From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

My Friends In Haiti

Way back in the mid 80’s I went on a mission trip to Haiti. Plenty of stories to tell there! At the time one of my church members, Neil Van Dine, went with us, and wound up staying there. Originally involved in drilling wells, Neil eventually helped found a local Haitian help organization in 1997 – Haiti Outreach. I’ve stayed in touch with Neil’s mom and dad over the years, and found that he’s posting a few things on his Facebook page about the situation in Haiti following the earthquake. When I was there 25 years ago it was like going back in time to the 19th century. I can hardly imagine what it’s like now. One thing seems to have not changed – chaos hovering just beneath the surface.

If you’d care to read Neil’s postings on Facebook, it’s here.

The link to Haiti Outreach is here – if you’d like to donate funds directly to them, you can do that on this page.

Haiti is the poorest nation in this hemisphere, though at the time of it’s revolution (1804) it exported more goods than the US did. It’s a very sad history of one corrupt government after another. From 1915 to 1934 the US occupied Haiti and made some improvements but the country eventually slid back into cultural chaos. My heart aches for her.

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