CONASPEH advocates for consensus in dealing with Haitian crisis and an independent commission to oversee Haiti elections
Recent elections in Haiti have been hampered by massive irregularities in which the government acknowledged that it failed to adequately train poll workers. In the midst of its results – which benefits President Michel Martelly’s ruling party – it is tempting for the average person reading this in the U.S. to blame Haiti’s leaders for the situation. However, the structural framework of poverty and inequality that destabilizes the country comes mainly from overseas influence and consistently applies pressure and drains Haiti’s resources. That unjust structure fuels dictatorships, dependency, massive urbanization, and centralization and was followed by the application of neo-liberal economic policies ever since the “transition to democracy” began in 1986. No wonder Haitian analysts point out the differences between events like the earthquake and disasters, resulting from what scholars call “vulnerability.”Read more
“Be humble. Sing loudly. Live for today. Call an old friend. Give hugs. Be curious. Take a chance. Hold hands. Make a new friend. Push fear aside. Take pictures. Smell the flowers. Don’t stop. Smile at a stranger. Embrace. Choose happiness.”
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Lectionary Text: John 3: 1-17
Prayers for Haiti:
Generous God, we are humbled by the gift of your love which knows no limit. It is in that love – in your Son Jesus Christ – that we have the promise of eternal life in your peaceable kingdom.
We believe your desire is for your people to have peace on earth as well and it is for that reason we lift up to you the nation of Haiti. Please hear our prayers for her overall well-being; for her people to be able to vote safely in this year’s national elections; for her citizens to feel secure in their homes, businesses, and schools; and for possibilities to grow into realities for the people of this Caribbean country. We remember, too, the leaders of our partner CONASPEH who ask for wisdom as they manage limited resources and attempt to serve as many students as possible; who seek a clear understanding of your vision; and who embody courage as they move forward despite daily challenges.
Generous God, we are humbled by the gift of your love which knows no limit. It is in that love – in your Son Jesus Christ – that we find rest and hope.
In Christ, Amen.
“Once our eyes are open, we cannot pretend we do not know what to do.” - Proverbs 24: 12
As we write, the sun is shining and an honest-to-goodness breeze is causing the palm trees to sway. It is rather quiet now and we hear only the occasional bark of a dog or the crowing of a rooster in our part of Port-au-Prince. The toddlers at the next door crèche are down for their afternoon nap, but in another two hours or so they will be awake and once again the neighborhood will resound with their laughter and their screams; yes, they have found their “big” voices.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 25:31-46
Prayers for Haiti:
Oh great God,
On this day, especially as we look toward our Thursday of Thanksgiving, we want to give you thanks for the work of our Haitian partners in CONASPEH and House of Hope. We give you thanks for their steadfast work and for their service with the Haitian people. We know that it is your work. We know that it is important work.
God, today we pray that Haitians may find access to education, regardless of social status. We pray that Haitian children may be respected and cared for. We pray that the Church in Haiti may find strength and unity. We pray for peace in the coming elections and for protection over your servants. And we pray that your good work may continue within CONASPEH and House of Hope; that they will continue to serve your children with courage, faith, and an abundance of love.
In your holy name we pray, Amen.
Mission Stewardship Moment from Haiti: “Halleluia Seigneur"
On the last day of English class, the first year nursing students created a list of all the things we had studied over the year. It started with things like colors, numbers, and greetings and continued with things like conjunctions, fruits/vegetables, and medical terms. Once we were done with the list they sat back and were amazed at all they had learned over the year. It was a powerful moment of realizing just how much they had grown in learning the language.
To capture the moment, I asked the women to stand in front of their list for a picture. As they assembled in front of the chalkboard, I was struck by all the promise on their faces and I found myself feeling a renewed appreciation for their courage and strength as they continue to fight for their education. Getting an education in Haiti is not easy and I know that these women and their families have worked hard for them to be where they are today.
Although our partner, CONASPEH, does many things with and for the Haitian people, today I give special thanks for their focus on education. Education empowers individuals, families, and communities and I am grateful for CONASPEH’s continued passion for providing access to quality education for the Haitian people.
(Prayer and Mission Moment by Beth Guy)
Mission Partners in Haiti:
- Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti
- Christian Center Integral Development (Sant Kretyen pou Devlopman Entegre (SKDE))
- CONASPEH -National Spiritual Council of Haitian Churches
- Ecumenical Committee for Peace and Justice
- Hospice St. Joseph
- Service Chretien D'Haiti
- Teachers Helping Teachers (Pwof Ansanm)
More information on Haiti:
Beth Guy is a Global Mission Intern serving as a Global Mission Intern with the Reformed Protestant Church of Guadeloupe. She previously worked with the National Spiritual Council of Churches of Haiti (CONASPEH).
Two days he stood outside of our gate, refusing to come in. His class called for him, his teacher begged for him to cross the threshold; even I tried going out to talk to him. But stubbornly he refused. Finally his teacher sent him a letter telling him she missed him and wanted him to come back. The next morning he entered the office slightly embarrassed as he hung his head and told me nobody in his house was willing to wash his uniform for him. In fact they had taken it and somebody else was wearing it. I told him, as always, that we accept even those dirty-clothed kids. “We care more about what is in your head than what is on your body.” He shyly walked into his class and they welcomed him.Read more