliminated foreign investment and tourism in Haiti.
Haiti is a densely populated island with an average of 989 people per square mile. Most of the Haitian people live in rural villages, consisting of gravel roads and footpaths surrounding a collection of single room homes. A lack of clean water and sanitary sewers in both rural and urban areas causes many to die each year from disease. A Haitian’s average life expectancy is only fifty years.
Because of the widespread poverty, many cannot afford to send their children to primary school. Only 73% will complete the six years of primary school and will do it in an average of sixteen years. Only 15% of the children will complete secondary school. The adult literacy rate is only 60%.
The picture above was taken after Hurricane Matthew devastated the city of Jeremie in October 2016.
Just a reminder of our new Wednesday evening schedule. Our present ETS classes will conclude on March 28. There will be NO classes during the month of April. Our next session will begin on May 2 with our new classes and leaders. Stay tuned for class announcements and sign ups coming soon!!