And what are those decisions?
Let me start with a short timeline.
Haiti has been in turmoil since Thursday, February 7. There was a call to protest and many people did. It’s hard to predict where the protestors and roadblocks will be, but the one certainty is disruption to travel and commerce. And that has happened. There has not been fuel delivery and food supplies are getting low in many rural areas, including La Gonave.
La Gonave never participates in national protests. We are always safe during these times. But all of the resources need to be shipped in and when the mainland roads are blocked, the public ferry stops and private boats don’t travel and resources start running out.
On Wednesday, February 13, it became obvious to Global Partners Leadership that the protests were different this time. Since we’ve lived in Haiti, we have seen the protests start dying down after a few days. But not this time. And with that uncertainty, and knowing the lack of resources were going to be a source of trouble, the decision was made to pull out all Wesleyan Missionaries in Haiti.
This was not an easy decision to make or to hear. But again, we are thankful for the leadership making the best decision possible with the available information.
We are full of conflicting emotions right now. We said a sad goodbye to our Haitian friends and staff. We leave them to continue on in the midst of uncertainty and scarcity. And they will. Continue on. It’s been a constant theme for Haitians throughout decades of oppression and uncertainty.
So… here we are in the midst of uncertainty. And where do we go from here? We don’t know.
Right now, our family is in New Jersey with Beth’s parents. The kids are doing schoolwork. Robin and I are trying to take care of details back in Haiti and connecting with friends and family in Canada and the US. We are praying about the immediate future and not thinking about the long-term future. Just a day at a time.
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. They mean a lot. Please join us in prayer for the country of Haiti. Pray for the majority of people who are paying the huge price for the decisions of a few.
And please pray for our family and especially for our kids. It is no fun to be in this in between place. Pray for us as we all navigate our emotions and process the events of the past week and the uncertainty of the future. Also, please pray for Gaëlle as she is concerned about leaving Ginger behind. Thank you.