I Made It to Haiti!

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I Made It to Haiti!

Post by Tayi » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:52 pm

Hello friends!

I just wanted to touch base quickly to let you know that I made it back to Ayiti Cheri. I was able to see with my own eyes our dear motherland. I flew to Santo Domingo and took a taxi (6 hour drive to the border). From the border my brother and cousin picked up my group and drove us to Duverger, third section of Miragoane. It was so difficult to see some of the destruction in PAP (though it was dark when we went through). But it was so good to see my family and the other refugees on our site. There was still joy and hope in their hearts! On my way back, it was daytime, and I was able to see the unbelievable destruction in Leogane and PAP!

The hard part for me was lack of time. It was a very short trip, too short. I was in meetings and doing translations for our team, etc. I wanted to take much time to sit with every member of the refugees and the family. I wanted to be with my little cousins to comfort them after the death of their sister. I wanted to just walk through PAP and reflect, cry, pray, and be with my people.

I cannot wait to go back so I can do all the things I wanted to so but could not due to the short time I had for the trip.

One thing I noticed (not I alone, but also some of the foreigners with me) was the Haitian people are able to bounce right back up from the greatest destruction they have experienced. I am amazed and proud.

There is much more to say, and I will do that in my reflections over the next couple days...this was just to let you know that I went and came back. Thanks for the prayers. Love you all.

Tayi

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One Month Later

Post by Tayi » Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:54 pm

One month later…

Who could not be moved by the sight of the thousands of Haitians dancing, jumping, waving their hands and praising God this day on the one-month anniversary of the disastrous quake that happened on January 12! What a beautiful sight! What hope! What resilience! Yes they were also mourning because they are in touch with reality, but they rejoiced in something greater than they and their problems. Let me assure you that this manifestation of spiritual explosion is NOT a temporary reaction to material aid, as one newscaster seemed to imply. We must remember that the electrifying faith that we saw today was at the heart of the Haitian people for a long time before the quake, but what made today so special is that they were able to rise and stare straight into the eyes of disaster and said “you cannot keep me down forever, I will stand and praise!” And so they did. They praised because their hope is Christ! They have known that despite their lack of material wealth, Christ is the greatest treasure they have always had, and Him they have not lost and cannot lose for they have chosen the better part. I experienced similar emotions on my trip—which reminds me to thank all of you, who were so sympathetic to my efforts of trying to get back home. By God's grace, I made it!

My Trip
My trip to Haiti was on February 1-4. I went with Sean, Sam, and Uncle John, fellow missionaries (Sean is the president of MWTS Mission Haiti) with the goal of bringing supplies to our team in Miragwàn so they could better serve the refugees on our site. We went also to be with the people we love so much and to let them know that we love them and have not forgotten about them. Because there were no commercial flights to Haiti, we had to fly to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and then we took a taxi to the border—a six-hour drive—where we met up with my brother Manno, my cousin Djo, and three amazing police officers that were providing security. We were successful in delivering everything we brought to our team, but that's not the whole story.

Pain and Frustration
Because of logistical difficulties, I had to drive one of the vehicles, on 45 minutes of sleep, through Port-au-Prince to the village. It was night. As I went through the capital, it was really emotionally tough to see some collapsed houses and yet not be able to stop and reflect at the reality of it all. Also, because I was driving I had to keep my eyes on the road. What hit me the hardest were the people sleeping in the middle of the streets, literally. On Bisantnè, a main road in the city, I was wondering why my brother put on his left turning signal going into the other direction. Then I realized that there was debris serving as a roadblock for people sleeping right on the road! They didn't even have tents. They were exposed to the weather and even to unsuspecting cars. I was moved. Then, on a strip, toward Kafou, called “Sou Ray” I saw a line of tents right on the median of a very dusty road! That was home for many. Again, that broke my heart.

It was also difficult not being able to spend much time with each one of my family members and fellow missionaries who were already in Haiti. I also wanted to spend much more time in Port-au-Prince with the thousands living in tents. I wanted to be there just to be present to them, crying with them, praying with them, praising at insane hours of the night with them, etc.

Lastly, I came to learn of more frustrating situations from one of the police guards. He was telling us how the aid was being distributed inefficiently and unfairly, leaving many needy families still hungry and homeless. He had great ideas, which he had shared with the proper officials, but no one listened. He also pointed out to me several collapsed building which STILL buried people even as of Feb. 4th, more than three weeks after the quake. But again the rescue workers have not even made their way there and probably never will. It made me wonder why no attention was given to so many places whereas tons of people kept at it at the Montana hotel. Something is not clicking here.

Joy and Hope
Despite the pain and frustration, my trip still gave me some joy and hope. Joy, because I was able to see and hug my family and friends. Joy, because the laughter of the many children on our site was contagious. Joy, because in the face of devastation my people were still smiling. Hope, because of Christ in them and Christ in me. Hope, because I truly believe we can move forward. Hope, because we are a chosen people, chosen by God to do a mission, to be a leader in the world. Yes, nothing less. We are His people and He is our God.

What Will You Do?
It has only been a month since the quake and already much of the world is already turning its eyes away from Haiti. Will you too turn away? Or will you commit, giving of yourself as much and as often as you can, to see her rise, claiming her place as the pearl of the islands?

You can help here: http://mwts.org/missionhaiti/Home/Home.html

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Post by Guysanto » Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:59 am

Thanks, Tayi!

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Post by Guysanto » Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:42 am

Great sharing, Tayi! A little heavy on Christ, but what else could I expect? I am thankful that you thought of sharing your thoughts and experiences with us on Ann Pale and Windows on Haiti. Now, if I could have ten brothers like you...

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Post by Tayi » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:13 pm

As I have noted numerous times before, it is I who am honored by your brotherhood and "mentorhood", Guy.

I knew it would be a bit heavy on Christ for the audience of AnnPale and WOH as I copied directly from my blog (I forgot to mention that in the post. Can one self-plagiarize?) : louishaiti.blogspot.com but I knew we could handle it here :-)

Thanks for posting it on Facebook.

Tayi

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Post by Shelony » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:52 pm

Tayi,
Thanks for sharing your experience and emotions with us. I hope that soon you will get to go back and get a chance to talk to, hug, and comfort those people you wish you spent more time with.

Shelony

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Post by Tayi » Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:13 pm

Thanks Kathy! Glad you can take it :-)

I came back to Haiti Mid March and am still here. May be coming home next week, God willing, when I can hare about this trip.

Kenbe la fanmi mwen yo!
Ayiti bezwen nou ANPIL. Li pap leve kanpe san nou.

Tayi

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