I debated between titling this “The Perfect Storm” or “The Testing of Faith” and decided that there truly are no words to describe what I am feeling right now. This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of my being here in Haiti. God has proven time and time again that this is exactly where He wants me to be and because of that, I continue to stay.
After months of not paying rent, the family that had been staying at my house in the States left yesterday. My adult children and their spouses spent the entire day working to clean it and assess damages. Most of the furnishings and all of the carpeting had to be discarded. I was devastated when I heard the initial assessment last night and after years of not having a bout of shingles, they returned this morning.
And yes, there is Hurricane Matthew on the horizon. A dangerous, life-threatening storm headed to Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. For days I have been aware of it and have talked with the boys about how to and the importance of keeping person and property safe when it hits. Fortunately, they take me seriously but it boggles my mind that while people in Jamaica are going to the grocery store and stocking up on food and water, very few people in Haiti are aware of the impending storm. Most people laugh when I tell them about the storm. One friend told me today that I was overly concerned, not everything on the internet is true and that if a storm comes, people will deal with it.
My heart aches knowing that there is imminent danger, thinking of all the houses and businesses in Haiti with tin roofs. Many houses and businesses are only made of wood and tarp. In searching for my faith and peace in all of this, I am reminded of how Haiti literally brings the Bible stories to life. I think about the beggars I have passed on the streets, the kids living on the streets, the oppression faced by so many, the poverty, servants… and now how Noah may have felt when building the ark and no one believed the rains would come. Fortunately, God has promised not to destroy the world again by flood… and fortunately He knows the plans He has for us… plans to prosper and not to harm, plans to give hope and a future.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. Will keep you updated as best as we can.
Matthew 8:26 – He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.