I am again preparing to travel to Grand Goave, Haiti. It is a beautiful island country, but it is also broken. It feels as though the country has yet to recover from the 2010 earthquake, but in reality they have recovered to their former poverty. The corruption and dysfunctional infrastructure continue, and Haiti remains the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
Yet, since our last visit, there have been positive changes. Conscience International, our original partner, has completed their work in Haiti. The group built over 150 rubble houses (They removed so much rubble it actually became a commodity!). With this transition, our next project had always been apparent. While we built new homes, so many more needed basic repairs. Jenny Jenkins, a nurse and CBF missionary, who lives and serves in the community, has connected with a large group of widows. She regularly helps with food and medicine. Nearly all have homes in need of repairs. Roofs, doors, structural problems — the labor and cost is beyond the widow’s ability. The goal of our group is to provide the labor and funds to complete projects. In this mission we hope to fulfill what James calls true religion.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” (James 1:27)
We leave for Haiti on October 17th and will return on the 24th. The cost of the trip is $1650. This includes travel, meals, bed, and building supplies. We are also responsible for immunizations and massive amounts of mosquito repellant.
I ask you for your help in a couple of ways:
- Please pray for our trip. For safety and blessing (that we bring blessing to those in Haiti). Pray also for my family.
- Which leads to my second request, please encourage and help Megan while I am away. I now leave her with four little ones at home. Even if you are not close enough to swing by, send encouraging notes or posts.
If you are interested in going, that would be great. Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to help contribute to me or another person on the trip, you can learn more here.