Haiti 🇭🇹, je me souviens!
Whenever I visit Haiti, I’m always disturbed or distracted by five cultural realities:
1. the constant struggle of poor families to survive & see another day;
2. mass healthcare dysfunctionality in the country’s countryside;
3. the constant cry of the Haitian people to find shalom, dignity, & work;
4. the longing of the country’s younger population (i.e. the young people, the millennial generation) to achieve their dreams and life goals; and
5. the hope of Haiti’s high school students to make it to the nation’s few and government-funded universities, and correspondingly, the struggle of Haiti’s university students to finish their academic year without any social unrest or political interruption, as well as their struggle to survive economically and financially in the university environment.
On the other hand, in my regular visits to 🇭🇹 Haiti, I’m also encouraged by five cultural realities:
1. the spirituality (their hunger & thirst for the Gospel, and their longing for God’s righteousness to be made evident in their lives) of the Haitian people and their openness to Christianity;
2. their courage to say no to life defeats, oppression, and political assault and injustice;
3. their struggle for social justice, political stability, and holistic righteousness in a corrupt and politically-bankrupt nation-state;
4. the disturbing face of poverty, misery, and suffering, which the Haitian people abhor;
5. and the encouraging spirit & hospitality of the Haitian people.