Tropical storm Isaac came and went...as storms always do. We saw some strong winds on Friday evening, then a clam night, and then a weekend of rain.
I remember learning that our town is located at 18 degrees N and 73 degrees W. The National Hurricane Service lists the location of Isaac on Friday night @ 11:00 pm as: 17.7N and 72.5W. So it pretty much went right over us. By God's grace Isaac was unorganized and weak at that point. I noticed a couple of trees down in our area before I left. Hadn't heard of any real threat to life. Gardens were surely destroyed, banana trees and such.
I flew home on Tuesday as scheduled and am back home in PA now. It's great to be in the USA.
I met a man on the plane out of Haiti. He's doing work in the Jeremi area with young people. He's Haitian, but left Haiti as a teenager. What an inspiring man! I believe that Haitians like himself are the people best qualified to lift Haitians out of their situation. He's convinced that charity weakens people in many situations. I am too. He brings the kids a message of performance: Don't expect someone to do for you...Get up and be your best. It's simple. But so many Haitians live with the hope that someone will visit them with gifts to make their life better. And they wait, and they wait. They live their lives waiting. Meanwhile, I believe God waits on them to serve Him, grow in Him, and
Missionary in Haiti.