Friday, December 2, 2016

Visit to flooded Blue Hills/Cap. Haitian

Wednesday Cory and I attempted a trip to the Cap Haitian area to see the flooding damage but only 15 minutes or so down the road folks flagged us down to let us know that there was a truck stuck on a hill ahead blocking the road, so we returned home.

Thursday morning we tried again. The trip took twice as long as normal pre-flooding travel. We drove to the Blue Hill's Wesleyan church.

Pastor Alfonse arranged for a couple of the men of the church to show us around the area and visit some of the homes of church members.

He also shared about what a great evangelistic opportunity the flood turned out to be, with the school's second floor being packed with neighborhood people, both church attenders and others.

He also explained that with so many folks loosing their household goods, including clothes, he was able to be an example and wear 'water-shoes' instead of dress shoes.

Many of the poor in Haiti feel that one needs to be dressed up to go to church and now is a good time for the church folks to be examples and accept people with any level of dress into church and share God's unprejudiced, unconditional love.

Over 100 of the people ministered to by the church during the flooding are now attending the church on Sundays and calling it 'my church'.

Lots of standing water and mud everywhere with some people still unable to return to their homes, but thankfully no church members lost their lives.

A river runs through the area and the owners of the small boats saved many lives.

One interesting thing we saw was small clusters of pink eggs that the guys with us didn't know about...after a bit of research we think maybe they are apple snail eggs.

Thankful to see that most of the main roads in Cap Haitian are cleaned up and functioning 'normally' but hear that many side streets remain clogged and because the work is done during the day when people are trying to move about the clean up is slow and frustrating, causing even more than the normal traffic jams.
Mud and trash from the streets put by the sea.
 After a long day we did not want to see the line of bigger trucks parked by a crowd of people waking down the road. Thankfully our smaller truck could just squeeze by on the left of the stuck trucks so we could get home just before dark.

1 comment:

Bruce said...

How come you guys don't get stuck? Are you just that good at drivering?