During the last two days, our team has spent time at the tent city near base camp; our experiences there have been both heartbreaking and rewarding. At first, it was difficult to grasp the severity of the situation that these families live in everyday. Even as we continued to weave our way through the camp, the realization had not quite sunk in. The smell, combined with the heat is overwhelming- the open sewer system runs basically between the tents as children walk through bare foot. Babies are limp and overheated, children walk up to us with arms open starved for touch and attention. The young men loiter waiting for an opportunity to work and women beg for shelter for their families. The close confines offer little to no privacy as we navigate through the camp women are bathing as children are urinating on the same trail.we were able to set up three Shelter Box Tents that gave shelter to three families- and each tent can sleep up to ten people! Simply amazing!
You would assume a hopeless and bleak spirit but it’s quite the contrary! The people are loving, seeking friendship and are appreciative of any assistance given. Today two people came to faith in Jesus Christ!!! Oh, how heaven was rejoicing – as were we! Children are being educated on site by Jonas. Jonas has dedicated a year of his life to invest in the children of the tent city- he does this for free. The school house, a 12×24 box on the fringe of the tent city houses about 25 Haitian children of all ages! It is here where they are learning both about reading, writing and arithmetic but most importunely about the love of Jesus! It was such a blessing to serve alongside the Haitian people today and to witness the love and power of Jesus Christ in the most practical way! I will never forget their faces as we pulled away. To God be the glory! Dieu Est Bon (God is Good!) James 1:27 “Religion at God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”
-Oak Harbor Team