MINISTRY UPDATE (9/21/2022):
Sometimes we are able to share the good news of our continued work in Haiti, but at other times we have to come to you to share our concerns for bad things that are happening there. This is one of those times. You may be seeing some of the news coverage of the massive demonstrations that are happening all over the country. This time, the unrest is not limited to the capital, Port au Prince, nor is it caused by gangs. The entire population is reeling from 30% inflation, with gas prices at almost $17.00 per gallon, and a quadruple increase in food prices over a short period of time. Everyday people are frustrated with the country’s leaders in failing to do anything to help. These are desperate times, and civil unrest has erupted.
As we know, the most vulnerable people in all situations like this are the poorest people. I spoke with Pastor Dasnis Pierre today, and he reported that he told his people at church yesterday that he is proud of them. He is proud that the people of Fort Liberte keep their dignity and follow their values even in these hard times, not following the example of the rest of the country with violence, looting and destruction of personal property. At the same time, he and the church leaders know that the poorest people are struggling to acquire any food at all. They want to help by organizing an emergency food distribution, much as they did during the early days of Covid when the markets were shut down. He said, “even a bag of rice would be encouraging.”
So, friends, we turn once again to you for any help you could spare. We are grateful for your recent generosity for the featured fundraiser for our school lunch program, Feed My Lambs. That fund is replenished and will be used to feed the school children for the rest of the year. We have now changed the featured fundraiser on our website to Emergency Food Relief. You can follow the link there to give a one time gift online, or you can send a check to our post office box and memo “food relief”. The food will be distributed to those most in need in town and also out in the outposts. We will wire the relief money in the next few days, and the church is already beginning to prepare in anticipation.
Thank you in advance for the good that will be accomplished in the Lord’s name. Keep our dear Haiti in your prayers and pray that peace continues in Fort Liberte.
Annette Crislip for the FFL and JBC boards