President of Mountain Mercy Project, Gaetano “G” DeMattei, as been in Port-au-Prince, Haiti since March 12. G has been helping to erect a large steel building, which will serve as the new church building at Pastor Jay Threadgill’s property in Port-au-Prince. Their original building collapsed in the earthquake of 2010, killing 30 of their church members. The city is still struggling to recover from that devastation, and continues to deal with the staggering loss of close to 300,00 people.
This building project is incredibly involved, as the new church will be over 30,000 square feet, and will seat over five thousand at each of several services each Sunday. Thousands each week also attend daily early morning prayer services (6:30 AM!). The new building will additionally serve as a conference center, educational facility, and emergency shelter for the larger Port-au-Prince area.
Teams from all over the United States will be going in to Port-au-Prince over the next few months to lend a hand in this project. Right now, G is heading up crews that have put up the framing, siding, and thankfully, the roof! With the roof in place, the congregation will be somewhat protected from the blistering Haitian sun during their services. The next daunting financial task will be raising the money for an effective air conditioning system.
In mid-April, G’s wife Kathy went to Haiti to join him for a week, and to see firsthand the effectiveness of Mountain Mercy Project as a blessing to the destitute people of Haiti. She was able to get current pictures of the progress being made, and was also able to visit another ministry that MMP supports—a maternity hospital 70 miles north in the small rural community of Bocozelle. There are many needs there, including the need for a new birthing table and some general maintenance requirements.
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Gaetano DeMattei using a cut-off saw that was supplied by Pine Alley Saw Shop in Jamestown, CA after the 2010 earthquake. Now the saw is being used to bring forth new life for a church in Port-au Prince, Haiti.
The siding going up! Church services are so much more comfortable with a little shade.
The new church building framework at sunset.
The roof is almost complete, with a lovely view of the mountains behind. Next step: electrical work.
Kathy and G DeMattei with Haitian workers Samuel and Gene at the new building site in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.