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Repeated earthquakes and tropical storms coupled with poverty and widespread crime make it hard for Haitians to rebuild homes. Many people live in temporary shelters. Photos by David Draeger, Methodist Church of Haiti mission volunteer coordinator.

Haitians find comfort in faith in face of violence, hunger

Mission volunteer coordinator for the Methodist Church of Haiti says the country is in chaos but people continue to worship God despite the dangers.
Disaster Relief
HAPIGro is a youth animal husbandry initiative that trains youth to raise and care for animals. As offspring are born, the youth "pass the gift" to other youth. Naïkenlove Antoine holds one of her rabbits in front of the hutch where the animals live. Photo courtesy of Valerie Mossman-Celestin, director of HAPI.

Church ministry partner grows in Haiti despite hardship

Haitian Assets for Peace International adds healthy heart initiatives alongside maternal health care, vocational training and other empowerment programs.
Faith Stories
The Rev. Jerry Neff greets Brenda Schofield after the Jan. 22 worship service of United Methodist Church of the Pines in Jasper, Texas. The new church, consisting of people who want to remain United Methodist though their local churches disaffiliated, has been meeting at Jasper’s Trinity Episcopal Church. Neff, a retired United Methodist elder and double lung transplant recipient, is the volunteer pastor. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

With new lungs, he leads a new church

The Rev. Jerry Neff had a double lung transplant less than a year ago and is now leading a new church consisting of East Texans who are staying United Methodist after their local churches disaffiliated.

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