One Meal a Day isn't Enough for Olandy in Haiti
Bobby & Sherry, our missionaries in Haiti, sent us a note this month. The political strife in Haiti is adding to the ongoing struggle for Haitians to keep regular paying jobs and provide enough food for even one meal each day for their families. The conditions there are unlike anything you can imagine here in the U.S. For many, their life is at risk if they travel to work or sell their goods and food. But without the means to make money or obtain more food … their life is still at risk. Here’s the message we received:
Hello Pastor Jentezen,
This is just a note to thank you all so much for your generous monthly and faithful gift to sponsor a container of food, 272,000 meals.
We wish we had the words to tell you how much this means, but you would never really know unless you were living in Haiti right now...
Haiti is in a critical situation. People are trying to overthrow the president and some "higher up" people in the government have brought in guns. Many hoodlums control many parts of Haiti now, so it is not safe for the poor people who travel to sell their food or goods to be back and forth on the road. We constantly have mothers and children coming to our gates for food. The people simply cannot travel to work and sell like they usually do because they’re safety is at risk. Everyone is so thankful for our Gwo Mache Mirak, because it is one of the safe places in Haiti to sell their food. Everyone here protects the Market.
Haiti has always had a food crisis, but we have never seen things this bad. Now, the "Haitian Gourdes" have gone from 35 gdes to a dollar, to 90 gdes to a dollar!
This makes the price of their beans and rice skyrocket. It is the poorest that are really, really suffering the most.
We are still distributing food to our feeding program areas, and to all our school children daily (5,000), and still sharing with other missionary organizations
(90 of them) each month, but the children are the ones who suffer the most.
This is "Olandy," who is high up in the village of Gobert. He and his family live in a tiny shack made of palm leaves. Olandy says, "my place is so bad that the others in the village call my hut ‘the back of a horse’ or ‘do cheval.’” He and his mother walk three hours just to get sticks to make a fire. His father has no job but tries to make charcoal out of trees. Olandy said before our feeding program, they did not even get one meal a day. You can see that his pants are ripped and he is barefoot ... He's never been to school. His parents cannot afford food let alone school.
With your help, this is one of the villages where we began a feeding program.
He is just one of the many children with parents, that you have helped to feed and keep alive. Thank you, Pastor Jentezen and your Connection Partners! May all of Heaven Bless you!
Bobby and Sherry