It has been difficult to do much at the office without the internet. So we have made some trips into a few areas to survey the damage to schools and churches we support through Child Sponsorship. Then two weeks after the hurricane we had massive flooding following a huge rain, which caused even further damage (and even worse internet problems).
With many buildings lacking roofs, everything keeps getting wet from either rain coming down or flood waters rising! Desks, books and supplies are all ruined. The picture was bleak already in Haiti before the disasters, now they have literally nothing left. Haitian schools traditionally have been little more than crude shelters. Now, they don’t even have that!
We are still gathering information and it comes in slowly by word of mouth. So far, we estimate that there is damage to roofs and school contents to at least 75% of the schools. Student’s homes are in the same condition; many have lost everything, many are sleeping in other homes and have lost their livestock, gardens and fruit trees. We are amazed at the determination we see here to keep going in spite of difficulty. We learn a lot from people who have little, but find appreciation for what they still do have.
Within a few short weeks, greenery has reappeared across the storm damaged parts of Haiti! There are many things springing back in a hurry. Life has a way of continuing on even though it may never be quite the same. Circumstances change, but God hasn’t! The work here isn’t so much about the physical and material (although everyone wants that), but much more about our right relationship with God and each other. We continue to warn men of sin and judgment, knowing God is giving them another chance to repent for their sins and seek their Savior. God is waiting for each one to humble themselves before Him!
With all the calls from sponsors wanting to know about their students, we see your caring and concern. It would be appropriate to send a gift of money with your subsequent payment(s). The students and their families would be most appreciative as they continue to have many needs. Thanks to all of you that already have done so! Thanks for all your support and prayers. They mean a lot!
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10