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Hebron Church Helps Haiti

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HEBRON, Md. - In the wake of Hurricane Matthew's destruction in Haiti, one local church is helping the island nation, hopefully to the tune of $50,000.

The Uprising Church in Hebron is trying to raise $50,000 in five weeks for reconstruction efforts in Haiti. All the money will go to the Evangelistic World Outreach, a missionary organization in Haiti run by Tom and Bev Brumbley, two Eastern Shore natives. Their daughters were born and raised in Haiti and now attend the Uprising Church. Daughter Lindsey Van Niekerk says she considers Haiti and Delmarva equal parts home, and is inspired by the gratitude of her fellow parishioners.

"It's burdened our hearts a lot, seeing what we consider our people suffer," she said. "It means a lot that people would be willing to say, 'I'm going help these people I've never met.'"

This isn't the first time the Uprising Church helped Haiti. They raised $130,000 in funds and supplies for the country after the 2010 earthquake, and provide monthly support to the Brumbleys' organization. Pastor Bill Cropper says helping is what they're meant to do. 

"If we don't do this, we're not the church," he says. "It's a mandate: when people are hungry you feed them,when people have needs, you take care of them." 

The Brumbleys say they will use all the money to buy Haitian supplies and employ Haitians in their reconstruction efforts as a way to support the Haitian economy. Bev Brumbley says although they're far away, the support of their church family in Delmarva makes them feel at home.

"You know, when you're so far away, and yet you know you have that kind of support, you're not really that far away," she told WBOC in a Skype interview from Haiti. "Because you know there are so many people that love you and care about what you're doing and love the Haitian people."

The Brumbleys have lived in Haiti for 44 years. Bev says this is the worst damage she's ever seen from a hurricane there.

"It won't be a quick fix," Brumbley says.  "But we are dedicated and here and we're willing with the funds and the provisions to try to help the people to come back better."

All donations to the Evangelistic World Outreach are tax-deductible. 

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