Topeka-based ministry seeking assistance to send flour to Haiti
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - As Haiti continues to recover from a devastating earthquake in August, a Topeka-based ministry is seeking assistance to ship large containers containing nearly a half-million dollars worth of flour to those living on the island nation.
Global Missions Ministries, based in Topeka, said the organization is shipping three 40-foot containers of flour to Haiti.
Six more 40-foot containers are being held for Global Missions and will be shipped when funds become available.
The Rev. Max Manning, the founder and director of Global Missions Ministries, said Thursday that many people in Haiti are suffering from hunger and homelessness after the earthquake.
Many residents of Haiti -- regarded as the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere -- eat only one meal a day, Manning said.
Two days after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook Haiti and resulted in at least 2,200 deaths, Ardent Mills of Wichita contacted Global Missions and offered to donate thousands of bags of King Arthur flour for relief efforts.
Manning, 93, who has been serving in Haiti for more than 60 years, said the flour sells for around $6 per bag, making the total value of the donation in the neighborhood of $480,000.
Manning said financial contributions are being accepted to help pay for the cost of shipping the donated flour.
“We’re in the process of hoping for funds, praying for funds, to help ship,” Manning said. “The goods are free to us to disperse to the people.
“Happily, in the next three or four days, we’re having three 40-foot containers that will be sent to Haiti, and we thank God the finances have come in for the most part to ship these three.
“Now we have six more, and that’s a challenge. It’s something we’re praying over, that God will make a way and we’ll be able to get the remaining flour. They’re holding it for us.”
Haiti, which has about 11 million residents, has experienced other earthquakes in its recent history. Among the most devastating was an earthquake in 2010 that claimed around 300,000 lives.
A hurricane followed the Aug. 14 earthquake, adding to the difficulties of those who live in Haiti.
A little more than a month earlier, on July 7, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise was assassinated at his home in Port-au-Prince, throwing the nation into turmoil.
Anyone interested in assisting with the cost of shipping flour to Haiti may send donations to Global Missions Ministries at 310 S.W. 6th Ave., Topeka, 66603, or by visiting www.global-missions.com.
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