Where do I begin to give an update concerning what is going on in Haiti? I see very little being reported in the news here and it’s as if our back door neighbors don’t exist. The situation there is deplorable. The fuel crisis continues and there is talk of civil war. Our son managed to buy 65 gallons of fuel for our compound from a generous mission there and he is finally on the mend after having strep throat.
All schools are shut down. Kids don’t get to come to school to eat. I asked Pastor Delinx (the pastor/administrator of our main church and school) if we couldn’t have our cooks come and prepare food for the children and teachers who live nearby. He told me that he didn’t want to put them in harm’s way because of the thugs who are occupying the streets who are throwing rocks and setting up barricades. John has been alone on our compound with only a couple of workers and hasn’t left due to the unrest in the streets. Please pray for him as he plans to fly out to meet us in Portland. We depart on October 4th and he is to leave Haiti on the 5th. Needless to say, we are anxious to see him.
I know no better way to give you a glimpse into what is happening on the ground than to post statements made by missionaries and Haitians there. We implore your prayers for peace to reign.
“I had to let the 2 Bible students who showed up go early today after a student wrote to say she was stuck at work and couldn’t leave due to protests downtown. Once the rest of the students heard that, they wanted to get home ASAP. She has since made it home safely.” – John Adams
“Hell getting to the airport today. Finally sent them on motos. Beware if you are trying to get somewhere today. Suggest STAY HOME…….unless you are prepared to pay road Blocks and have rocks thrown.” – Missionary
“Opposition is mobilizing moto gangs, threatening schools & bizs. Please spend these difficult hours in intercession for President Jovenel & Haiti.” – Missionary
“Priye pou nou paske kondisyon vi nou trè stresan paske vi an dur epi lari an pa bon nan moman sa yo akoz bandi sèlman ki ap manifeste.” (“Pray for us because life conditions here are very stressful , because life in the streets is not good at all due to the bandits who are rioting.”) – One of our University Students
“I am always so conscious of my privilege in this country. While I am grateful to have things like electricity, a car, an Internet connection, and a U.S. passport, I am also constantly aware that having these things means I can never 100% identify with where the people are coming from. People here are polite, but on some days, I can feel them saying without saying, “You just don’t get it. You don’t understand.” It’s true—I don’t, but I do my best and I really do love the people. I also know that there are certain ways I wouldn’t be able to serve them without having the advantages I’ve had. To some extent, the disconnect is necessary and inevitable. When I don’t get it, Jesus does. I have to trust that he loves them more than I do.” – John Adams
Due to the exorbitant prices of living in every realm in Haiti, we encourage you to send a monetary gift to help our brothers and sisters in Christ. If you mark it Haiti/Food, we will make sure that those who are in the most dire need get help. Most of all we ask for and thank you for your prayers for those who are on the ground in Haiti and for peace to reign within her borders.
Rehoboth Ministries is… Changing Lives and Impacting a Nation
Links for Giving:
Send Checks to: The Lord’s Table / PO Box 11049 / Goldsboro, NC27532 / (919) 751-8188 & please earmark your gift for Haiti.
Pritchard: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 910 703 3098 / Haiti: 011 509 4160 4096
Dana: email@example.com / 910 916 7229 / Haiti: 011 509 4037 5341
John: firstname.lastname@example.org / 910 581 0390 / Haiti: 011 509 3253 0595
Pritchard & Dana ADAMS
702 Cattail Court
Jacksonville, NC 28540
(NOTE: Our stateside #’s do not work when we are in Haiti.)