Adventist Church in Haiti Growing Strong 10 Years After Devastating Earthquake

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Members rebuilt church buildings and planted new congregations after the disaster.

In the midst of a hiatus from political protests that filled the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2019, Seventh-day Adventists had a reason to celebrate on January 11, 2020, 10 years after the nation saw its worst earthquake devastate thousands of lives. 

Hundreds gathered at the nearly completed Galaad Seventh-day Adventist Church in Diquini, Carrefour, to praise and worship as they welcomed guests during the second week of a three-week evangelistic campaign. The event took place on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the earthquake, which hit the island nation on January 12, 2010, and claimed the lives of many thousands of people, including more than 500 Adventists.

To the more than 300 members of the Galaad church, the memory of the tragic earthquake also brings to mind the birth of a church group of 50 Seventh-day Adventists and other neighbors. This group slept on the streets the night after the earthquake and began to meet every week thereafter. The informal group soon grew to what is now the current congregation. They have nearly completed a church building that seats more than five hundred.

  • Pierre Caporal, president of the Adventist Church in Haiti, speaks at the Galaad Seventh-day Adventist Church in Diquini, Carrefour, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Saturday, January 11, 2020. [Photo: Libna Stevens/IAD]
  • Church elder Figaro Greger points at the spot on the street where neighbors met every week for more than five years, starting on the evening a major earthquake struck on January 12, 2010. [Photo: Libna Stevens/IAD]
  • At a gathering for the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, a number of attendees moved up to the front after Pierre Caporal, president of the Adventist Church in Haiti, invited them to take a stand for Jesus. [Photo: Libna Stevens/IAD]

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