Things continue to build momentum in Haiti as we pack to leave for the annual MFI Conference in Portland, Oregon. After the conference, we are to visit two of our supporting churches on the West Coast, then return to Haiti around mid-October. Not knowing what the state of things will be around 20 October when we’re due to fly out, it’s very possible that we will have to change our tickets from Miami to Charlotte, then return home to Jacksonville (NC). That makes packing that much more difficult as it’s always a fine balance between warm clothes for Portland and summer clothes for Haiti. This is when one gets to walk by faith on a daily basis with the Lord knowing that He indeed knows what’s around the corner just ahead. We do appreciate your continued prayers.
Here’s a post from our son, John, who is still in Haiti and plans to fly out on Saturday to come meet us in Portland on Sunday. Pray for traveling mercies all around and for the people of Haiti who are suffering due to the violence and unrest. Most of all we’re remembering the ones most affected and the least fortunate. The beautiful children of Haiti, like the one above, are confined to their homes due to the violence in the streets. They don’t get to come to school for that one hot meal they so badly need.
I didn’t venture out today, but from what I hear, Cap-Haitien was pretty quiet. There were major protests in several other cities, though. The protests are increasingly marked by open hostility between civilians and police. In the capital, a journalist was wounded by police fire and protesters burned two police vehicles in response. In Marigot, a small southeastern town, protesters burned a police station in reprisal for a civilian’s death. Tonight, a huge storm is rolling through Cap-Haïtien. The sky has been raining and thundering aggressively, almost as if it were angry. The heavy rains will bring drinking water to some, but on the whole will probably only add to the misery of the desperately poor who live in low-lying areas. – John