Hope

What does hope look like? In Haiti we expected to find people in distress that we assumed would be dizzy with loss.  Instead they surprised us.  We found them praising God.  Each evening in the town square of Mirebalais, huge crowds gathered for services of praise and prayer and worship.   They could see the God of grace beyond their circumstances.

Shortly after entering Mirebalais, Haiti, we visited Pastor Gibbons. (He told us to call him Pastor Gi.)  He introduced us to his wife and neighbors and a man named William-Mark, who they had invited to live with them in their home.  This young man looked to be about 20 years of age.  His face was bright as he related the events that unfolded on the day of the earthquake. William-Mark had been in Port-au-Prince on the day of the earthquake. He was a student in linguistics school and was attending his final class of the day when the earthquake struck at 4:53pm. He found himself beneath the rubble with many of his classmates.  He was in the darkness and his friends lay around him lifeless.  He lay there two days before being pulled from the debris.  He was saddened by the loss of so many of his school-friends.  Their corpses were near him when he was saved.  At the same time, he marveled that he was alive. He explained that he knew his life was the Lord’s and that God must have some special purpose to have spared him.  William-Mark told us his story from a wheelchair.  His right leg had been amputated just below the knee.  We looked at him and wondered, “What future can he have?”  Survival is the daily concern of every Haitian.  William-Mark faces challenges that far outpace the average Haitian.  How will he work?  Have a family?  What life will he have?

Immediately,  Mario and I sensed an opportunity.  The scores of amputees in Haiti are all wondering about their future and what kind of place they can have in Haitian society.  William-Mark was attending linguistic school, and from the moment we entered Haiti we’d been frustrated by language difficulties.  William-Mark had told us his story in almost perfect English, and his Spanish is almost fluent as well.  In the mission we are always looking for translators.  Could there be a fit?  Here was an opportunity for this man to serve where desperately needed and also to send a clear message to others in his condition.  There is hope.  Hope for the people of Haiti, hope in Christ.

The latest news: The first container has arrived, and the crane has been assembled. The container has been off-loaded and unloaded and food is going out to refugees in Porrt-au-Prince and Mirebalais.  Thanks for helping to make this happen.  Now there should be a steady stream of containers making their way down!

Truck arriving in Mirebalais. Steep hill required partial unloading before entering compound.

Crane sent in 1st container to lift the container of the truck at site.

Food being parcelled out for distribution in the city.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy on August 3, 2018 at 2:30 am

    I would love to know where William-Mark is today.

    Reply

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