Wonderfully Lost in Haiti
Start: Dec 19, 2018 - End: Feb 26, 2019
Alison has lived in Haiti for almost 3 years now working full time managing the adoptions of 25-30 children at a non-profit. She has primarily used a motorcycle (don’t worry, she hires a trusted driver!!) to get around the country. Each morning she has to call the driver to come to her house and pick her up. Depending on the day sometimes he arrives within minutes and sometimes it can take 30+ minutes (meaning arriving at work at a set time can be challenging). Johnny is at the University full time studying economics and business management. Having lived here his whole life, he uses public transportation to get around. It takes him about 1-2 hours (sometimes 3+) to get to school – which is about 11 miles from their house and then about the same to get home. He must take two buses and sometimes a motorcycle to get there and then home. Johnny is also one of the pastors of the church in Kenscoff that they attend together. Johnny is limited on the roles he can take on as a pastor due to the lack of reliable transportation. A car would allow him to better reach the people of the church in their communities. Johnny and Alison hear every single day about lethal crashes between cars and motorcycles and big buses with one another. Thankfully God has protected them from any crashes to this date, but they do feel a little like the odds are stacked against them. On top of all of this, Haiti has recently made the news with all it’s political instability. July 6th and 7th were some of the worst of them all. They got stranded in Kenscoff and were forced to walk from Kenscoff to Thomassin, through burning road blocks and rocks being thrown to avoid the gunfire happening on the other road. In November, the country shut down for almost a week due to riots and protests. They are becoming more and more aware that riding around on motorcycles and public transportation is not only unsafe but also very impractical in unstable times like these. Being able to purchase a car will ensure their safety. Unfortunately, in a basically one-household income plus saving for rent next year, we do not have the extra funds to be able to purchase a car. Here are a few examples of what having a car would allow them both to do within the ministry that they have in Haiti. First, understanding that compassion fatigue is a very real thing and when you are around such immense amounts of hurting, compassion fatigue sets in quickly. Due to this fatigue, there is a need to regroup as a couple. Currently, their favorite ways to “treat” themselves and get away to focus on each other consists of a nice dinner out in Port-au-Prince or a night at the beach. The lack of transportation has begun to take a toll on their work with people that they are ministering too and on their marriage. A car would allows them to take time for themselves so that they can SERVE MORE EFFECTIVELY. Secondly, there is also a small group affiliated with a church in Port-au-Prince that they have been invited to join. It’s half a dozen or so Haitian-American couples that are dating or married who discuss some of the cultural difference/challenges. Johnny and Alison both feel like this would be such a wonderful thing for their marriage, but they simply cannot participate due to the distance and lack of safety taking a motorcycle there in the dark. A car would allow them to participate in this and better their marriage… creating a healthier way to serve those in their community and ministries. These are just a few examples of how having a car would change how they do what they do: LOVE ON THE PEOPLE OF HAITI!