Haiti–Taking a Look

Orphan Home in Haiti

Orphan Home in Haiti

Some things have to be seen to be believed.   Lack of faith is not the problem.  It is understanding that falls short.  This is the nature of Haiti.  This small island country lies no more than 500 miles away from the US.  Yet, it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.  The needs shock the soul and stretch the imagination.  This past week I had the privilege to visit and survey the work of a mission that operates churches, orphanages, and schools.  It was my desire to find ways we could partner with them and get involved in the work.

First, I’d like to provide initial impressions.  The landscape and the people of Haiti are naturally beautiful.  But, both have been spoiled.  The land lies devastated by pollution, deforestation, and lack of sanitation, and over-population.  The land that well could provide some of the best resorts locations in the Caribbean is avoided by tourists.  Corruption and political instability has discouraged businesses from establishing a presence there.  Years of joblessness, poverty, hunger, disease, and animism robbed the people of hope.

My impression is that where life has become the darkest, the love of Jesus shines most brilliantly.  This is true of Haiti as well.  Case in point is the mission of Lewis St. Germain in the area around Cayes.  Over 1400 orhpan children have a home and school and a church, and also hope.  They are learning that though the way seems dark, they have a heavenly Father who loves them.  The mission provides this and also training for work when they become adults.  All of this work is being done based on the gospel love of Jesus.

Note: 1st in a series on work in Haiti.

  • 3 responses to this post.

    1. Posted by O. Zaltron on January 31, 2009 at 1:41 pm

      God used you to bless these people.


    2. […] I personally visited Haiti twice in 2009.  (Check out blog entries from earlier this year:  https://dwcarson.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/haiti-taking-a-look/.)  Haiti is a country that seems to have missed a century of development.  Many Haitians live […]


    3. Posted by Sandy Carson on April 13, 2012 at 12:20 am

      Has your perspective of the work changed over the past 3 years?


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