So, I just feel I need to vent a little. There are some days... or weeks, where the lawlessness of Haiti really gets to me. I am not necessarily speaking of all the political upheaval there is right now, though that is a frustration. I am talking more of the day to day, local and personal level of the communities of Haiti and the lack of order or law being enforced. “How,” you may ask? Well, let me count the ways...
There are two roads by our house and the city hospital that lead down to our ministry campus and the outskirt communities. And there is a sign by the crossroad. It was posted by the Haitian government, in partnership with the UN and IOM (an international non-profit organization) stating that they will be undertaking a project to build water canals along the roads and leading down to the ocean. Great administrative project right? When I first read the sign I thought so too. But then, the term of 3 months they stated that the project would be finished came and went, and then finally the project began. What a mess. First, they began to dig along the roads, then crossed one of the roads to dig the trenches, which of course blocked the road. Then the work stopped... for weeks. We’ve had to go around the hospital and down the other road to the HAM campus instead of down our road. Ok, so that is not a huge inconvenience, but still annoying. The work was going along fine until they dug the trench across the road and stopped working. The work did eventually start up again, they poured the cement “bridge” over the ditch and put in the grates, but until present have never smoothed the road back out. Then comes the kicker. They decided to go start on the other side of the hospital, blocking the other road, to dig another trench, then, yep, you guessed it, stop working.... still waiting.... quite an inconvenience now, not just for us, but anyone who needs to go to the hospital or to/from Thozin (the area where Haiti ARISE campus is located). Marc and I stopped one day to ask the workers why they started digging up another road, when the first was not yet finished and they all say, “oh, we are not in charge of that project.” So who is in charge around here? Grrr. Well, we have started just driving through the first road, over the very large curb of the concrete bridge and grate, praying not to pop a tire. Sigh. I can’t wait for a new president to be elected and for order to be implemented, if that ever happens.
My other source of frustration, living in town, is the noise, all day, all night. Those that stay at HAM campus really have it good. It is so peaceful. Our house though, being in the center of town, is not so quiet. We have a very low attended night club behind us who thinks the way to draw more visitors is to make sure everyone for blocks can hear their music. Then a few months ago, a new neighbor moved in just in front of us. He’s called a “Rasta”, Jamaican kind of black power fellow - that’s what the Haitians call him. And he likes to set up his oversized speakers and bass amp on his front porch to be sure that everyone knows who he is affiliated with. If he was just playing Bob Marley or something, maybe that would not be so bad, but whatever it is he plays, it is jarring and anything but soothing. So, going home in the evenings, if the power goes out, I am grateful cause then there is a little respite from the music in front. I often wonder again, though, “who is in charge around here? Who can I go talk to, or complain to about disturbing the peace?” Would the police even listen to a foreigner anyway, or not do anything about it unless I paid them something? That has been my frustration this week. Well, for many weeks, but it just seems to mount as the music gets louder and more roads are blocked. Hmmm, maybe there is a spiritual lesson in all of this.
Other than that, the work and ministry are really going great. Work projects are on the go and we have had some awesome teams. I’m gonna take some pictures to post soon. I promise. Love you all who follow and support Haiti ARISE! Thank you, and please pray for us to find some peace at home and sleep at night. And Happy Birthday Dad, I love you!