It has been wonderful see people and treat them at the temporary clinic in Chabin. There are wonderful people here and they are more than welcoming to us. Even though this is only our second year, I think our relationships with the Lifeline Haiti, Kids Against Hunger and Pastors Placide and Christian have already done the work to open the people’s hearts to us.
But there is so much still to do. Even as we work together to make a difference on the foothills surrounding Jacmel, we know there are also mountains there. There is the hard work we see, and the difference we can make in Chabin, but there is always another mountain of troubles beyond this place. “The poor are always with us”, according to Jesus, and they are. When we have time, or energy, or resources, at any moment, there will always be a need that could be met, a pain that could be softened, a belly that can be filled. We just need to keep our eyes open to their needs.
There will still also be a way to grab a piece of joy, even in a harsh place. When waiting for the rains means you wait for the crops, there can be sadness or fear, but at least for this little girl, it makes a better place for running. I hope that all the people still waiting for help, can find joy in some moments. And I am always praying that help will get there.