I say, “ME TOO!~”
Anyway we are watching the news now; Sherry turned it on to see what was happening in Haiti. IT is terrible and the place is so poor to start with.
I remember Haiti under Papa Doc, François Duvalier, MD. He was a terribly hard dictator, it is said he had his ‘guards’ kill up to 30,000 Haitians.
Baby Doc Duvalier was also the Dictator until forced out. We visited Haiti a couple times during Baby Doc’s rule.
Sherry and I bummed a ride over there once on the USS Gilmore. We anchored in Port as Prince Harbor and went ashore. Once we caught a ride on an Embassy Flight and went to see Missionaries from Florida. Garland Mann and his family, they were very Gracious. Before visiting the Missionaries we called and asked was there anything they would like for us to bring. The asked for country ham. WE could not find any, but bought the largest ham we could find to take.
WE visited a Baptist Missionary group also. (Then to one of my favorites, the Rum factory, but don’t tell anyone, no! the missionaries didn’t take us!!!).
One of my favorite people of all time is a man most folks wouldn’t know, Dr. Charles Conn. He was a dedicated Christian and a prince of a man. He has a son Ray and his wife Joan who work with the restavek children. The term is French and means to ‘stay with’. For years families have given their children to ‘someone’ so they would have a better life. The children were sold into slavery by and large. This group seeks out and rescues children in slavery. It is run by a man who was one of these slaves. I just read an entry, which Ray sent via satellite to his BIL.
“Joan would have been in the Hotel Montana, but I urged her to come on over to another port where I was working that evening. If she had not have left, she may not be with us. Thank God for that. We are trying to locate some of the children we were working with, this is devastating.”
The Montana is a hotel, it was completely destroyed along with more than 200 there. If you pray, I know you are mentioning those unfortunate souls.
http://www.restavekfreedom.org/ for more on the children in slavery.