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Churchgoers Raise Money for Haiti Aid

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As the voices of Houston's Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church reach to the heavens, their financial help reaches more earthly destinations: the sister church in Haiti.

For seven years, the parishioners of Lilly Grove have been helping fellow Christians in the Haitian town of Cabaret, a small town about 40 miles north of Port-au-Prince.

Lilly Grove provided funds for a church, school and clinic called, appropriately enough, the Lilly Grove Mission.

Pastor Terry Anderson says his Houston congregation has come to the aid of its Haitian brothers and sisters before.

"Prior to the earthquake we were there during several hurricanes," he said.

But the recent earthquake is unlike anything that poverty-stricken country has even seen.

Many from Port-au-Prince traveled north to get help at Lilly Gove Mission, stressing the staff's already meager resources.

To help, Lilly Grove Baptist collected more than $51,000.

The money has already been used to buy generators, distribute cash to those needing it, purchasing food and medical supplies.

Still, the congregation in Houston continues it's outreach.

"Jesus said, 'What ever you do to the least of these you've done it also unto me.', That ought to be a clarion call, a cry that goes out to all of us to help our brothers and sisters in need," Pastor Anderson said.

Church member Ila Washington expressed it another way.

"We're blessed and so its a blessing to be able to give. We have so we can give and make a difference in someone else's life," she said.

Lilly Grove parishioners hope to put together a medical mission to Cabaret sometime in March.

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