Update on Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
For those of you who follow us on Instagram you’ve seen that Croix des Bouquets was very fortunate when Hurricane Matthew came through. Extremely fortunate. Our children and the staff were safe, no lives were lost. They said it was heavy winds and lots of rain but we received some very sweet pictures of the kids with their big, beautiful smiles as always.
One area that was not so fortunate is a place called Jeremie. Our Pastor Joseph was able to go last week and deliver items to these people. He has taken things like rice, bread, sardines, water and clothing.
More than $2000 was raised and sent down for relief efforts. We are so thankful to those who donated and stepped out in faith to contribute to this great need. It’s amazing to think of how much goodness has been able to be accomplished because of those who so selflessly contributed to this need. We are so blessed to have Joseph and his wife Yanique because when there is a need, they see to it that it gets done. I’ve not ever seen anything like their servanthood, to be able to witness their love is life changing and reminds me to put others first. A reminder I need often. It’s easy to get carried away with other things in life that really don’t matter.
Joseph is taking a second trip into Jeremie today. He is loading up 2 more trucks and delivering more items to the people, he said they have nothing. We read these words “they have nothing,” and I think a natural response comes to most of us. We feel bad for them or we can’t imagine what they are going through, but how about go a little farther and stop what you are doing and think more deeply on that? Can you? They have nothing. Imagine today losing your home, your job, all your food washed away and you don’t know where your next meal is coming from. The clothes on your back are all that you have for who knows how long. I say imagine that but honestly I don’t think we can. It’s too hard. If we could truly imagine that, I think our hearts would physically ache for these people and these children. I’m thankful for those whose hearts ached enough for these people that they made a HUGE difference. $2000 in Haiti goes a very long way, it’s allowed 2 trips into Jeremie. It’s allowed hope. It’s allowed nourishment and I thank those from the bottom of my heart who were a part of that. It’s so much more than money. It’s about putting faith back into these people that they haven’t been forgotten about.