Home from Haiti

Kevin’s home!  He arrived just after lunch, and we got to spend a lot of family time together already this afternoon – including a nice long bike ride along the river.  Kaisa couldn’t get enough of Daddy – if she could have, she would have ridden her bike holding his hand :).  Both Kaisa and Talia had lots of questions about Haiti, probably more so than a regular trip, since the Haiti Earthquake has been a discussion topic both in school and at church.  Talia’s looked at all the pictures already.  And the girls both welcomed home “travelling turtle,” who went along with Kevin and was featured in some of Kevin’s pictures home to the girls . . . can you see him?

Here’s some of Kevin’s reflections on his Haiti trip:

Despite all the destruction we were constantly amazed that people are not depressed and wallowing in misery. We imagine that if we were in their place we would be questioning God, and using the earthquake as an excuse for all our problems. People have moved on. They have taken what God has given them and don’t seem to be looking back. The markets and businesses are in full operation, church is enthusiastic and fully attended, schools are trying to re-start. Most people are proud and take good care of their appearance and cleanliness of their clothes (much more than we do) even though the rest of their lives are in shambles. Their fatalistic society (they take what they get and move on) is definitely to be admired.

The rains and hurricanes are coming in the next few months. The thousands of people still sleeping directly on the street or under make-shift tarps (even after 2.5 months) because they are afraid of their own houses will have to choose between getting wet (and sick) or sleeping in a dangerous house, Those are hard choices.

The houses that are being repaired are first being demolished with chisels with the rubble piled in the street. This takes months for a crew just to dismantle the rubble. And while doing this they will still be recovering bodies many months later in many of the buildings. No one removes the rubble, it just creates a traffic nightmare. Large equipment is virtually non-existent, and where there is some, it is used for government and other large buildings.

So, recovery is far from over in Haiti. Please don’t assume that because Haiti is no longer in the news that all is well. Please continue to pray . . . for those in the tent cities . . . for the ministries who are trying to rebuild . . . please continue to pray for Haiti.


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