Haiti, Heartache, & Hope

Headlines in the news have long faded... Haiti remains a nation lying in ruins.
Time spent in 3rd world countries still did not prepare me for the depth of poverty that blankets this nation. Aid continues, on our flight alone there were 3 teams coming in to spend a week to help - build a home here, put in a water system in there, share the good news of Jesus, provide basic medical care...
Yet, as we drove down the bumpy, dirt roads the scenes were often the same...the men were sitting roadside gambling, women were hauling loads of laundry on their heads, and children sometimes playing a game, more times than not they too were carrying a water bucket, going for produce, working, or simply surviving the hostile streets. 

Heartache sets in 
as stories are told of those who have visited the medical clinic that our friends run. Horrific acts being done to children, superstition leading to brutality, ignorance seemingly unmeasurable, abuse of every kind, neglect, selfishness, self preservation. Daunting and overwhelming.

Yet, this Hope remains...
"we can change our world"
a generation to rise up, call out - turning their eyes, hearts & nation to God, stop ignorance, fight for justice, take a stand against indifference, make wise choices. Haiti's future leaders. There are adult Haitians that desire a new nation, and know that it will be in the next generation.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declare the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, 
to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11