Our GBC Haiti team is spending next week ministering - sharing God’s Word, encouraging medical development, training people in filtered water protocols, and doing construction work. But all these activities fall under the umbrella of our vision statement “Reflecting the Lord Jesus Christ to a needy world”. It is an unusual time in Haiti’s history and yet not unique. For more than a month, Haiti has experienced a political leadership vacuum. The former president completed his term on February 7 without a successor (cf. remember the cancellation of our November team due to the unrest of the elections). Missions News Network (cf. https://www.mnnonline.org/news/haiti-flooding-constitutional-upheaval/) reports that the country is being served at present by Jocelerme Privet as the interim president, appointed by Parliament, who has been tasked with setting up new elections.
Besides this political crisis (remember the words, “unusual but not unique”), Haiti is experiencing its worst food and drought crisis in the last 15 years. Then…after three days of rain last month, the country’s second-largest city, Cap-Haitien, on the north side of the island, was hit by terrible floods. (The Christian family of believers at Pignon has close relational ties with believers in Cap-Haitien).
Pray for our team to “be strong in the Lord” as they continue to face difficult situations. Ask God to grant focus, wisdom, strength, courage, and an abundance of the fruits of the Spirit - “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” [Gal. 5:22,23]