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.
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.”