First of all, my computer in Haiti has some glitches and there are some errors in the last update, for which I apologize. My spelling is certainly not perfect, but neither is it that bad. Hopefully you could sort out what a Dutch/Haitian Donkey meant. Karen always tried to proofread my updates, sometimes a frustrating task for her as she was of the opinion that my English was not great and my French worse (fortunately, she could not evaluate my Dutch, as surely that lacked even more). So, will give you a brief update on the pressing issues.
First of all, other than the freezing temps on our arrival, the trip home went well. Ken, as always, is a most gracious friend and we had a great flight back to Port with him and a few other passengers. He has been making many more trips to Haiti to help out with a variety of projects he has become involved in and his initial conversation to us was that when he first met me back during the earthquake relief effort, he shared with his friends that he had met this crazy American surgeon who tried to go monthly to Haiti. Since then, he has been doing more and more with Haiti and, if I remember right, this was like his 18th trip or so to Haiti in 2019. He has a larger plane than the one we flew in on during the earthquake and what he used to fly Duane and I and others during the elections and all the unrest back in late 2010 and it is a very nice ride, even for the Donkey who isn’t in love with flying. It is exciting to hear what all he has become involved with to help the Haitians in their struggles and I hope we can meet up again in the future, Lord Willing.
Politically, things seemed a bit quieter for likely a few weeks, though as mentioned, traffic was greatly reduced due to the fears of the rioters doing damage to the people and the transports, no matter what type of vehicle it would be. Dr. William was with us for a bit of the week and shared that he has treated so very many people who have been shot (and many who have passed away) by the armed gangs and rioters. He was obviously quite saddened by his fellow citizens and the senseless acts they have been doing to their brothers and sisters, stating that the young were by far the most frequent victims. Haitians are used to constant turmoil and unrest, but the intensity and duration of this present disruption of life has most of them troubled.
We will continue to look into ways to help the hospital adjust to the struggles that the future seems to bring them, most notably looking into possibilities of the solar system reducing our dependence on the unreliable fuel supply and the totally nonexistent (though we keep getting charged for the “privilege of access to power” at a rather healthy rate. (Rumor, likely with some basis in fact, is that Haiti owes in the billions for fuel and the uncertainty of someone willing to extend further credit may be questionable). We are planning to totally disconnect from government power as they have given us somewhere in the range of 24 hr in the last 6 months or so, if my aged memory serves me correctly, Dan was rattling off the figures, and he calculated we paid like $30 for each kilowatt hour. In the meantime, we continue to raise funds for the “rice and goats fund” to help them survive in the short term and at least have a bit more to be joyful for this season of celebration of Christ’s birth. We thank all of you who have been contributing to make this possible again this year. We will email them the total raised on the 23rd of December and then divide it up among the 106 employees of Centre de Sante Lumiere.
Once again, thanks so much for your prayers, encouragement and other means of support for our efforts to serve our Lord in Les Cayes, Haiti, for His glory.
In His Service,
Bill, Dan and Duane