||Our friend Gethro took this photo of an all too typical street scene as he was trying to walk home recently.
12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. 14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight. Psalms 72:12-14 [NIV]
Last month I wrote about the struggles the fuel shortage were causing in Haiti, and the resulting political unrest that was building. Since that time, the problems continue and are getting worse by the day. There is still precious little fuel in the country due to the government's inability to pay for it, and violent protesters have hit the streets with destruction. Food and water can't get to markets. Few people can find fuel to drive. It is often even unsafe to walk.
Many of you reading this who have been to Haiti with us know Pastor Codo Cimeus. He sent this update yesterday:
Keep praying for us. We have never experienced this terrible hardship before. We lack almost everything need to survive as human beings: food and drinking water become a luxury The problem of fuel paralyzes all our activities. If by chance, you find fuel on the streets, one gallon could cost up to 3000 gourdes (
. We can not afford it. We parked our car and we walk to places. We hope this situation would help the Haitian people to seek God. We do not know how long we will stay in this distressful situation. God knows. Keep praying for us.
The clinic continues to operate on a reduced schedule. The staff comes in to open the doors when it is safe to move about and they can get transportation. Even the sick struggle to make it to the clinic due to the danger on the streets.
Haiti has a long history of struggle. The violence has ebbed and flowed for decades. This time it feels different, though, with no end in sight. Please join us in praying the Psalm at the top of this email. I'll close for now with the same Haitian proverb I quoted last month. "Bondye konn f
è wout kote ki pa gen wout." That means "God can make a way where there is no way." We believe this to be true as we pray for Haiti.
for the Haiti Cheri Team