Grand Rapids area ministry serving food to Haitian refugees

9:16 PM, Jan 18, 2010   |    comments
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Zeeland (WZZM)- A local missionary group is on the ground in Haiti, serving food to hundreds of refugees.

"It's a catastrophe of epic proportions", says Phil Snyder, Co-Founder of Glow Ministries International, in Zeeland. Snyder has been doing missionary work for over 40 years. As he looks at pictures sent by his son, Chad, he says he's never seen anything like it. There are thousands of Haitians without food, water, or medical care. "We're just taking all of our assets and trying to get them where people need it the most."

Snyder says the day of the earthquake; his son was in Miami, on his way to Haiti. The next day, he made it to the Dominican Republic and in to Haiti. He and some others immediately went to work. "We had just received a 40 foot container of food the week before the earthquake." The food was intended for the students at their schools, but since classes are canceled indefinitely, it was distributed to refugees at a tent camp. "The 40 foot container of food feeds almost a quarter of a million people."

For Snyder, the images are disturbing. Over the years, he and his team have worked hard to improve conditions in Haiti. In 2005, Snyder was shot, kidnapped, and held for ransom. He was trying to help a child get medical attention. "That has had an impact on me, but this is what we do. We work in Haiti."

Snyder would like to be the one on the ground, in Haiti, but for now, he'll stay in West Michigan. He's coordinating relief efforts and already thinking about how to rebuild parts of Haiti. "When its time to go, we'll go. There's no question about it." Snyder says the best thing people can do right now, is donate money.


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