As the complex situation in Haiti continues to unfold, we want to share a few updates and specific ways you can pray for Haiti, Heartline staff, and the families we serve.
Thank you for caring and for being with us in this ministry. Your steadfast support means more than we can put into words. In the midst of the chaos, we know God is here.
On Thursday, July 5, things in Haiti began to get tense. The Haitian government announced that it would no longer subsidize gas prices, resulting in a 38-51% increase to the cost of fuel.
The vast majority of the population live in an economy that is very fragile and they cannot absorb the higher prices. The average Haitian is affected by a gas price hike and that legitimately causes fear and anger. Unfortunately, there are also powerful forces using this opportunity to make a bad situation worse.
Protests, riots, and road blocks broke out across Haiti making travel extremely dangerous. Despite an announcement that the government reversed its decision on fuel subsidies, the unrest continued throughout the weekend. Many roads in Port au Prince were completely impassable and everyone was instructed to shelter in place.
Monday was a bit calmer in Heartline’s area of the city and as of Tuesday morning, transportation is moving freely in most places. We are grateful for these developments, but also know that the situation could change quickly and have heard that protests may resume.
Lastly, we wanted to share a reflection from Heartline Ministries’ Co-Director, Tara Livesay:
“Whenever Haiti heats up politically, people watching it unfold from far away are often led to believe Haiti and her people are generally dangerous and to be feared. I’m hoping you’ll hear me out. That is not the case. Generally and by and large the people of Haiti are not violent or unkind at all. I have seen hundreds of acts of generosity, sacrifice, and kindness in our time as the guests in Haiti. These events are not usually the average man or woman burning or looting things. (It is political powers and BIG money and other motives behind the curtain that drives the instability. There are people that need Haiti to stay poor and broken so they can stay rich and get richer.) The real Haiti is full of people that would take you into their home, feed you, shelter you, help you, while sacrificing their own bed and limited funds to do so. They’d do it everyday and even while their country burns around them.”
Hi Veda, Thanks so much for caring about Haiti and for continuing to pray!
Thank you for sharing! I pray with you in the morning, imagining the pregnant and new mothers singing and swaying together. Thank you for Tara’s words about Haiti. My most vivid memories of Port-au-Prince are of immaculately dressed children, crisp in their uniforms, stepping over streams of filthy water on their way to school. Bless them, and bless you all.
Thanks for taking the time to read and share Terri. It’s so meaningful that you pray along with us in the morning – we are deeply grateful that you are with the mamas at the maternity center in spirit.
Thank you for taking the time to share the needs of the people in Haiti. I know that God is in control and will protect and provide for His children. My prayers will be for God to intervene in this unstable and political unrest and that He will begin to change hearts of those in power to His. Also, that God will draw all those who are hurting and desperately needing help to Him for care, comfort, and for the grace and strength to get through this crisis. May God heal Haiti and begin a spiritual renewal in their country.
Thank you for reading Wylene and for sharing the specific ways you are praying for Haiti. We appreciate you!
Thank you so much dear friends in Christ! We are praying for you and for Haiti!
Thank you Patti, that means a lot!
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God Bless as you minster there in Haiti!