Tripp and I just arrived in Port-au-Prince. The people, the chaos, and dust renders a familiarity unique to Haiti. It is always great to be welcomed so warmly by our friends and brothers, Pastor Lesly and Vixamar. As I pile in the back of a grate covered pickup with Pastor Lesly, I was able to spend some time catching up as we maneuvered our way through a sea of Haitians impacted by the current fuel shortage. He shared stories and updates as we headed to see the boys. Due to the current political and social climate, we were forced to acquire transportation with security through our partners in ministry at GOP.
The opportunity to see the boys was exciting. It had been too long. We were forced to postpone our last two trips due to the demonstrations in Port-au-Prince over government corruption and the rising cost of living. It’s a sober reminder of the challenges that are the norm in Haiti. We are extremely thankful that most of the violence resides largely in the capital and not in Croix-des-Bouquets. The situation here is reaching new heights according to Pastor Lesly. Cost for fuel and food beckons memories of the painful times surrounding the earthquake that first brought us to Haiti. Demonstrations pop up sporadically and spill into the streets creating a new norm in Haiti. Haiti needs your prayers.
I have always found the people here friendly and welcoming. Thankfully this remains, but you can see the tireless struggle weighing on them. Our hearts break. The struggle is palpable, as we see mobs of people surrounding the fuel stations. Too often tempers flare. “But God will provide” Pastor Lesly affirms. The streets remain busy but the added congestion surrounding the streets is evident.
Pastor Lesly shares in the public’s frustration and strife. He appears agitated with the things he sees and reports on, but remains hopeful. Because of his faith and others like him, I know there will be light again at the end of this dark season. Help us pray for Haiti and all of the people who call it home.