On Jan 12, 2010 Haiti was devastated by an earthquake. The estimated death toll was nearly 300,000. Around 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings were destroyed or severely damaged, and almost 4 million people in total were affected by the earthquake.
As a response to the widespread devastation in Haiti, Jesus Youth America undertook a small Haiti Mission exploration in March 2011, an initiative under the leadership of Sunil Nadarajan with the help of Caritas InVeritate International. The mission began with simply visiting families, praying with them and distributing food and basic supplies. Over time, JY started serving the Church in Haiti along with the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo (Scalabrinians) and their Parish Mission St.Thomas in Camp Corail. The mission of Jesus Youth has evolved based on the needs of the Church there and deepening relationships. During the past 8 years, Jesus Youth has had several fulltimers placed in Haiti, organized numerous mission exposure trips – short term and long term, healing missions and even a JY wedding in Haiti.
As much as the movement has given her time, effort and prayers in Haiti, the Lord has returned tenfold. Haiti is a country where the Lord is felt and heard so clearly. In encountering the people, the poverty, the missionaries and in so many others, we meet Christ. In as much as Haiti needs Jesus Youth, the truth is that the movement also needs Haiti.