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Heading to Haiti, by Todd Guckenberger, Back2Back Executive Director

March 19, 2010

When the earthquake happened in Haiti this past January, many of our Back2Back ministry supporters called and asked what we were planning on doing.  In the initial days as we prayed about how God might want us to mobilize and coordinate to respond to the need, we realized that Back2Back is not necessarily  a relief organization, but rather we are an organization about long-term development and the sustainability of the orphan.  This focus is one of our strengths.

However, statistics in Haiti are shocking: 90% housing loss in Port-au-Prince, 1 million homeless, a reported 380,000 orphans before the quake, over 2 million people have need for food, and as a result we have continued to pray about how God might use our strengths to help with the re-development  process in Haiti.   It also became clear to us that it makes no sense to “go it alone”.   Why would we not look to partner with an existing organization?  We feel that it makes sense to serve alongside a group who is already established in Haiti, standing back2back with to help them re- develop  (another one of our strengths).

Many times, I thought to myself, if a disaster were to hit Monterrey, Mexico  and mission organizations were pouring in starting new ministries that I would be asking the question, “We’ve been here 13 years, why not join us in what we are already doing?”.  That being said, I, along with Back2Back staff members, Brian Bertke and Chris Ramos, are taking an exploratory trip to Haiti April 5-9th.  We will be hosted by an established non-profit organization, Jesus in Haiti Ministries.  We are excited about how God might use the strengths of Back2Back to help in the rebuilding process.  Please pray that God leads us.

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Help for Haiti

January 14, 2010

On Tuesday night, the strongest earthquake in more than 240 years struck ten miles southwest of Haiti’s capital, Port–au-Prince, destroying buildings and taking many lives. Millions of people are displaced on the streets, lacking shelter, basic necessities and facing the loss of loved ones.  Back2Back’s heart is pierced for the many children and families who are impacted by this tragedy.  Please join with us in praying for the people of Haiti.

Please also consider coming alongside us as we donate funds to relief organizations such as World Vision. World Vision and Back2Back have a common goal of meeting the orphan need. World Vision currently has 370 individuals working on the scene in Haiti. They have extensive experience in providing disaster relief and are committed to offering care for at least 10,000 people. Feel free to visit their website directly to donate funds (www.worldvision.com) or send a check to Back2Back with “Haitian Relief” in the memo and we will direct the funds to World Vision.  For more giving opportunities and a list of additional reputable organizations providing aid to Haiti, please visit the Christian Alliance for Orphans website.

If you are in the Cincinnati area and would like to partner locally, Matthew 25 Ministries is sending shipments of supplies to Haiti and are in need of volunteers to sort donations.  They are also collecting donations to help finance the expense of shipping the supplies to Haiti. Visit the Matthew 25 website for more details (www.m25m.org).

Thank you for partnering with us in our commitment to “provide care for today and hope for tomorrow.”

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