This is now my third trip into Haiti since the earth shook back 6 months ago. There is still so much need here in Haiti. I have seen a lot of progress; the streets are cleaner, the tensions are easing, and the over all condition is better, but this is only comparative from my first trip in March till today. Do not be fooled, these people in the tents are not going anywhere fast. Those with jobs again are only making enough to get by, meaning they can feed their family at least once a day. There are no government bailouts coming or tax rebates or loans being offered to help those who lost their homes. If it had not been for Foursquare and the two teams so far to work on Pastor Rosinel’s house he would still be in a tent. Haiti still needs you to build a relationship in Haiti, but not just with a Haitian! We need to build a relationship with a mom or dad, a brother or sister, a daughter or son. When I first went to Haiti, I saw Haitians in need, but now I see the human being in need, the dad who desires to give his children food and shelter, or the mom offering protection and relief from suffering. This all clicked for me one day while putting up the truss system for Pastor Rosinel’s new roof. Mom had turned on some music to listen too, then the oldest daughter came out and cranked up the music real loud, then dad/Rosinel ran to the radio to turn it down to a safe level again. How many times can you relate to this story? I know I did, and that is when the Holy Spirit spoke to me about the deeper connection that we have with our family. Not Haitians but moms and dads, brother, and sisters, sons and daughters, our Foursquare family finding their way forward to a better tomorrow.
Chris Mazzola, NE District Team