Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Faces of Haiti

Last February Robin and Joshua were privileged to visit La Gonave, Haiti with a group from the Wesleyan Atlantic District. The girl in the above picture melted hearts. They met her in a church in Nan-Mangot and loved her spark and enthusiasm.

The boys in this picture just have a little mischief in their eyes, don't they? This group is from a church in Petit Anse.

Robin with Michelin and his 2 children. The kids look nice and healthy and plump. So good to see!

A lot has been made of the fact that Haiti, the poorest country in the hemisphere, is only 600 miles away from the richest country in the world, let alone the hemisphere. How can such disparity exist? How will Haiti move out of economic ruin into prosperity? The questions can go on and on and on. The answers remain elusive. People have tried to turn the country around and people will continue to try. Hope is good and powerful and will keep people alive.

Every waterfall starts with a drop of water. One person can change the world. A pretty common theme, but still compelling and full of truth. Examples are all around us of ordinary people living out their lives in simple ways and changing the world, at least their immediate world.

Meet Dick. Frere Dick to the residents of LaGonave. My husband felt like he was riding around with the Pope when he was with Dick. Everybody happily waved and shouted greetings to him. He certainly doesn't look like a powerful leader. Yet through hard work and sheer determination, he brought clean water to the island and therefore he brought life and hope.

One day he took the group from Canada up to the water source. They saw all the obstacles he had to overcome to bring that precious water line to where the Haitians live. In his own quiet and humble way, he has changed the world.

I will never have adoring crowds call out my name and yet I can still change the world one drop of water at a time. Lord, show me your will and help me to live simply so that others can simply live.

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