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East Texas man returns from Haiti relief efforts following Hurricane Matthew

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Source: Bob Ford Source: Bob Ford
Source: Bob Ford Source: Bob Ford
Source: Bob Ford Source: Bob Ford
Source: Bob Ford Source: Bob Ford

Last month Haiti was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew leaving behind some of the worst destruction the country has seen in recent years. 

Director of global missions with the First United Methodist Church in Lufkin Bob Ford said it was heartbreaking to see. 

“The devastation was just absolute. I think that eighty to ninety percent of all the structures that we saw were damaged or destroyed.” Ford said. 

Ford works for a nonprofit called Water to Life that works to help provide Haiti with a clean water supply.

“We took eight hundred clean water filters into the country. We worked with the Methodist Church of Haiti to distribute those to the disaster areas.” Ford said.

They also took in twenty four hundred food bags, each being able to feed a family of four for a week. 

“There’s like nine hundred thousand people in that area of Haiti that are at risk for food deprivation, disease, cholera and stuff like that because of the poor sanitary conditions.” Ford said.

The impact the hurricane has had on some of the people living there was like nothing Ford had ever seen before. 

“We had national police escorts. I think they were fearful the convoy would get stopped attacked, the people were desperate.” Ford said.

But the destruction and chaos was never going to stop him from his calling. 

“I love Haiti. I think it’s where God’s called me to be and I know people that were personally impacted by the hurricane and I know people whose families had losses.” Ford said.

Those losses are what give Ford the strength to try and make a difference and give the people of Haiti a second chance.

“It just breaks your heart because they had so little and what they did have is gone, so it’s kind of like starting all over again.” Ford said.

Ford hopes to be able to deliver two thousand more water filters to Haiti within the next week as well and has plans to raise funds to help rebuild people’s houses that were destroyed.

Anyone interested in trying to help can contact Ford at the church by emailing him at Bford@Lufkinfirst.com 

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