January 12, 2010 a 7.0 earthquake shook the tiny island of Haiti, with the epicenter near the town of Leogane. Twelve days later it was reported that at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater were recorded. Approximately 3 million people were affected by the quake and over 200,000 were killed and the number of severely injured climbed into the thousands.
In March, just two months after the quake Pastor Thomas Mahoney traveled with 9 other area pastors to explore the areas from Port Au Prince to Jacmel where major damage was caused. While in Jacmel, he visited the village of Morne Oge where he met Pastor Jean Gerald LaFleur from Restoration Ministries. Though the time spent together was short Pastor LaFleur was able to share the vision he had for the community which included building homes and a school, and increasing the number of children being sponsored through the Restore Haiti sponsor program.
Before returning to Connecticut, Thomas promised Pastor LaFleur that he would be back that August with a team. Upon his return to NECC, Thomas shared all that he had seen, and, in doing so, he inspired 11 others to join him on what would be the first global mission trip for NECC.
During the first trip, NECC fully financed the rebuilding of a pre-school, dug a foundation for a new home, served children in the Restore Haiti feeding program and ran a weeklong Vacation Bible School program. The trip was so impactful that 75% of those who were on the trip have returned to Jacmel again and again, supporting the ministries, sponsoring children and forming deep relationships with the community of Morne Oge.
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