Plants have enemies. Most of them are microscopic. Bacteria. Virus. Some are tiny bugs. But one of a plant or garden is a cow.
WEC planted green peppers in his garden early this year (after digging a well and setting up a way to irrigate). Pictures are on the picture page of this website. Last week the peppers began reaching maturity. A first set of peppers was sold at market...for $400 H. Then a bigger second harvest happened. Last night, five cows entered the garden. My details are sketchy so far, but the cows are apparently in 'jail'. That means the local authority will hold the animal until the owner pays an amount of money equal to the damage the animal did. The problem with that, is that the cow owner won't have the money or want to pay it. Things like this often end in fractured relations.
Haiti is tough. You work hard. You invest. You see hope. You begin to make progress. Then it all washes away in one big blink of an eye.
WEC will gather the remaining crop and make the best of it, and he'll have a story to tell when he is old. Little by little, he will get better at what he does. Pray for people all over the planet who are working the land in order to put food on the table...yours and mine!
Missionary in Haiti.