Stephen Ward is one of our deacons and leaves on Thursday for a week in Haiti. Please keep Stephen in prayer (and also his family, Blair, Elias, and Grace, who are staying in Richmond). Here is a note from Stephen:
The people of Haiti are just like you and me. They work, study, strive, and hope. They have pride in their accomplishments and sadness in their defeats. They do everything that we do... only without many of the conveniences, public services, and infrastructure that we enjoy in the United States. Public education is virtually lacking, most communities do not have running water or sewer systems, and electricity is intermittent or non existent. In all of these hardships and obstacles, I see the people continue forward with joy, faith, hope, and love, appreciative of every blessing and helping each other carry on.
I have been involved with the Patricia Sullivan Haitian Outreach Foundation since 2008 and have served on the board of directors in various capacities. We have constructed 5 schools (each serving approximately 300 students k-6), a reverse-osmosis water purification facility to provide several communities with clean drinking water, and a church expansion. The foundation has also led numerous medical missions and community outreach missions. Through our relationships with our many friends and partners in Haiti, we have been able to provide many people with jobs and opportunities, and have provided education to thousands of children.
I have a deep love for the people of Haiti and every trip is filled with a strange and wonderful mix of humbling, heartbreaking, joyous, uncomfortable, humiliating, miraculous, awe-inspiring, life changing experiences. Haiti is a place that breaks your heart then makes you fall in love.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.