Lufkin pastor prepares to leave for Haiti

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – An East Texas pastor is preparing to leave for Haiti. While this is not his first trip to the country, it will be his most challenging.

"My main aspect is trying to raise funds for Haiti, trying to stay in the gap and do something to make a difference for them," said Pastor Tony Holder, New Life on the Rock Church.

Holder's church has a sister church in Port-au-Prince. Over the last ten years, he's traveled to Haiti nine times. This trip will be the most difficult.

"Of course it's going to be hard," he said. "There's such devastation, such destruction. This is going to be a working trip. This is going to be let's roll up our sleeves, let's get after it. Let's see what we can do."

For a country in the depths of poverty and desperation like they've never seen, Holder doesn't quite know what to expect.

"A catastrophic event like this puts a lot of pressure on a lot, a lot of people," said Holder. "Even thinking how to get aid to all the different people, some are going to be accessible than others and so I'm sure in some areas the mood is not very good."

Amid the rubble and sadness, Holder says there's a glimmer of hope. He says Haitians are strong, resilient people.

"Through everything they face, major hurricanes last years, mud slides, all the different things," he said. "I mean there's been just catastrophic things happen over the last five years there, but they never give up hope."

In a week, Holder will make his trip to the Haitian mountains, spreading hope to a nation that's lost everything but their faith.

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