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Haiti Update from Ken DeYoung

I really don’t know how to put into words our day yesterday. Started out unloading more Safe T Homes from Iowa and then went to visit two places we are building. One family with six kids are living under what remains of their house since the Oct 4th hurricane. All that was left was the thatched roof so they dug a hole in the side and crawl in from the side to get out of the weather. The look of joy in the eyes as they have hope of their new home being done soon is something that I can’t explain. The difficult part is there are so many more needing help.

We ended the day taking a land cruiser FULL of our kids to the first night of the Festival of Praise in Les Cayes led by Pastor Rivenson Dige & the Centre de Vie Church. This year we are holding it in the poorest of poor part of town. This area is neglected for many reasons and they sure don’t see many blan (white people). The kids there can’t get enough of feeling, poking and prodding our white skin. And for some reason think it’s special to have a blan show interest in them. The best news is the gospel was shared very clearly and people responded.

Well back to unload another container this morning and another concert tonight.

PS. and people ask why we go to Haiti?!?!

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Below: Pastor Rivenson Dige gets his team ready for the street concert in Les Cayes.

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Give a Home this Christmas

We all yearn to come home for Christmas! Hurricane Matthew took away this option for so many in Haiti. (Nearly 90% of the traditional homes in the area are devastated.)

Consider the gift of a home this Christmas by donating toward a Safe T Home® through GoServ Global. Perhaps you can make a donation in honor of your children or grandchildren this Christmas in lieu of traditional gifts like others are doing.

And for those able to donate an entire Safe T Home® before Jan. 1, 2017, a SURPRISE BENEFIT awaits you!

Mail your donation to:

GoServ Global

PO Box 193

Eagle Grove, IA 50533

Learn more about the Safe T Home® at http://goservglobal.org/safe-t-home/

 

 

Haiti Relief 2-Month Update

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It’s been nearly two months since Hurricane Matthew devoured Haiti where GoServ Global rescues the vulnerable – orphans, widows, abandoned babies, displaced families, etc. Shacks that once served as homes before the hurricane are now missing roofs, or walls, or both. Hurricane Matthew damaged nearly every home in the area. The structures that families are living in seem impossible, yet they have no where else to go.

GoServ Global Team Leader Terry Prickett explains one of the houses he saw on his recent mission trip to Haiti. “The roof collapsed so it looked like a roof teepee on the ground. We saw a couple of elderly ladies sitting out front with a little hole that one was climbing out of. That’s what they’re living in and they’re probably one of the lucky ones because they have a roof. I’d estimate that 90% of the homes that are left don’t even have roofs on them.”

GoServ Global is focusing relief efforts on housing.

All of the Safe T Homes® withstood the 145 hurricane winds with minimal damage and many lives were saved as up to 60 people crowded into the homes to ride out the storm. Thanks to donations, GoServ Global has already built more than 5 Safe T Homes® with 30 more Safe T Homes® enroute via three shipping containers. Roofs have been replaced on some of the GoServ Global traditional buildings that sustained damage.

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GoServ Global has already purchased land by the Village of Hope that includes 60 Safe T Homes®. An extra 150 community members have been staying at the Village of Hope because their homes were destroyed. GoServ Global expects to build 10 more Safe T Homes® on this property.

GoServ Global will also focus building Safe T Homes® in Les Anglais, a community just west of Les Cayes that was totally destroyed (what’s left of their homes are pictured at the top of this post).

“The need is so great in this area – it’s the poorest of the poor,” shared GoServ Global Co-Founder Ken DeYoung. “Thousands and thousands of homes were wiped out because they were made with thatch. Many people died and now cholera is running rampant.”

GoServ Global needs your help! 100% of your donation goes to the Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund. Give online at  http://goservglobal.org/give  & Choose “Haiti Hurricane Matthew” in the dropdown).

Donations may also be sent to: GoServ Global
PO Box 193
Eagle Grove, IA 50533
Write “Hurricane Relief ” in the memo line.

Each Safe T Home® costs $5,700 to purchase from Sukup Manufacturing, $1,000 to ship, and $300 for concrete for a total of $7,000 to get the home from Sheffield, Iowa to Les Cayes, Haiti, built.

 

 

Hurricane Matthew Relief Update

Two teams have been working in Haiti this past week. One of the exciting jobs the teams helped with is unloading the 1st of many shipping containers that arrived in Les Cayes. The container included Safe T Homes®, generators, farm equipment, chairs, and much, much more!

In the past few weeks, teams have also completed 4 Safe T Homes® at the Center of Help Orphanage that was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

Thanks to everyone for their donations.

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$20,000 Matching Challenge during NOVEMBER: Guatemala

Support the Guatemala ministry with a $2 for $1 Matching Challenge up to $20,000!

GoServ Global is building the country’s first Evangelical-Free Church called Inheritance Church. Eventually this building will be used as a Christian school as well. These funds will bring utilities to the Inheritance Church building, will enable GoServ Global to build a fresh-water well, add a septic system and electricity, and would prep the floor for walls, in addition to paying off all 2016 expenses.

Donate online here  (Choose Guatemala Projects in the dropdown) or mail your donation to GoServ Global, PO Box 193, Eagle Grove, IA 50533. Don’t wait – make sure to make your donation in November in order to double your money!

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Safe T Home® Time-Lapse Build After Hurricane Matthew

 

Here is a 1-min time-lapse video that shows GoServ Global work teams building 3 Safe T Homes® at the Center of Help Orphanage in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew destroyed the orphanage’s traditional-style buildings. Thanks to GoServ Global Ambassador Zach Liscio for the footage.

The Safe T Home® can be built in a few hours using simple hand tools and costs $5,700 for 1 home. Help GoServ Global raise funds to provide more homes in Haiti – the need is great.  Learn more about the Safe T Homes® at http://goservglobal.org/safe-t-home/

Ways to Help Hurricane Matthew Relief

It’s been three weeks since Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti. More than 1,000 people are estimated to have died and 1.4 million need humanitarian aid. While GoServ Global’s orphans and staff are alive, and 100% of our Safe T Homes® withstood the 145 mph winds, the need is still great!

Your donations have already provided life-saving relief. Last week GoServ Global sent a shipping container filled with 800+ sheets of metal roofing, food, emergency supplies, and much, much more. In addition, 20 more Safe T Homes® were shipped to Haiti as well.

Can you do us a favor? Would you be willing to share our needs with your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, church, etc? 

Below we have a few tools for you to use via email, social media, etc.

Letter to Share

Safe T Home Flyer

Hurricane Matthew Relief Video

GoServ Global Give Graphic

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on social media: @goservglobal on Facebook and @GoServG on Twitter.