UPDATED: NOVEMBER 10, 2016
Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest hurricane in a decade with winds up to 145 mph, hit Les Cayes, Haiti, where Iowa-based GoServ Global rescues the vulnerable – orphans, widows, abandoned babies, displaced families, etc.
We are so thankful to report that all of our orphans, widows and staff are alive! Approximately 10% of the traditional homes in the area were left standing after the hurricane, while all Safe T Homes® (nearly 200) withstood the hurricane with just minimal damage! The Safe T Home® saved lives in our villages as people from the community crammed into the home to ride out the storm (as many as 60 people in one Safe T Home®).
Safe T Homes® are one of GoServ Global’s main priorities in Haiti. Each Safe T Homes® costs $5,700 plus $1,000 to ship, and about $300 for cement. So altogether to purchase 1 Safe T Home® and get it from Sheffield, Iowa to Les Cayes, Haiti costs $7,000.
10 Safe T Homes® fit in one shipping container. To give to the Safe T Home®, click HERE and choose “Safe T Home®” in the dropdown.
GoServ Global projects did sustain major damage to our traditional buildings as most of the roofs are gone. In addition, many of our crops, livestock like chickens, rabbits, and fish farm are gone as well as all the fruit trees are destroyed. However, the Centre de Vie Church located in downtown Les Cayes with Pastor Rivenson Dige has very minimal damage and a held church service just a few days after the hurricane! Most of the churches in the area are damaged beyond use.
Since Hurricane Matthew, several GoServ Global teams have served to help with the aftermath, building 4 Safe T Homes at the Center of Help Orphanage that was virtually destroyed. In addition, teams have replaced roofs on many buildings and unloaded the first of several shipping containers to reach Les Cayes.
Just a few days after Hurricane Matthew, Co-Founder Ken DeYoung flew a small crew and much-needed food, water, and other emergency supplies to Les Cayes. Below is a picture of Ken and Board Member Conwell Larson with some of the boys at the Joshua House Boys Orphanage with the Safe T Homes® in the background.
The combination of much lower-than-normal donations in the last few months, along with normal monthly expenses, has led to a potential cash-flow issue.
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In order to meet our mission and provide services to those in need, we rely on the generosity of individuals like you for support!
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Part of what the Domestic branch of GoServ Global does is to help serve local communities using our resources, equipment, and volunteers. Often this occurs after a natural disaster, such as our recent response in Eagle Grove, IA after the storm in July. But when we are not actively responding to disasters we often serve communities in other ways.
In addition to helping prepare the grounds for the show and helping to clean up and tear down afterward, GoServ Global will be running a food booth during the upcoming Albert City Threshermen and Collectors Show. Our food booth will be serving out of a Safe T Home. There is an average attendance of 15,000 over three days at this show. It is known for field demonstrations, some of which include threshing wheat, sawmill demonstrations, corn shelling, a year of farming in 60 minutes, and others.
This year is expected to have a large attendance; there are two themes (Pride of Iowa and Horsepower). Two Guinness Book world record attempts will be happening as well. The first attempt will be the greatest number of mules plowing simultaneously. This will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. The second record attempt will be for the largest number of draft horses plowing simultaneously. This will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13. We hope to see you there, please come by the Safe T Home to say hello!
A GoServ Global crew built a Safe T Home at Hidden Acres Christian Center in Dayton, IA where it will remain throughout the summer along with a few more Safe T Homes. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about the Safe T Home & how it’s making a huge difference in the lives of displaced people, abandoned babies, homeless widows, and orphans in Haiti. Campers may also get the chance to stay in a Safe T Home just like campers at Hidden Creeks Bible Camp in Peru where Safe T Homes serve as cabins for the camp.
Corren Olson of the Sioux Central FFA Chapter received a 1st Place State Proficiency Award at the Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference yesterday for his leadership in the FFA2Haiti Project – an opportunity offered through the FFA and GoServ Global. Way to Go Corren!
Matchlight Records is recording Rivenson Dige’s music in Nashville this week! We are so excited about this project to share the gospel in Haitian Creole in Haiti as there is nothing like this in the country.
Matchlight – Meet our first official signed artist…Rivenson Dige! Rivenson is the worship leader and pastor of Centre de Vie in Les Cayes, Haiti. We’re so excited to be a part of the amazing things God is doing through his life and ministry! Check out his incredible story and stay tuned for more about Rivenson, our Haiti Worship Project, and the launch of his first album! (Pic of Rivenson from FB page) https://vimeo.com/84484006
A team from Grace E-Free in Elkader served in Guatemala in March. They were able to lay sewer tile for drainage on the church property and begin construction on the church. Two teams will serve on a mission trip to Guatemala in June.