Local church plans trip to Haiti

Sacramento City Church is doing its part to help the victims in Haiti of Hurricane Matthew

Haiti will never be erased from the Rev. Mark Meek's mind.

"Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and competes with Bangladesh as the poorest country in the world," Meeks said. "They have nothing, and then with the hurricane, the little they have they now don't have."

The retired civil engineer was part of a mission trip to Haiti this past July.

"We were sent to teach hygiene, drill a well and preach the gospel," Meeks said.

He said the devastation he witnessed in July was the aftermath of hurricanes from 2008, where nearly 800 were killed.

"Think about not having electricity, not having water, not having garbage pick-up those basic things we take for granted. That's what you get," Meeks said.

He said he couldn't imagine it happening all over again, but now, nearly 900 have died from Hurricane Matthew.

"So what are we going to do about it," he asked.

He thumbed through videos and photos of kids from his trip. A video of kids from Cap-Haïtien singing "How Great Thou Art" brought back memories.

"Anything that we would consider poverty in the United States cannot be compared, it cannot be compared," Meeks explained.

It only took a dozen Sacramento locals and a special rig to dig a well, Meeks said anyone can do it.

"I don't know what we are going to do, I don't know what we are going to do, but I know I cant just close my eyes and pretend it didn't happen," Meeks said.

Rev. Meeks is planning another trip to Haiti next July, where he will drill another well, but he said this time he wants at least 17 more like-minded groups to join them. If you'd like to help, click here to get in touch with his group.

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