Haiti Quake Anniversary Report

Best Hope is Native Missionaries Preaching the Gospel

January 12, 2011

Haiti's best hope is for gospel-preaching indigenous missions to get the support they need, says Christian Aid Mission's Haiti Director, Rae Burnett. She directed emergency response to last year's deadly earthquake and is in regular touch with indigenous missions there which are assisted by Christian Aid.

"Millions of dollars poured in, and foreigners flooded the country. But humanitarian aid alone will never solve the problems of Haiti," says Burnett. "The destruction was massive. A million are homeless. Naturally speaking, the situation is hopeless. But the gospel of Christ brings hope.

"As Christian Aid's Director for Africa, I have seen it over and over," Burnett says. "A native takes the gospel to a previously unreached area. Villagers respond and a church is planted. Little by little, as the light of Christ permeates their lives, they change. Their spiritual life affects their physical life and conditions are transformed. Christ does it through them. It is not imposed on them from the outside. Our job is to provide financial means for local ministry workers to do the restoration and building they need to fulfill what the Lord has called them to do in their country. As our gifts enable them to bring relief to the suffering in Jesus' name, doors are opened for them to minister the gospel as well.

TENT CITY: Over one million remain homeless in tent cities and the streets, even after one year. Christian Aid wants to help more families rebuild and find hope in Christ. (Christian Aid photo)

"I knew that Haiti was settled by African slaves, but even I was shocked to see the similarities. Little has changed but the location. The culture and mentality is 100% African. Voodoo, brought from the homeland and mixed with Roman Catholicism, assures the place of darkness, fear, and hopelessness. The gospel is the only answer, and it comes most effectively by far through native missionaries."