In the midst of political turmoil and civil unrest in the streets. I was able to safely travel and visit our Haiti partners in each of the four communities we work.
Though the trip was only 10 days, it was a tremendous encouragement and reminder of Haitian determination and hope for a better life. It demonstrated what someone can do with so little resources yet with a great heart.
For instance, our friend Fifi, wife of Lucner our infamous interpreter has taken it upon herself to care for deaf children in the Southwest. These kids have no resources for learning to sign and communicate with the speaking world. Lucner has told me many stories of miraculous provisions that have come so that teachers can get paid, food purchased and rent is covered.
They received a generous gift of $800 from some kind-hearted folks from FCPC which provided the deaf children food, covered rent and pay for teachers who have not been paid for three months. Despite this, they continue to teach and care for these deaf children.
Pastor Voltaire and his wife moved from coastal church St Martin to the mountain village of Meloniere. The school of 225 children meet in a crumbled school that sustained significant damage by Hurricane Matthew. With a torn tarp for protection from the hot sun and rain, these faithful teachers engage the children despite going for months without pay.
I leave this trip feeling encouraged, full of humility, and gratefulness for what my Haitian brothers and sisters face on a daily basis. The joy they bring to their relationships and the hospitality they offer to each other lends me courage in my own walk. At the same time, I hear the frustration of the masses who refuse to remain silent as their government sustains unjust policies that put an additional burden on the poor. The proximity of place exposed me in a small way to the frustrations and anxiety of frequent power outages, outrageous gas lines and inflated prices for food. I see this as an invitation to partner in a way that looks more deeply into the injustice our Haitian friends experience. -Doug Bradbury 2/24/19