This article was posted today. Please pray for God to make His presence known in this country that we love with all of our heart. It requires a God-Sized miracle….which we fully know He is capable of.
Lord. Have. Mercy
3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
Lunise Jules, Mercy Corps Country Director for Haiti, says:
“Places that were previously considered relatively safe are no longer safe. Nowhere is safe, and nobody is safe. The population is being chased, sometimes dragged out of their houses, kidnapped, and killed for no reason and with no dignity, like animals.
“We are on the brink of a civil war between gangs and civilians. The population has been pushed to make impossible decisions, like choosing between taking children to a hospital or health clinics to treat cholera at the risk of being kidnapped and killed, or staying home and hoping they will get better. Now they begin to ask themselves, why not seek revenge and take justice into their own hands. They don’t have the same guns gangs own, but they use machetes and rocks.”
Judes Jonathas, Deputy Program Director in Haiti, says:
“Haiti is not a functional country anymore. Corporations are leaving, stores are closed, and schools are only partially open, but families are afraid to send their kids because there are reports of teachers, parents, and even children being kidnapped in front of schools. Nearly half of the population is starving. There is no local food production anymore. If a gang occupies an area, farmers are no longer allowed to plant, and when they manage to harvest, markets are closed, so they cannot sell their goods. Families can no longer work because businesses are not operating, and most of the time, their only income is the money received from humanitarian organizations like Mercy Corps.
“We are also very concerned about the growing number of cholera cases, but with the current chaotic situation, it is hard even to quantify the exact number. The rampant violence is still mostly affecting Port-au-Prince. As soon as you leave the capital, it’s like stepping into another country, at least in terms of security. Families in the earthquake-affected areas still struggle to put food on the table, but they are not afraid of walking around at night.”