It's a question I often get when I share picture and stories from Haiti. It is easy to list the problems and give detailed examples that are both amusing and touching.
It's easy also to envision little things that might help someone or some group for a certain amount of time.
Out in the country, we enjoy relative peace. The capital city is a combat zone most days. We have none of that. Our rural community by the ocean is calm and quiet. But, the unrest in the city does effect us. Everyone has relatives in Port-au-Prince. Supplies come from Port-au-Prince. Official documents and errands require a trip to that city. So, when that city is shut down, life is paralyzed in little ways no matter what part of the island you inhabit.
No real progress can take place until there is some amount of peace and stability in the capital city. Haiti hasn't even talked about elections since the assassination in July a couple of years ago.
Can yet another international intervention help ? Not likely. Would any other country be likely to intervene? Not likely at all. Would Haitians accept an international force? Probably not.
There seems to be no route forward. We wait and pray, I guess. We live as best we can with what we have been delt.
Imagine this situation being the situation of...not your friend...but of your nation and every single person you know well.
Haiti is akin to hopelessness.
Still, the light of the Gospel remains. We are only down here for a short time. For some of us, it is an easy period. For some, it is turmoil.
Either way, may we remember that eternity is coming. That...for many...is a source of hope.
Missionary in Haiti.