Mariners Teams Deliver Aid to the Sick and Injured
Five Years in Five Photos — Part 2 of 5
Mariners Church responded to the disaster by 1) sending a team to Haiti within days of the quake to aid with disaster relief and 2) raising funds for future relief efforts. Members of this first team recall injecting patients with antibiotics after just 5 minutes of medical training, holding babies dying of dehydration in their arms, and cringing with each and every aftershock that plunged the city into further chaos.
Within weeks, Mariners had connected with Joseph and Samuel Metelus of the Church of God by Faith in Carrefour, Haiti (a suburb of Port-au-Prince, just 15 miles from the epicenter of the quake). The Metelus’ original church had been demolished, and the land their congregation had recently purchased for the construction of a new, larger church became home to a tent city for more than 300 families. For 18 months, the Church of God by Faith, in partnership with Mariners Church, provided clean drinking water to these families. Also during this time, funds were raised through the generosity of Mariners’ members, construction began on a new church to replace the one that had fallen, and Mariners entered into a long-term relationship with the pastors Metelus and all 24 of their churches located throughout southern Haiti.