Greetings once again from Haiti! We’ve been back almost two weeks now, and we’re pretty much ‘re-settled’ in most ways. It was so great to see family and friends while we were home. And now, it’s good to re-connect with our friends and ministry partners here. God continues to bless us, hold us close, and show us new things about Himself and serving Him every day! We are so grateful.
As we reflect on our first couple of weeks back in Haiti, two situations probably stand out in our minds the most. The first one began a couple of weeks ago when one of the younger gals in the feeding program at the fish house died. This was not something that came as a total surprise, as she had been battling repeated illnesses for the past six months. Nonetheless, it’s so tragic when such a young life with two precious children is gone from this earth. The gospel had been shared with her many times, but we never knew for sure how she responded. Her funeral was the day we flew in to Haiti (July 11). Her two kids – an 8 year-old girl (Sherley) and a 3 year-old boy (Climako) – are living at the mission right now, and both of these dear children test HIV positive. Along with one of our ministry guys, we took the kids to the HIV/STD clinic here in Montrouis last week. We’re trying to get the necessary tests to evaluate their status, and begin appropriate treatment. We’re not sure how long they’ll be living at the orphanage. We took them back this morning for their very critical CD4 blood test. Please pray for these dear children. Here is a picture we took last week of Sherley and Climako:
The other experience occurred last Saturday morning when we met with eight refugee families and interviewed them for completion of paperwork that we hope will lead to four duplexes being built for them by a Finnish group. Following the earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, a local Haitian believer named Gary was able to find temporary shelter for 200 of the earthquake survivors who had migrated to Montrouis. These people had lost their homes, all their earthly belongings, and at least one spouse or parent in the earthquake, and had no where to live. After the temporary refugee camp was closed about a year ago due to an outbreak of cholera, fifteen families remained who had not been able to find housing. At that time, Dr. Kerry rented houses for all those that needed housing. He also provided food and school sponsorships for the children as best he could. Of the fifteen families, eight families have been selected as most needy. They are the ones we met with and are applying for this special housing opportunity. The needs are so apparent, and the resources limited. One of these ‘families’ is a really beautiful set of brothers who lost both parents in the quake. Please pray for the housing needs of these very needy refugee families. Here is a picture of one of the families we met with:
As we live in a world so full of tragedy and ‘uncertainty’, we are comforted by the truth that our King reigns, and His kingdom will never end. In our church here, we’ve been talking about the supremacy and all-sufficiency of our Savior in the book of Hebrews. Hebrews 1:11, 12 proclaims about Jesus: “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe… But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” Regardless of the needs and challenges we face on this earth, we who are children of the King have nothing but victory and glory to look forward to when someday we behold face to face the One who is “full of grace and truth”! He is the all-glorious One we love to serve; to Him be all glory!
Be sure to check out the updated pictures of the new clinic building on the “New Clinic Building Under Construction” post. And, again, thank you for your prayers and support. Sara is doing much better with her hip and back pain. We love you and appreciate you so much.
Your partners in ‘Advancing God’s Kingdom in Haiti’,
Dennis and Sara