Update from Missionary to Haiti, Rev. Terry Schultz
Last Wednesday (October 17, 2018) tens of thousands of Haitians took to the streets in nearly every major city in protests against the government. The protesters were demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moises over the misuse of a multi-billion dollar relief fund, which they say he so far refuses to investigate. The demonstrators also demanded the arrest and trial of the former first lady of Haiti over missing funds.
Our schools were closed, as it was safer for the children to stay home than to be on the streets going to and from school. Public transportation was suspended. None of our children or families of our school children reported any injuries, praise the Lord!
Others in Haiti we not so fortunate, as two persons died in the demonstrations and scores were injured.
National Haitian Police fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas, while demonstrators responded with rocks, bottles, and barricades of burning tires. In Pastor Rona’s hometown of Cape Haitian a government office was burned.
In a country that has seen so much natural disaster and civil strife, we pray for healing in the nation of Haiti. In the midst of turmoil we finds strength and peace in God’s words to us through the prophet Isaiah: Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you (Isaiah 54:10).
Branch Lutheran Schools of Haiti, Inc.