When Haiti Demonstrations Hit Home
You've probably seen in the news that hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Haiti to protest the corruption in their country. Above all, they are calling for their president, Jovenel Moïse, to step down.
For many of us, it's just a news story... until you hear how it's affecting your friends—our friends—and 200 sweet orphans.
Here is what Pastor Predestin, the director of My Father's House orphanage, said. His words are powerful, so we only edited them for grammar and syntax (since English is his third language).
Haiti has been in a terrible situation for more than a week. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators occupy the streets of the capital with all kinds of guns and knives, gas and rubber cans. They break, loot, burn, and kill. Nothing is spared. The police lost control of the situation. Schools, banks, businesses, and even churches in some areas can not open; all are completely paralyzed.
They want the president to leave power, because the hunger situation has become exaggerated. This situation has affected all layers of society and caused a lot of damage too. People who stay at home are starving because they have nothing to eat.
In my situation with these many children, the situation is really complicated: no gas to prepare food, no gas to feed the generator so that children can find water. All we have is about to finish. Children cannot go to school. The situation is really difficult at the moment.
While the protesters decide to continue with the situation, only the Lord can give an answer to this situation. In any case, we ask for your prayers for a solution to this problem.
Yes, friends, let's pray for God's will to be done quickly in this country. Let's pray that God will provide food and water for the 200 orphans who live at My Father's House. Let's pray that this unrest will cause many to call upon the name of the Lord for salvation.
In addition to prayer, we asked Pastor Predestin if there were any tangible needs that could be met. We wanted to know if someone gave money, whether it would even be possible to leave the orphanage to spend it right now.
Here's what he said:
If someone wanted to give money, that would be great. There are some places out of the capital that we can go even very quickly to buy something. Especially places where the protesters do not go very often. There are also places who sell food in private that we can call. They prepare the things and then we can pick them up very quickly as well.
Thank you for praying and caring for our friends at My Father's House orphanage.