We had two politically hot days this week, and 7 climatically hot days. Yes, I do believe the weather has turned from pleasant to uncomfortable.
Haïti does officially have a president-elect, now. Michel Martelly, aka popular Haitian musician Sweet Mickey, will be the next president. Overall, the country seems very satisfied with this outcome. The problem now is the local legislative elections. In 18 cities, including Grand-Goâve, candidates from the Inite (Unity) party who had lost, according to the preliminary results, had won according to the final results. In the meantime, people took to the streets. Roads were blocked and tires set ablaze, while the CEP went back to counting again. In the end – what we hope is the end, that is – they announced that the final result that was announced, will stand.
Monday is usually the day that determines how the week will go in the schools. Our students have already missed 3 weeks of school, due to unrest. Because it is isolated to 18 cities and not nation-wide, national exams will go on as planned. This is a disadvantage for our kids, but most of them have taken the initiative to meet in study groups and prepare themselves for exams, even though school has not been functioning.
It’s sad that it’s always the children that pay the price for political unrest in this country. Please, pray for this country and the children who are working so hard to make their futures brighter. May God bless their work and open the eyes of those in authority to make decisions that will be good for them and the future of their country.
We are excited to have Drex and Jo Stuart, from the Hands and Feet Project back with us once again. They were here in Feb/Mar to begin construction of the orphanage, but ran into problems with water supply on the land. New land has been purchased, a well drilled and they are back to get to work, building an orphanage for the 31 children in our care. They are good friends and hard-working missionaries who have given a large portion of their lives to serving God and the people of Haïti. Welcome back, Papa Drex and Mama Jo!
Please keep Gamaniel Parayson, Clerk of the Works for Be Like Brit, in prayer as he has returned to America to fetch his family. They are driving from Massachusetts to Florida right now, where they will ship their vehicle to Haïti, hop on a plane and return to Grand-Goâve. We are looking forward to seeing them together again and living nearby to boot! Angela had been handling a few administrative tasks Stateside. Dawn Sandoval will be helping out in that area, as Angela heads to Haïti. We’re so grateful for the dedicated people that the Lord has brought to MOHI. Thank you, Dawn!
We met with the architect and engineering firm while we were in the States and have been communicating via email and photos since. They will be giving us an excavation plan soon, so that we can continue with this first step in the building process.
In the meantime, the kids have been having a BLAST in the big hole in the yard. They slide down it and build cities in the dirt. And oh my! Do they get DIRTY! But it’s okay, we found out they’re washable.
We got some very exciting news yesterday. Our minister of music’s wife gave birth to their first child. His name is Orgu Nelthon Michel. Both mom and baby are doing well. Maestro was at church this morning, to lead worship. I’ll tell you what, we all could see that he was truly grateful to God for conserving the lives of his wife and child.
As always, we are grateful to all our friends and partners who continue to lift us up in prayer and financially support the work going on here in Haïti. God bless you!