I am beginning to realize that my first year in Haiti was God showing me His love for the Haitian people. It was a season of building relationships, learning the language and becoming rooted in the community. This time, however, I sense a change in my purpose and in what God is showing me. My heart is still filled with immense love for the Haitian people, but God is beginning to shed light on some of the deep root-issues that greatly affect the lives of the Haitians.
One of the most challenging aspects this past month has been the influence of money. New Vision Ministries is currently struggling to sustain sufficient financial support to run all the ministries at full capacity. We have had to make substantial cutbacks in the elderly feeding program, fishermen’s program, school sponsorship, and women’s program. The Haitians have been understanding and accepting of the cutbacks, but as time goes by their struggle to provide and survive becomes a tough reality.
I’m realizing how dependent the people are on our ministry. Whether buying fish, giving food or paying them for a job, they have come to rely on us for their livelihood. But with the cutbacks the Haitians are beginning to revert back to survival mode. It is easy to understand why. To go from having your housing provided, all your children in school and a job with a consistent income; to the uncertainty of having a house, having to choose which of your children go to school and which ones don’t, and having your income reduced by more than half...Big difference. Big stress. Big challenge. But God is BIGGER!
I have been reminded many times of God’s faithfulness and His perfect timing in everything. I am so grateful that God brought me to Haiti before these financial cutbacks impacted my friends. It allowed me to build relationships based on pure reciprocated love for one another, rather than being based on having needs met. They accepted my friendship because they wanted to be my friend, not because of the money I had in my pocket. During this current struggle, I have been able to be a source of encouragement; to stand strong with them in believing for God’s provision, rather than being seen merely as the monetary solution to all their troubles.
God’s timing is perfect in that Wesner and I had already started our Bible study before the cutbacks went into affect. Please pray that it will continue to be a place of encouragement and focusing on God’s word and the truth of His goodness –despite whatever challenges we may face. This is a season of change for all of us: but God is catching the broken pieces and putting them together to create a new and even more beautiful picture.
Please join us in believing for God’s provision and that all things are possible through Him who gives us strength! If you feel led to get involved and impact the lives of these Haitian families, please click here to go to my donation website. Thank you so much for all your prayers and support in furthering my love ministry and God’s Kingdom!
I feel so blessed to be here in Haiti. I know there are many challenges ahead but I am excited to see the power of God shine brightly in the midst of difficulty.