Haitian Day of Mourning

12 Jan

This is a blog post from Pastor Caleb Lucien of Hosean International Ministries. On both of my trips to Haiti this year we teamed with Pastor Caleb to help him serve his country. This is a Godly Godly man, full of integrity, with a huge heart for his country and gives selflessly to serve them.

“I cry over the conditions of a country where selfish men and women are fighting for power; I cry for wanting to do more to continue to make a difference while fighting through a system that seems like a roadblock to everything you try to do.”  -Pastor Caleb Lucien

Pastor Caleb with some of his summer volunteers in Pignon, Haiti

These are his words today, one year after the Earthquake:

Today marks the first anniversary of the Haitian Earthquake. The government of Haiti has declared it a “Day of Mourning” and throughout the world Haitians will take a moment of silence to remember those 400,000 plus who died on that horrible day. It was only this past Friday that across from the destroyed National Palace and next to the Plaza Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn) that they found and removed three more bodies from the rubble of a destroyed home. When I commented how sad that was, someone responded that there are more than 1,000 homes where you would find at least one if not ten bodies within. Sad realities but true! Over the past twelve months it has been reported that billions of dollars have been spent in Haiti. Whether the total is accurate or not, it seems like only a Band-Aid has been applied on a huge wound. Over a million people are still living in inhumane conditions. Through the various tent cities, there are numerous reports of violence, rape and abuse of every kind that are taking place. Several thousands have died through the cholera outbreak, several dozen have died as a result of the election and everyone is asking what else that could possibly happen to our beloved country? The outlook for Haiti may not look too bright these days but we cannot and will not lose heart. We will continue to reach out to those in need. To the less fortunate we will provide each and every one the hope that can only be found through our Savior. Please, take some time to pray for the families that are still suffering and pray that God would continue to raise up servants that will really focus on the needs of those that are suffering. Thanks for helping us make a difference in the lives of so many in the past year.
In HIS grace, Caleb

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