Today I had the great opportunity to travel around to different sites with Pastor Roseinel Michel, associate pastor of the national church, under Pastor Guy Tomas. We are in the process of helping Foursquare families, affected by the earthquake, get into the best temporary shelter situation possible, while the rebuilding process continues. We visited four tent camp sites, ranging from 50 families living together, to one with several thousand families. Each family had a different story of how they were effected by the earthquake and what happened to their home. We visited one block of homes in the region, just outside Petion-ville, (Click on the map for a picture of the site and zoom in to see close) Rachael’s home site. Driving in one of the areas most devastated by the earthquake, I couldn’t believe what I saw. The hillside came crashing down, and houses crumbled and fell into others. After climbing over 8-10 destroyed homes, we were finally able to reach sister Rachael’s home. We are providing her with a temporary shelter for the 8 family members in her home.
After leaving her home with Pastor Roseinel, he said to me, “Chad…you’re a cool guy.” I thanked him and asked what he meant. He answered,’ you don’t get excited or irritated like others, brother.” You see we had worked for about 3 hours to find these homes. We drove or walked down countless dead end roads and roads overloaded with debris. We worked through major language barriers. When he said that, I immediately remembered the events of the day and looked for a time when I may have sounded short- tempered, but realized that the peace of the Lord was on both of us. Through that we were able to do a lot of impacting work. Without that peace, I would have missed out on the opportunity to reach 4 different families with the compassionate hand of Jesus. Through that we were able to provide 4 tents, open the door for water filtration, food,and continued ministry. We were also able to share the Gospel with 6 other neighbors just sitting outside near us.
In a country filled with chaos and confusion, and lost,hopeless people, some of the most needed resources for survival, like food, water and shelter were given through the peace of God. Many people heard the news of Hope and of a Savior who cares about them. And they were touched by the peace He gives in a real and tangible way….
Thanks for being part of what God is doing in Haiti!!!