Brevard missionaries to Haiti seek help
Since the Threadgills began their ministry at the church it has grown from six people to a weekly attendance of more than 6,000 people, the couple said. They also run the adjacent Morning Star Christian Academy.
“We had a huge rain. Inches and inches in a very short period of time. Flash flooding was everywhere in the city,” Jay Threadgill said. “Water was running through our campus until it was four feet high. Then the unimagined happened. The rivers of water undermined our retaining wall at the church, washing away half the wall and almost taking the new building. Never in a million years did I ever think that wall would go, but it did.”
Despite the damage, more than 8,000 came to worship Easter morning, Threadgill said.
Now, he said they need immediate help to secure and reinforce the church building, and are seeking donations.
Pastor Don Luszczewski of Palm Bay serves as communications director for Threadgill’s Fishers of Men Haiti Ministries. He was in Port au Prince during the initial rebuilding of the church which was destroyed during the 2010 earthquake. Luszczewski also spent time in Port au Prince this spring. He described the situation as urgent.
An engineer has been contracted to assist and meetings have been held with specialists to preserve the retaining wall. Workers have begun shoring up the building to hold it until further work can be done.
Threadgill estimated the cost at around $100,000.
How to Help
Donors can participate in the online You Care fundraiser at http://www.youcaring.com/emergency-fundraiser/emergency-church-repairs-in-port-au-prince-haiti/333564.
Donations can also be sent to the Fishers of Men Haiti stateside office: P.O. Bx. 410953, Melbourne, FL. 32941 or you can give via PayPal on our web site, www.fomhaiti.org.