With Haiti being a small nation on a Caribbean island one might think by choosing this title, I am literally referring to the sea. In fact, it is a metaphor for daily life here. No trip to Haiti has ever been easy and this last transition has proved to be especially challenging and equally rewarding.
Around Easter time, Melo’s grandmother passed away. He was very close to her and her passing has been very difficult for him and, I think, magnified his recent loss of several other family members and friends. He was a great asset to our work here as he was familiar with Haitian culture and how to deal with government agencies and authorities. Unfortunately, he has not been available to help with the day to day activities since I returned to Haiti in April. Please pray that he finds comfort and peace as he takes the time he needs to grieve.
This past week we were able to finally obtain consistent electric power at the house! It is surreal to be able to have electricity at the flip of a switch! It is no longer necessary for the boys to do their studies in the dark with a flashlight! And over time, I will tackle the huge amount of unread emails I have in my inbox. And thanks to your generous financial support, our power situation will not be determined by the whims of city officials in Port au Prince as we were able to get a generator and inverter of sufficient size to power the house… and the refrigerator!
On weeknights, the tutor has been meeting with the boys who are most concerned about passing this school year and on weekdays at noon I meet with a tutor who is teaching me Creole. Since my last blog update, two more boys have obtained their driver’s license. One boy (who was unemployed this past year) obtained a contract to work full time as a motorcycle taxi driver. Two other boys are seeking a contract to work part time as a motorcycle taxi driver. At present, all of the boys, except one, are employed. We are actively searching for vocational school opportunities for them during the summer months and plan to keep the tutoring schedule through the summer also. Many are making plans to purchase land and ultimately build a home for themselves on the land.
I apologize for this being short and so long in coming. It is my hope that we will be able to maintain more consistent communication going forward. Thank you for you patience, prayers and understanding.
Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.