Back and Forth

Ugh. I’m going to start this off with an apology for being indecisive. Hopefully it’ll all make sense in a few minutes.

Last week we announced that our blog was going private, and this week it did. But I’ve really been struggling with it. The bottom line is, I don’t want to go private. I really, really don’t. And I especially don’t want to do it because someone is being, well, whatever they are.

The explanation.

There have been a lot of things we have stopped writing about over the last little while. One is our legal issues. Part of the reason is that we felt a need protect ourselves and the mission, recognizing that there could be/are people reading that have connections here. That was a needed thing and in the future will remain that way. In the past we have written about it and maybe that was a mistake. It was done in an attempt to be real about who we are, what we’re living in, the struggles, the issues etc. It’s in the past.

Recently we have had an individual that has been trying to stir the pot, so to speak.  Making our blog private was an attempt at stepping out of that for a bit, but you know what, we don’t really care. That’s the bottom line. The stuff they were using was gleaned from our blog. What many people in internet land fail to remember about bloggers, is that usually only a small percentage of real life gets shared. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. What we share on here is only a very small part of what happens in the day to day. Only a small part of all the thoughts and feelings we have. Basing a judgement of who we are and what we do on the blog is not the best idea because it’s not the whole picture. The truth is, we know who we are, we know how we really live and work here, we know where we have made mistakes, we know the situation we are in better than anyone from the outside because we are living it. And most of all, we know what the truth is in this situation even when many others believe they do.

I want to talk about human rights for a second here, because this pot stirring started because someone thought that having a guy in prison because he is suspected of committing a crime, and having him there for a long time without trial is a human rights violation. You know what? We absolutely agree. It IS a human rights violation. BUT, we are not in charge of the justice system and have little control of how it operates. This is Haiti and Haiti has it’s own laws and systems that are very different from the laws and systems in Canada or the US. AND, who is responsible for changing that? If the issue is to be addressed effectively, it needs to be addressed at a government level, not with one specific case. And, if it gets addressed, every example of people being held in prison for extended periods of time need to be used, not just the one case with the foreigners. It should not matter if a person is there because of a crime committed against a foreigner, or another Haitian. Singling one out over the other is not the way to seek reform. It is biased. Failing to look at the whole picture just shows that bias.

So, no private blog. Yes, we will still be “editing” somethings, but we are who we are and I will not hide that. The biggest thing for me is that I want to keep this open for people to connect with. I want people to know our family and to pray for us. To know Haiti and pray for Haiti and love Haiti. I want them to know the joys and struggles. I want people who are thinking about adoption to know our story. I want people who are thinking about missions anywhere to hear our stories. I don’t want to let a few ruin it for everyone. So, there.

I’m so sorry for having so many of you jump through hoops to stick with us. If anything, your support was incredibly encouraging. Hopefully we can keep plugging along together. Because we like you. We really, really like you.

We will keep the Clean Water for Haiti blog up and running and hopefully that’ll be a great tool to connect people more directly with the mission and the work we do, and this can be a place where people can connect more with our family. We hope you’ll check out both regularly.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Back and Forth

  1. It’s great to catch up! Way to not let Satan have control of this situation. Thanks for your willingness to share your experiences even if somewhat sensored! We hope you get those issues resolved although we realize you live in Haiti! May God bless you for all you are doing in Haiti. Mandy

  2. Glad you changed your minds.

    Anyone who is making a difference in this world is going to catch a lot of flak. It’s hurtful to be falsely accused or criticized. But the people who know you and believe in you and what you’re doing will stand by you regardless of what crazy things are said out there.

    You are two gutsy people and I admire your courage and perseverance in the face of opposition.

  3. Thanks for going public again. I wouldn’t know anything about Haiti or clean water for Haiti or your family and your ministry there if I had not happened along your blog. I am glad you share your experiences, I can experience Haiti vicariously (partially) through your blog. I loved the story about your family going to church out in the hills, blessed me to hear about it. God bless you all.

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