Decisions…

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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.

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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.

Ginger

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6 thoughts on “Decisions…

  1. Beth and Robin: My prayers are with you and your family and with the innocent people of Haiti. May God, in His wisdom, put an end to this conflict. May the people of Haitti come out stronger men and women of God and show the world that He is the Commander-in-Control. Gaelle, I will say a special prayer for ginger. As I type this, tears are running down my face as I cannot even imagine what you are going through. Just know many people are praying for your family and the people of Haiti. God bless – Love you all. Judy.

    On Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 2:19 PM Beyond the Fence wrote:

    > Beth and Robin posted: ” 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 cert” >

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  2. Praying for some positive things for Haiti. May the Lord take care of the people trying to live a “normal” life in the mist of such turmoil. I’m sure Ginger will be looked after by the staff at the Mission. Thanks for all you and your family do trying to make a positive difference in such as beautiful place with amazing people. Hopefully the people we know, will understand that we haven’t forgotten them and that we pray for them daily. Susan

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  3. Continued prayers my friends. My heart has been so heavy reading and seeing the turmoil in Haiti. I can not imagine what you are/have been going through. I have been and will continue to pray for the people of Haiti, for the Haitian Government and those opposing them, I have and will continue to pray for you. (And please let sweet Gaelle know I am praying for her and Ginger). It is unimaginable watching it from the safety of our home, for you to be living it….. Yet I am thankful you are safe, so very thankful. Thanking God for you!

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