DEEP ECONOMIC AFTERSHOCKS:
We are pleased to report that the protests in Haiti have calmed down and roadblocks are much less frequent. Traffic is moving, some schools have opened and many more are planning to re-open soon. We are cautiously optimistic that life is returning to a more peaceful state in Haiti. But after more than two months of political protests, the people of Haiti are suffering “deep economic aftershocks”.
Recent surveys have found that 1 in 3 Haitians need urgent food assistance. “The protests that drew tens of thousands of people at a time to demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise also squeezed incomes, shattered businesses and disrupted the transportation of basic goods.” (NWA) Soaring prices, devaluation of the Haitian currency and a decline in agriculture production have all worsened with the disruption of the political protests.
There is much work to be done.
Many families now sit with their hands empty and need our help. Thanks to your ongoing support of World Wide Village, we are partnering with local Haitian churches to bring much needed food and water to those most in need, but there is more work to be done. Rural villages like Williamson and Luly are among the hardest hit areas in Haiti.
Would you consider giving a year-end gift to bridge the gap and meet critical needs for families in Haiti? Every dollar you give is deeply appreciated by the communities in which we serve.
PRAY FOR HAITI:
- Pray today that God would use the suffering of the people of Haiti for good. Pray that many would cry out to God in the midst of this trial and many would come to Him for salvation. Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
- Pray that each of us would continue to be moved with compassion and desire to serve the poor and those who are hurting in Haiti.
- Pray for wisdom and humility for the government leaders in making decisions and that the government would protect and care for its citizens. Pray especially for decisions to be made regarding the Haitian Parliament and term expirations due on January 20th. Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
- Pray that people’s most basic necessities would be provided as many are struggling economically. Pray for food, water, shelter, medical care and safety.
- Pray that all schools will be able to open in Haiti soon. Pray for safety for the children and teachers. Also pray that the children will be able to concentrate on their studies, so they might learn and break the cycle of illiteracy and poverty.