I spoke with Pastor Lex in Haiti today. He let me know that the situation on the street improved a little this week, with fewer street barricades and public transportation slowly starting to circulate again. The police have been working hard to unblock roads when they are barricaded. Schools remained closed during this tentative calm and things are still quite fragile and volatile.
He told me about yesterday's food distribution.
"Yesterday I was able to get food to the people in Little Paradise. It was so good to see the people. And these people have nothing. They have no food. I mean absolutely nothing. So I was able to visit them in their homes, talk to them, encourage them and they were so excited to receive some food for their families. We were able to give 78 families food in their homes. That was about 400 people."
"Sometimes you try to figure out, what can we do to help them out? Even in the hardship they're going through, people still smile and say, 'thank you for the food'. They say that they appreciate Mission of Hope being around and coming out to help them out. They kept repeating this to me. They said, 'Pastor Lex, I really appreciate even though the situation is so bad and people are leaving the country, you found your way to come back to help us out. That's called a good neighbor. We really enjoy having you back!'"
We are so grateful to each of you who have contributed $45 per 100lb bag of rice, enabling us to distribute food to thousands of individuals and to share with other organizations who are also feeding hungry families at this time. Thank you!!!
As you continue donating, Pastor Lex and our staff will continue distributing rice and beans to our neighbors in Haiti.
This week the USNS Comfort, a floating hospital from the USA, recently pulled into the coastal area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They saw patients all week and performed many surgeries. Many have died over the past 2 months while hospitals were unable to function, so this is a great help. I am grateful for the US Navy's assistance to our neighbors.
The freedom we enjoy in the USA comes at a cost. As we celebrate Veteran's Day tomorrow, I want to say thank you to each person who has served. Each sacrifice is appreciated. The families separated for a season, the physical injuries suffered, the emotional traumas that cannot be erased, the kindnesses shown, the hard decisions made... Thank you so much!
Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our friends in Haiti. Thank you for continuing to remember the poor.