Our Monday seemed to start out normal enough. Staff prayer, meeting with Carlo, the boss who is here to do some counter top work in the round house… then Jean came running into Peter and Sara’s house almost in tears. We had just seen him 5 minutes earlier in our prayer circle. He was fine. Now he was standing in front of us with ripped clothes and dirt all over him.
The road construction is right in front of our house now and yesterday we weren’t able to get out of the driveway because they were digging things up. Jean took a walk up to the top to see if we would be able to get out with a truck today at all. The family of one of the accused people that we have an arrest warrant for, and have had more problems than we can count, lives right on the corner of the driveway we share with everyone else who has a house down here. When Jean went up to look at things the guy that we have a warrant for came out and got in his face with his brother. The mother and two sisters started throwing rocks at Jean. Together they tried to give him a good beating. Jean was able to get away with no blood, but covered in dirt with his shirt ripped.
Right now he and Chris are in St. Marc trying to make headway with getting arrest warrants for the whole family. THIS, this is what we’ve been dealing with for years. BUT, instead of making things better for themselves, this family just made things so much worse. Instead of discouraging Jean from helping us push our case they’ve made him mad. Not only him, but his whole family. And our workers and many others. And as Jean said this morning, he’s upset this has happened to him, but he’s very happy for us because they have just handed us more of a reason to push our case. They, themselves, have handed us more proof that the son is involved in what has happened to us.
Please pray for Jean. He’s obviously shaken. His family is angry. We are going to do and use every avenue we have to help get this resolved. Pray that this might be a step forward in getting ALL of our issues here resolved. I won’t lie, we were shocked that it happened, in broad day light. I’m not sure what these people thought the result would be? That Jean would run home and not tell us what happened?
I’m stewing and brewing and angry. We all are. I would love to see this family held accountable for their actions, ALL of them. For them to see that it’s over. And for them to realize that THEY have done this to themselves, that it’s no one else who has done it to them.
That’s just part of our Monday. Olivia is having a rough day. I’ve lost count of how many time outs have been issued and it’s only 10 am. My patience is obviously tried today.
We’re also waiting to hear if our documents have been signed out of IBESR. Wow, I can’t even begin to tell you about the run around we’re getting there. I don’t think you would believe it. The corruption makes me sick. Just a snapshot – the lawyer for IBESR is the first one of 4 signatures that needs to go on the paper. When our police officer friend went to meet with him to get the signature the lawyer said, “Give the white man my phone number and we’ll talk”. Translation: Tell the white man to call me and we’ll see how much my signature is worth to him. Our police officer friend reminded him of what his job was and in a not so nice way told him to stuff it. As far as we know the signature was on the paper when our police officer friend went back the next day. We’re just waiting for the director to sign off. This is where we *think* things are at, but this is Haiti and we won’t really know until we have documents in hand.