Dear All (hello again!),
For a few years now, Haiti has been strongly on my “radar”. In fact, Haiti has been represented at the first two Francophone Conferences Martine and I have done in the U.S. as we’ve pursued relationship with this special nation and people…
French and Haitian/ Caribbean people grow up deeply aware of the complex, privileged oft painful and now awkward relationship that exists between their peoples… Colonial pasts, indigenous dictators, politics do indeed have a part to explain… their destinies are intertwined on so many levels – much like the expression of a marriage – for “better or worse”!
This is a part of history that the vast majority of Americans aren’t really aware of … In fact in the Caribbean, the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe and French Guyana in South America are a part of France! There are also English, Dutch, Spanish islands – what a place the Caribbean!
So after the earthquake I knew it was only a matter of time before I’d be in Haiti – the Holy Spirit had nudged me – so when the invitation came – though I knew physically it would be costly (as I had such a small window between commitments in Africa and Europe) I knew I had to go… but again no where near the cost of the some 200,000 Haitian lives lost earlier this year…
During the Foursquare Haiti Convention in May, I was invited to preach on the theme “a time of encouraging and refreshing” – I knew why I had been sent when I knelt at the podium and followed my heart and the Spirit’s leading to ask, “as a Frenchman”, forgiveness of my Haitian brethren. It was poignantly significant (confirmed by the organizers) – and as I was received we know something very, very spiritual took place! And I know again it is only a question of WHEN not IF I’ll be back to build a “new spiritual house” with my brethren on this island…. Please keep praying for French-Haitian partnership and reconciliation!
I praise the Lord for the incredible Americans and Canadians I worked with and saw who are doing such an awesome service in Haiti. Active in Haiti as well are the United Nations, and a new major player Brazil and the French – BUT pray with me, deeply, that the Haitians will no longer look out-side their world for the answers they need BUT pray they will finally rise up and find their identity and solution in the God who created them!
For me it was an intense and rich time – so many new friends and affirmed partnerships for the sake of the Gospel! And what a joy to get to spend a night going and coming in Miami with dear friends who minister to Caribbean peoples there – Pastors Cheryl and Richard Sejour (a Haitian man) – Please pray for them as their lives and church are truly a gateway to the Caribbean!
Love always! Dan Lucero, Area Missionary to Francophone Nations