Mission Report: Port au Prince, Haiti – September 2019
Thank you to the churches and individuals who contributed toward the mission trip to Haiti. Your financial generosity, humanitarian aid, and prayerful support was much needed and appreciated. As Apostle Paul states in II Corinthians 8:20-21, “We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of men.” We truly appreciate the confidence and trust you put in us in carrying these gifts.
Upon our arrival in Haiti, we were met with great opposition. The civil unrest over fuel shortage had escalated to a higher threat level. As we exited the airport, we saw smoke billowing in the distance. Our host, Pastor Gregrory Georges, informed us this was due to the uprising from residents protesting in the streets burning tires and blocking main roads.
We could not make it to our assigned hotel overnight, so Pastor Georges very quickly diverted us to another hotel. God Almighty blessed us to arrive safely. After settling in, Pastor Georges and his assistant, Benissoit Gue, began to explain the political unrest in the city and the fallout from the fuel shortages such as schools closed, business and government buildings closed, people afraid to leave their homes, major roads blocked, and random shooting and killings on the streets and at the gas stations. We were informed by the American Embassy to shelter in place and stay off the streets until the political unrest had subsided which they were uncertain how long this would be.
Still we preserved in morning and evening prayers within our group of 11 people from four difference states. We strategize on how to get the humanitarian aid to the orphanage and hospital and purchase food for the orphanage and homeless. After several days and prayerful consideration, we left all the relief items in the hands of the pastors as well as finances to purchase food. Since our return, Pastor Georges has informed us all humanitarian aid which included 12 suitcases has gotten through and food for the orphanage will be purchased as promised with pictures to follow.
We have been invited back to Grand Goave, Haiti in April 2020 to continue working with the orphanage and homeless. We will see what God has in store! We thank God for a new experience that we have never encountered like this—to God be the glory.
Bob E. Smith, Sr.
Jo Ann W. Smith
See Haitian pics below.
Haitian Contact: Rev. Gregory Georges, Pastor
Servants of All Ministries (Churches, Orphanage and School)
701 Route Nationale #2
Grand Goave, Haiti