Friday, February 15, 2019

Hello again,

We want to thank you for your prayers for Haiti. They are so valuable right now. The people of Haiti need to to be able to live their daily lives, they need to be able to work, go to school, buy food, get medical help, they and their families need to be safe. They need to be able to have a voice without the use of violence.

As you know from our last letter, we were supposed to fly to Haiti last Tuesday evening. We were rescheduled by Sea Tac airport, and booked to fly to Haiti tonight. But, the civil unrest has increased instead of decreased in the last few days. So once again we are changing our flight, this time just placing it on hold as we do not know when things will settle down enough to travel safely in Haiti. This is the report from the Embassy issued today. 
From the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

There are currently widespread, violent, and unpredictable demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and throughout Haiti.  Due to these demonstrations, on February 14, 2019, the Department of State has ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their families. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Haiti.

 Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable.  Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Travelers are sometimes targeted, followed, and violently attacked and robbed shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. Local police may lack the resources to respond to serious criminal incidents, and emergency response, including ambulance service, is limited or non-existent.

This is so heart breaking. And there are so many opinions on what is happening and what the solution may be.  Please continue to lift Haiti up in prayer, praying for solutions and peace. Also pray for wisdom for the leaders of our churches on how to best help their people. Pray for wisdom for us also, that we can be a true help during these struggles. We want to do what is best to help the people of Haiti long term, not just as a quick fix. Your prayers are so valuable in moving the kingdom forward.


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