My favorite trip of the year starts this week. I will embark on my 4th visit to Port au Price, Haiti, returning on the 11th. The South Lewiston Baptist Church has had a longstanding partnership with Bethesda Baptist Church and Pastor Nathan Cherelus.
Prior to and after the earthquake, this group of devoted individuals have worked to build, and now rebuild, a church and school for a pastor who serves thousands of families in the county’s beleaguered capital. I have been asked whether progress is being made since the earthquake. The quick answer is certainly, but there is so much more to do. I will actually know more in a few days.
The incredible debris has been cleared, but there has been little progress on roads, water system and electricity. Clearly, Haiti is the poorest economy in this hemisphere. I wrote a blog after my first visit talking about the resiliency of the people. They are so beautiful — appearance and attitudes. I think of how we would handle the same conditions. They just make it through life each day with family and God is at the core of their existence.
I thank all who have communicated with me over the years, and to the thousands who continue travel to Haiti to help with its immediate needs and longtime growth. More when I return. Meanwhile, go to our archives and read about my experiences.