Kris: Please be praying for Haiti as we hear rice prices have doubled in the last 2 days after 7 days of protesting, Haiti is in an economic state of emergency. Will try to get an update out soon.
We are Pat and Jodi Byers from Michigan. We have been truly blessed to be in Haiti with Kris, Cory and Fritz.
You have no idea how remote they are until you come here. After leaving Port packed in their 4X4 we traveled up and down the mountain to an elevation of about 4,400 ft and 2 1/2 hours for only 16 miles on the road, more like a trail, no it is more like a rocky a two track that is nick named “mountain massage” ( I am sure you can imagine how bad he road is, if it takes 2 1/2 hours to travel 16 miles) you will finally arrive to their home. The view is stunning. You truly have your head in the clouds.
We have helped Cory with his plants by building a shaded hut for them. Cory has a mountain of a task ahead of him. Cory is not only re-populating new plants to the area, he is educating the locals to a plan for tomorrow and respecting the land and crops. Cory is introducing plants that will be more productive in this area to help them thrive. Both Cory and Kris are showing and educating the locals of God’s plan of respecting and using the land for your survival and growth.
We also are helping finish their house to make it a little more like home. You have to remember that if you forget something you can’t just run to Home Depot to get what you need. We work with what we have.
Corey has an awesome solar power system so they can have power. They also gather rain and dew off their roof for water, since they basically are living on a rock.
We have kept busy since we have been here, our days go by quite quickly. We are exhausted and in bed by 9:00 every night and sometimes fighting to stay awake until then. We spend time sharing things we are thankful for every night and have a great time of prayer before Fritz goes to bed.
There are many photo opportunities up here so Jodi is very happy snapping away. Kris and Cory have been so gracious to open up their home to us, It must be so hard to have us all move in and mess up their system and their home.
We were able to spend our last Sunday at church at the Agape house that houses children from age 5 to age 16. We could not understand anything they were saying, but could feel God’s presence on the porch we were worshipping on. We could see Him on the kid’s faces, in their voices and feel Him close to us. Carol read a book on St Valentine’s Day and Kris retold it in Creole. After we did craft of a wooden crosses with a heart and colored pencils, they did a great job decorating them. We are going back tomorrow to give them a Valentine’s day party, we are looking forward to that.
We are incredibly blessed to be spending time in this gorgeous place. Want to leave you with words to ponder today from a quote on their refrigerator “Think deeply, Act justly, Live whole heartedly as God’s agents of renewal.” God is good all the time Blessings to you all