As many of you are aware, Haiti is the birthplace of our adopted son, Comerson. As a result, this fifth-world country has captured a piece of our heart. But quite honestly, the bond goes much deeper. The people here are much like you and me.
They love family and friends and go out of their way to care for each other. They smile and laugh and have beautiful faith. They trust God for their everything.
They sing. Literally, constantly. Their melodies fill the air.
They dance and get down and know how to have fun. Why? It is a thing called C-O-M-M-U-N-I-T-Y. They work together. Play together. Eat together. Grow old together.
They know each other by name in the village and say hello to everyone as they walk on by. They give high-fives and share their food. They don’t let anyone slip through the cracks. If you are ill, they will pray for you. If you need help, they do what they can. It is all for one and one for all.
It is village life.
Food is scarce because trees have been cut down. Fish no longer swim in the nearby sea. Education is for the rich and elite. And the majority struggle to make ends meet. Houses are parsed together with tin and cardboard. The floors are made of mud. Families sleep all together on one mattress. I’m talking about a family of six.
Life is so different, so hard. I hope for a moment you see.
A typical salary is merely $2 per day. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone survives. Each and every day is a struggle. Each and every day is a gift from above.
I’ve often tried to put myself in their shoes and I have to admit, there is no way that I can. We live in such a plentiful world. We have so many blessings we don’t even see. Yet, there is a part of me that yearns that I could live more like them. There is a part of each of us yearning for such intimacy. There is a tremendous amount of joy that comes from living together and celebrating life as a family.
They will rebuild from Hurricane Matthew. I know somehow that they will.
But I wish for a moment you could see life from their side of the world…because I know it is extremely hard. Hurricane Matthew swept this country by surprise. If only you could catch a glimpse. A country that already has nothing…is once again stripped bare.
I am happy to report that there was no loss of life in the village of Neply that we hold dear. Thank you so much for your prayers. There are blown down trees and roads washed out. But all in all, we’re okay. We will be able to focus on disaster relief in the hardest hit areas by partnering with other organizations. There are homes to rebuild and crops to replant. Work to restart all over again.
Maybe you think there’s not much you can do. I’ll admit my own faith has been challenged. The Enemy often deceives us to think that we are inadequate and insufficient. Or maybe someone else will do it.
I received word that the men from the village of Neply and the staff of MyLifeSpeaks rescued 100 orphans from a nearby orphanage. The river had crested and floodwaters pressed in. They had no way of escape. But God provided capable hands and feet to carry each child to safety. God allowed the people of Neply to be a part of His big plan. They were able to come in and rescue these kids…a reminder that another Rescuer will one day arrive.
You see, it’s not what we can or cannot do…it’s about the work that God has already finished. He is allowing us to be a part of His grand plan. Will you consider getting involved?
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Haiti is a resilient country, but it is also a country that needs HOPE. If you would like to make a donation, please click HERE to help MyLIfeSpeaks reach out to the neighboring, devastated communities. If you would like to hear more about medical concerns for Haiti, you may watch an INTERVIEW of my husband, Dr. Coburn Allen, founder of Dell Children’s Medical Global Outreach.
Thank you for prayerfully considering what you can do.
Sue A. Allen