Years ago, Water For Life introduced street lights to our little community. There were about four of them in town. They only lit up when WFL ran its big generator. It felt like a step forward.
Water For Life’s programs changed pretty regularly over the years. The street light project was not maintained, and only the poles remain.
Many people who were born in Pasbwadòm and the surrounding area are now living in France, America, Brazil, Chile, and other places. They put their resources together recently and created a project to provide streetlights throughout our community and neighboring communities. It took some time. The poles and lights are being installed little by little. They are solar powered, and they will dim when there is no action underneath them. When something moves, the do brighten the corner where they are planted.
I love the new lights. It really changes a community when light arrives. It make this community cozier somehow…more attractive as well. Lives are better for it. There is more safety.
In the 1990’s, I would walk to evening services at the local Baptist church. On the way home, we would see only candles and kerosene lamps in the houses we passed. No light bulbs…incandescent or fluorescent. Now, in 2021, many homes have a tiny solar panel, battery, and lights, or even a generator.
There are things that change the way you live. Water changes your life. It is fundamental. Pasbwadòm is certainly proof of that. Light changes your life as well.
It is no surprise that Jesus used water and light to help us understand who He is. He is Living Water. He is the Light of the world. I am able to appreciate that more than ever. I will continue to brighten this little corner with the Light of Jesus Christ.
Missionary in Haiti.