”Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.” Psalm 94:17-18 KJV
As I slowly read what Pastor Délinx was typing out on the computer screen, my stomach did a flip-flop. Worst-case scenarios flooded my mind as I thought through the ramifications of what COULD have been, had not the Lord been on our side.
A huge, semi-truck loaded down with a TRIMESTER’S worth of pre-packaged food had taken off from the mission compound in Archaie located to the north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Its drivers were making the grueling five-hour trip up north to Cap-Haitian on what some people still call roads. Much of the way, it would be faster to ride on the dirt shoulder than on the road itself.
Somewhere — in the middle of nowhere — a potential catastrophe happened. As the drivers rounded a sharp curve, they lost control of the truck which then slid over onto its side. After the men managed to wiggle their way out through a window, they set about unloading all the boxes of food. They then labored to set the lightened truck upright again. All the boxes were now piled up on each other by the side of the road. After many hours of painstaking work, they managed to set the truck upright again and to reload.
Hours later, the exhausted driver and his helpers pulled into our compound. Since it was now late at night, our son, John, was the only one available to help put all the boxes into the depot. Needless to say, he got a workout! The weary travelers hunkered down in our yard for the night and made their way back to Archaie at daybreak.
In case you don’t know why this is a sure sign of God’s grace, here are several worst-case scenarios of what could have taken place, but thankfully, didn’t.
#1 There is a saying in Haiti. You’re never alone in Haiti. In the remotest parts of the country, someone is always close by. We am amazed that no one came by and simply walked off with the food boxes.
#2 The drivers could have been held up by thieves. Both the truck and all the boxes could have been stolen.
#3 A gang could have appeared with weapons, killed the drivers, and stolen all the goods.
#4 We would have been devastated if any of these things had happened. We know how very generous our donors are and their dedication to feed hungry children. Everyone involved in making this dream come true for our children would have suffered a tremendous loss.
#5 The children in our three schools would not have received hot, nutritious meals five days a week and we would have lost three month’s worth of food.
We do not take lightly the believers who partner with us and who pray for Rehoboth Ministries on a regular basis. Please continue to pray for all those who are working together to assure that our schoolchildren get the nourishment they need. Only because others care for and partner with us are we able to pull this off. We are the only large school in the north of Haiti at present which serves a hot meal five days a week.