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Dr. Harry L. Whitt

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Pastor

Local Address: Boaz, Alabama, United States
New Life Christian Center
 
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www.pathwayoutreach.org, 9 Jan 2014 [cached]
Dr. Harry L. Whitt Founder Executive Director
Pathway Outreach Ministries, Inc.
www.pathwayoutreach.org, 3 Oct 2012 [cached]
Pathway Outreach Ministries, Inc. was founded in 1994 by Harry Whitt.
Harry Whitt, pastor of ...
www.gadsdentimes.com, 16 Mar 2010 [cached]
Harry Whitt, pastor of New Life Christian Center in Sardis City, administers medicine to a child during the Heart to Heart clinic at Centre de L'eglise Chretienne in Buneau, Haiti. Special to the Times
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It's the fear the Haitian people still experience that touched Harry Whitt the most.
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Whitt just returned from Buteau, an area in the city of Leogane, Haiti, struck by the Jan. 12 earthquake that has claimed thousands of lives.
Whitt, 54, is pastor at New Life Christian Church in Sardis City and founder of Pathway Outreach Ministries based in Etowah County.
One of the missions of Pathway Outreach Ministries is funding for Centre de L'eglise Chretienne, which translates to Christian Church Center, and the school at the church in Leogane.
The church still is standing and only has a crack in the concrete floor. The small concrete school buildings are behind the church and were damaged. One of the buildings is in much better shape than Whitt had expected and can be repaired. More classrooms can be added. The other school building will be torn down.
Even though the large church still stands, its members fear being indoors and have had services outside since the quake.
Even the Haitians whose homes were not destroyed live with fear of another quake and sleep outdoors in tents, Whitt said.
Thousands of people are living in makeshift tents along the streets in Port-au-Prince and Leogane. Some have constructed shanties made of cardboard and tin - no bigger than a 10-foot by 10-foot space.
"What gripped my heart was the fear the people had," Whitt said.
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Whitt said his family and friends were concerned for his safety during the trip.
"I felt a little anxiety before I left," he said. "But if God has something for me to do next week, He's not going to take me (before then)."
Whitt is pleased with the accomplishments of the eight-day trip.
"When I went down, there I had no idea I'd be involved in a medical clinic," he said.
He met a medical team and got them to come to the community where his ministry's church members live.
Whitt said in a three-hour period, he and a team of two doctors, a nurse and two translators saw 173 patients.
The patients got treatments of worm pills, antibiotics, blood pressure medication and medication for fungus and scabies.
Whitt said even though the earthquake has been devastating to the Haitians, many of the living conditions now - other than sleeping in tents - are not much different than before the earthquake.
"They have acclimated to their present situation and they're doing what they can to get back to what is normal for them," he said. "They're not used to having electricity, they're not used to running water and some don't have indoor toilets."
Whitt left for Haiti on Feb. 26 and flew on a commercial American Airlines flight to Port-au-Prince.
Others that had planned to go with him were unable to after the flight got bumped several times.
"I was a group of one," he said.
Whitt stayed most of the time at a Mennonite dormitory, which has some available space for relief workers. He had stayed there on some of his trips before the earthquake.
"They also provided meals for us," he said.
Whitt had seen images on television of the damage, so he was prepared for some of the destruction.
"When you hear about something, you have a mental image," he said. "But when you actually see it, it is surreal."
One of the things that struck Whitt was the trees in Haiti.
"I have been to where tornadoes have hit, and I did relief work after Katrina," he said. "But in Haiti, the trees were standing."
He used that in a sermon he preached to the Haitian congregation.
"I told them the roots are deep in the earth and flexible, like the people of Haiti," Whitt said, referencing Psalms 1:6.
"I told them the trees were still standing and encouraged people that with all that force, by the grace and mercy of God, they were still standing."
Whitt took a carry-on bag and three checked bags on the flight. He brought only one home. He did not know that food would be available for him so he took MREs (meals ready to eat), a new set of clothes for the church pastor, Fritznel Baptiste, commonly called Pastor Fanfan and pronounced "fa-fa."
Whitt took some other food and toiletry items such as soap, toothpaste and tooth brushes, a tent and tarp.
"I didn't know what to expect, so I carried as much stuff as I could," he said.
He left almost all of it behind.
While there, Whitt spent about $1,500 on food for the Haitians.
He bought 34, 55-pound bags of rice and 64 half-gallons of cooking oil.
Whitt already is planning what is needed next and has shared those plans with his church.
"We want to get the school building repaired and started back so we can get the kids back in school and provide our pastor with a house to live in," he said.
About 200 children attended the school.
Whitt said the ministry still is supporting the school's eight teachers' salaries.
He said Tent-Tech in Boaz already has donated a 20-foot by 40-foot tent to be used to for having church and school until repairs to the structures are complete.
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Pathway Outreach Ministries receives support from a number of churches and individuals and is not solely supported by any one church or denomination, Whitt said.
It was days after a devastating ...
www.gadsdentimes.com, 4 Feb 2010 [cached]
It was days after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti before Harry Whitt knew whether his dear friend and fellow pastor was alive.
Click to enlarge Harry Whitt, pastor of the New Life Christian Center in Sardis City and founder of Pathway Outreach Ministries based in Etowah County, distributes careboxes to school children in the Buteau area of Leogane on the coastal plain of Haiti in 2009. Buy photo SPECIAL TO THE TIMES External Links: Haiti Topic
Whitt is pastor at New Life Christian Church in Sardis City and founder of Pathway Outreach Ministries based in Etowah County. One of the missions of Pathway Outreach Ministries is funding for Centre de L'eglise Chretienne, translated to Christian Church Center, and the school at the church.
Whitt has known Pastor Fritznel Baptiste, commonly called Pastor Fanfan and pronounced "fa-fa," since Whitt went on his first mission trip to Haiti in 1991. Whitt has known Pastor Fritznel Baptiste, commonly called Pastor Fanfan and pronounced "fa-fa," since Whitt went on his first mission trip to Haiti in 1991.
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"God really linked us together," Whitt said. "He is a like a son to me."
Whitt founded Pathway Outreach Ministries in 1994 and has been on many trips to Haiti since. Pathway Outreach Ministries receives support from a number of different churches and individuals and is not solely supported by any one church or denomination, Whitt said.
Pathway commissioned Baptiste in 1995 to start a church in the Buteau area of Leogane, on the coastal plain of Haiti.
"The church began as a small congregation meeting under a brush arbor," Whitt said.
Pathway purchased land and built a church building.
The ministry had Baptiste hire Haitians to build the church.
"It was the most cost effective and it gives them employment," Whitt said.
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It was very unsettling news when Whitt first heard of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
He first heard reports on the radio and quickly went home and turned on the television to CNN.
"The first night it was just spotty reports," Whitt said.
He began to try to call Baptiste's cell phone. "It was just dead on the other end," he said.
Whitt sent e-mails knowing they most likely would not get through, but he had to try.
"I spent two days calling all the numbers in Haiti I had," he said.
Then Whitt contacted someone he knew with a Canadian-based mission group. The Haitian pastor for that group had satellite Internet and a generator. He was able to find out that Baptiste and his family were alive and unhurt, but their house had been destroyed.
The next day Baptiste was able to call Whitt by satellite phone and speak for a couple of minutes.
Baptiste told Whitt the main church building is standing, but is damaged and unsafe. The two small school buildings were more heavily damaged than the main building.
"The church has interior support columns which may have saved the main building," he said. "Our first report was that our school building was completely destroyed. We now understand the building was severely damaged. We will actually know the true damage to all our facilities when we are able to assess the damages ourselves."
Whitt said the quake hit about 5 p.m. so nobody was in the buildings at the time. However, the church's secretary and the 7-year-old son of the associate pastor and school principal were killed.
"It is sad, but it seems there is so much to do that the families and communities cannot take the time to grieve. They must survive," Whitt said.
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"We will be providing physical relief and spiritual encouragement," Whitt said. "We will also be assessing the damages to see how to proceed with rebuilding."
Whitt has spoken with Baptiste via satellite phone since that first call, most recently on Jan. 28.
"They are living in the fields with everybody else, basically using bed sheets as tents" Whitt said. "I told him when we come, we will bring some tarps even though we are limited in the amount of things we can carry. He said 'If you can bring one, two or three that will be more than we have now'."
Whitt said 90 percent of the structures in Leogane were destroyed, including the hospital. The death toll is 10,000 to 15,000 in the city with a population of 134,000, he said.
Whitt said he was told Leogane, about 20 miles from the quake's epicenter, was hit with the same severity as Port au Prince.
"The UN is bringing in food, but it is a riot and a fight of the strongest to get the food," Whitt said. "Those who are older and sick or injured are being shoved back."
Whitt said Baptiste has told him, "I just don't know what to do next."
Whitt sent Baptiste some money through Western Union, which has waived fees for transactions to Haiti.
When he spoke with Baptiste on Jan. 28, he told him he has purchased rice and cooking oil for some of the people in the Buteau area who had the greatest need.
Whitt said all schools in Haiti have come to a standstill.
"We've going to try to repair the church which is a stronghold in the community," he said.
Whitt's plans to go to Haiti have continually changed. He and the others were booked on American Airlines for today, but then found out all flights have been canceled until Feb. 23. They now have canceled their commercial flight and are scheduled for a charter flight on Saturday.
Two of the men going with Whitt are Haitian-American and have family in Port au Prince and will be spending their time there to help their families.
"We have a great task before us in the relief and recovery of our area of Haiti," Whitt said. "We are not sure of the condition of our facilities, but we will be helping the Haitian people in every capacity possible."
Pathway is trying to raise money to meet the sustaining needs in the community of Buteau, repair the church and school buildings and provide Baptiste with a home, Whitt said.
Tax-deductible donations to help in the Haiti relief effort can be sent to Pathway Outreach Ministries, P.O. Box 296, Boaz, AL 35957, and note on the donation that it is for Haiti relief.
"This is one of the most terrible disasters and now is the time to help," Whitt said. "This is going to be a long process of rebuilding."
Many reputable groups are helping the people of Haiti. "We applaud them all," Whitt said.
Harry L. ...
www.pathwayoutreach.org, 3 Oct 2012 [cached]
Harry L. Whitt
Pathway Outreach Ministries, P. O. Box 296, Boaz, AL35957
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