Too tired for a title

“Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;

the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.

 The LORD will protect him and preserve his life;
he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.

 The LORD will sustain him on his sick bed 
and restore him from his bed of illness.”

Proverbs 41:1-3

The above was shared with us yesterday by Sara, one half of the couple that is applying for the volunteer position. It was so fitting and brought a lot of encouragement. We can see how God is using the trials of the last few weeks in so many ways, and on so many levels, even though we are tired and spent. 

Last night two of our workers volunteered to help with security after Jan Filip couldn’t find the two men he wanted to come help him. It was very encouraging to us to see their enthusiasm with helping our family and the mission feel safe. We slept well and when I would wake in the night I would hear them quietly talking and thank God for them. All of our staff have been wonderful and just thinking about them and how they’ve been handling all of this along with us makes me want to cry. Today Chris went out to ask for volunteers to take shifts with security throughout the days over the weekend and he came back with a big list of names. Even Boss Simon who is actually a contractor for the building project, not technically a CWH employee, volunteered. 

We are still on edge. We’re tired. We’re feeling the frustration of not being able to do more than we already are. It’s hard to sit back and wait for things to run their course. There are things happening and some things have come to light, but I won’t elaborate here right now. 

We are grateful for your prayers and for continuing to hold our family and the mission up like this. If you would like specific things to pray for here’s a list…

  • Peace and rest for our family
  • Safety at the mission and as we and our employees go out. We’re staying close to home for the most part, but sometimes we need to get out. We’re just being incredibly careful as we do so. 
  • For the police and UN involved, that they would have wisdom as they proceed and that they would be protected as they need to take action.
  • For those responsible, that they would be found and held accountable for their actions, but also that God would work in their hearts through the process. 
I’ve been thinking a lot about how something like this affects the community around us. To give some background, Pierre Payen is known, as we’re learning, to be a *hard* area, meaning there are a lot of issues here with how people interact and go about doing life that aren’t healthy. A lot of intimidation, lots of voo doo and fear of what neighbors may do to you, very little trust. Things like that can cause major problems. In the past missionaries have been run out of town for very similar reasons that were found in our threats, and in very similar ways. The example that was set through situations like that, and because of the countless times that violence has gotten people the results they’ve wanted on a country wide level, there are some people that feel this is an appropriate way to behave. There are also a lot of people that believe it’s not. 

As difficult as this is for our family we realize that this thing is much bigger than us or the mission. We can see that how we respond and the results will greatly affect people here. By not running away (not that we have the choice) and by trying to use the channels available we are hoping and praying that a new precedent will be set for the community. One that allows people to live more peacefully with each other, one that helps to eliminate fear, and one that sends the message that intimidation and fear are no longer acceptable ways of getting what you want. I believe that Haitians want to see their country progress and develop and these kinds of situations only hold that back. It needs to stop and if God wants to use our family as part of that process then we’re willing to go through this for the benefit of all people here.
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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

2 thoughts on “Too tired for a title

  1. Thanks for correcting me on the dollar amount. I can now see why you guys were so upset. And I pray that God will give you guys the wisdom to deal with your current situation. It hurts my heart to see the pictures of your van. I am sure it was a very helpful tool to your work there. I am Haitian and I will always be one, but I know sometimes it takes a lot of love, compassion, and forgiveness to work in Haiti. I remember last month I commented on one of your posts and I said we, the Haitians are in great need to be reeducated. This has been my belief for a while now. All we have learned throughout our history as a nation is violence and injustices. If you were to compare how we behave as a people with how we were treated as slaves by our masters 200 years and how we have treated by elite in our country and our governments, it would be hard not to make the connection. Simply look at the method that most families use to disciple their kids; does it not share some similarities with the way slaves were “disciplined” by their masters. Look at how we treat the weakest among us; do we not turn them into restavaks? do we not physically and we sexually abused them? Look how we treat our women; Don’t we treat them like objects? Look how we make the poor among us work 12hrs shifts in our factories; do we not only pay them $2/day?

    Some say we have had many chances to break the cycle, but I would contend this far from being true. The year I was born about 80% of our popular was still alliterated. I am not saying it only takes people to know how to read and write to build a fear society, but the number proves we were never given a chance to enter society and progress. After our independence, education was reserved for the ruling class which was for the most part mulatoes. Even, I who was born in the early 80s, almost was a victim of the taboo that only the ruling class needed to be educated.

    I do not care about how my great-grandparents were enslaved and so soon, this is not relevant, but I do care about the aftermath of slavery in Haiti because it shapes our society. We are still living with the consequences today. I am not trying to blame anyone for the past, but if we never go back to the past, we may never understand our problems.

    I pray that God keeps you and you family safe.
    God bless

  2. Chris and Leslie, be assured of my prayers as you continue to go through this difficult time. I am praying for safety, security and love to be with you.

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