For many years, Dana Adams has changed the lives of many people in Haiti through ministry work. Now, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, she’s encouraging other people to help as well.
Adams, a Union High School graduate, and her husband, Pritchard, are currently living in the northern portion of the country which was not hit hard by the storm. Mountains that separate the region helped protect the area from any damage.
“They always talk about how those mountains tear up hurricanes and I guess they do,” she said. “That was our protection.”
She added that damage from the 2010 Haiti earthquake was less severe too.
“The ground shook and that was it,” Adams said.
In the early 1980s, the Adams began Rehoboth Ministries. Dana grew up in Sampson County, near the Taylors Bridge area. Pritchard was a colonel in the U.S. Army.
The devoted Christians have been in Haiti for more than 30 years. Some of their work resulted in churches, three schools, a Bible Institute and meals for thousands of children. Now, they are encouraging people to help the devastated areas of the country. Missionaries are currently assisting with repairing damaged roofs and providing food.
“If anyone wants to donate, there’s plenty of wonderful organizations to give to,” Adams stressed.
According to Associated Press reports, the Haitian government says more than 1.4 million need humanitarian assistance. The death toll is more than 400 and country officials believe the figure may be higher. The homes of more than 120,000 were damaged or destroyed.
Adams said some of the concerns include long-term effects, such as crop damage and lack of food when donors leave.
“The people are still stuck there trying to find food,” Adams said.
She believes prayers are helpful, but she wants people to do a lot more.
“We’re thankful for that, but people need to act,” Adams said about making financial donations. “It can be a small donation, $10, $15. You’re not going to miss it. You spend more than that on a meal. When things are so far away and you can’t see it for yourself, you don’t really get the reality of what’s going on.”
Additional information about donation efforts is available on the website, www.rehobothhaiti.com.
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