After the earthquake in 2010 there were heavy rain storms and wind which destroyed the church in Gardere. It is an hour up a mountain by Kubota RTV. After meeting with the pastor of the church, it was decided that we would try and rebuild a new church that would stand up to heavy rains and wind.
GAP raised money for the construction of a new 24ft x 50ft steel Pre-engineered single slope building. We had our Haitian field director and his team pour the cement foundation and set the anchor bolts for the new building. They enlisted the local people to bring the water to mix the cement to the jobsite, which was a two hour walk – round trip. They also gathered gravel and stone to mix with the concrete. The red iron was fabricated in North Manchester.
Tim Traxler then drove the iron to Florida by truck and trailer. It was then shipped to Haiti. GAP got a truck to haul it as far as we could and the Haitians carried the steel up the mountain to the location of the church. There was a team from the US that traveled to Haiti and supervised the Haitians in the steel erection process. Total cost was $21,500.00.
By having the church there, there is a school, church on Sundays, and a youth group once a week that has been averaging around 40 kids. Movie nights have been held, and a Christmas dinner was held in 2019.