Dozens of travelers leave Interstate 40 at Exit 196 everyday, some to visit friends and family, others for fuel, refreshment or lodging. They all have a story to tell and we are here to share a tale or two that we heard at Exit 196.
For the past two weeks, we spent a lot of time talking about the devastation that followed the earthquake in Haiti. Our hearts go out to the victims of the tragedy and we want to offer them help and hope.
Since 1995 the Bellevue Church of Christ has partnered with “Hope For Haiti’s Children” to help support the Cazeau Christian Orphanage, a facility that prior to the earthquake housed 48 children ranging in age from 4 to 22 years old. Fortunately the orphanage is located about ten miles from the earth quake’s epicenter and the building suffered little or no structural damage. Also none of the orphanage’s children or workers were killed or injured in the disaster. Immediately after the quake, the Cazeau Christian Orphanage opened it’s doors to receive and offer assistance to survivors of the calamity providing them with a safe place to rest and be cared for.
In 2008, following the series of tropical storms and hurricanes that devastated Haiti’s crops and caused catastrophic flooding throughout the nation, Bruce Zupa of the Bellevue Church of Christ visited the tiny country, representing his local church to bring encouragement to the challenged workers and to deliver much needed supplies. Regarding the current situation in Haiti Zupa said “the Bellevue Church of Christ will be involved in assisting with the needs of the earthquake victims and that aid will most likely be directed through Hope for Haiti’s Children”. He also stated that “we have complete confidence in their ability to identify and fund the greatest need.”
During services on Sunday January 31 the Bellevue Church of Christ will take up a special collection to assist the victims of the earthquake. The funds will be donated to Help for Haiti’s Children and to Healing Hands International a Nashville based church associated agency that is also providing aid to Haiti.
At Exit 196 we are happy that we belong to a community that has a global heart and to know that we are working together to help Haiti and it’s children, who hold the hope for that nation’s future. On January 20th, desiring to be part of this community effort and to assist the Bellevue Church of Christ’s missionary vision, donation jars were placed inside Shoney’s restaurant at Exit 196 where they will remain through February 6th. Please stop by to say hello and drop some change in the jars, there is important work to be done and we know our community will do it’s part.