Crime in Haiti’s cities and towns is so rampant that leaving your home means taking a chance.
Haitian parents fear each time their children leave for school. They hold their breath and are ever watchful when they go out for find food or work.
The deep fear of kidnapping or robbery or worse is like a terrible storm that won’t let up.
Haiti is on the brink of dictatorship. President Jovenel Moise’s term ended on Feb. 7, 2021 many of his critics and Haitian constitutional scholars claim. But near daily protests have not stopped him. If anything, critics claim, Moise is dangerously amassing more illicit power, including pushing for a referendum to adopt a new version of the Constitution written by Moise and which would give him greater power.
It’s almost been a year since I’ve been at my home in Port-au-Prince. Instability sent me back to the U.S. in September 2019, and when I was finally returned in March 2020 COVID-19 struck. World Mission evacuated me again. Yet, I share the Haitians’ fear and worry, even if only from far away.
In my eight years as a mission co-worker serving alongside the people of Haiti, I’ve never felt their hopelessness. Often, I share their many difficulties, but their faith always has been deeper. Help us to find resources to continue projects that create ways for them to feed their families with dignity and joy.
Thank you, friends, for all the many ways you support our ministry in Haiti, and my opportunity to accompany the people there, even while I am not with them in person. It is because of your gifts that we are able to walk with God’s people of deep faith.