Imagine this for a minute…
Imagine having no city water or sewer, but you do have an electric-powered well and a septic tank. You can’t drink the water because it is dangerously polluted, so you use it for bathing and order your drinking water delivered.
You have no dependable city power, but you do have a generator and some solar panels for partial power.
You teach in an old-fashioned one-room school for preschool through grade five. Life is difficult but rewarding.
Then the world goes berserk.
Gangs go to war against each other. They aren’t zombies, but they are evil. It’s no longer safe outside of your walled property. There is no more gas, so you can’t get around by driving with windows up and doors locked. Walking is a sure ticket to being kidnapped or killed. The city is weirdly silent with no traffic, no generators, and businesses boarded up. The water company closes as they can’t make deliveries. Your generator is out of gas, so the dirty well is also dead.
You smell. You are thirsty. You are stuck.
What will you drink? How will you eat? How can any children come to school?
What do you do?
Welcome to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I’ve spent a lot of time there over the last 15 years, but never in circumstances like today. But, if you like living off the grid and like kids, I bet our friends at Maranatha Children’s Home have some openings. If you don’t want to go, can you pray for them?
Here are the most recent requests from our friends at Maranatha Children’s home.
Will you please be praying for us as we look for God’s help to overcome the following challenges?
- Safety for all of our staff, including our US staff in Haiti. As one of our students said…..people with your color of skin are being stolen right now. It seems everybody is at risk of being a target.
- The safe return of the 18 people, including 16 US citizens, 1 Canadian, and 1 Haitian, who were kidnapped last month.
- The gangs will permit the fuel trucks to deliver fuel to the gas stations. Culligan water company has closed, and many of the businesses are only days from closing. They do not have electricity and are unable to obtain fuel to run their generators.
- Our weather will include lots of sunshine. Our solar panels are our main source of power right now, and they don’t provide much power on cloudy days.
- We will be sensitive and obedient to God’s direction as it pertains to our US staff remaining in Haiti.
- Wisdom and safety as we locate food to feed the children at school, the children’s home, and the orphanages.
- We will be able to keep the school open and functioning.
Thanks for your prayers.