This is hard to write. Really hard. Writing in itself is difficult here because there is just so much and figuring out what to share, when to share it, evaluating why and if I should share it often leaves me not writing anything.
We are again in a season of protests and demonstrations. Why? “Nou bouke ak” (we’re tired of) …poor leadership, corruption, hunger, power outages, unemployment, the rising goude, insecurity, lies, outside interference. The frustration of many Haitians has been taken to the streets. The president of Haiti has declared an economic crisis. People want to know where the Petrocaribe funding went. Many want a new government.
As chaos continues in our beautiful little country we are watching and evaluating, we are safe and in prayer. Truth be told, this is Haiti. The street is often the only place the average person feels like they have a voice and they want to be heard. On the flip side, while many are protesting, many are just trying to get to work. Provide for their families. Get to the market. Get an education.
Unfortunately, we are separated from Dave. On the 6th Dave headed to the Dominican Republic for and LAC Leadership meeting. He is supposed to return tomorrow, Tuesday afternoon. Our newest family in process of joining our team is supposed to fly out Wednesday to move forward with ReachGlobal and continue raising support. Recent days have already been an incredible challenge for them.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7.
This is a command that can be difficult to obey, especially during crisis. But as a professing believer and lover of Jesus, I know that in crisis I need to go to my knees in prayer, immerse myself in the Word, guard my heart and love people deeply.
Scripture says… “be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deut 31:6.
I am not to fear or dread the ‘crisis’ because our faithful God doesn’t ‘leave or forsake us’ when crisis hits. I am to put everything in His hands and rest in His promises.
People across this little country are rising up and praying together.
“So, we do not lose heart…for this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
We don’t understand. We can’t see tomorrow. We can only trust, obey and pray. We choose to praise our God in the challenge, BUT our team does need to make difficult decisions. Looking to the Lord for divine direction in the coming days.
“Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!” Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the LORD.” 1 Chron 16:36