A huge earthquake in 2010 changed my life. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with the people of Haiti so much— but I did. Some of the best people I’ve ever met are in Haiti. But the country never seems to get a break.

CRF had a sponsorship program in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake hit. We did our best to bring relief through our director, Roberta Edwards. Unfortunately it wasn’t long after the earthquake that Roberta was murdered, and our Port au Prince program closed.

Vulnerable children who were orphaned or made destitute by the earthquake were sent north to Cap-Haitien in order to get a new start. Initially, it seemed like a good idea to me. However, the government didn’t have a plan. CRF had a small program in Cap-Haitien, so we decided to increase it to help all of these children who were arriving from the earthquake. We built new buildings, sponsored the kids, and created new educational programs.

Haiti is in trouble for a lot of reasons. Their government has been corrupt. Their president was recently assassinated. No one knows who is running the country. Their economy has tanked because of the mistreatment of the land. And educational opportunities are limited.

As I said, there are so many good people in Haiti—like Moise Toussaint. When we first arrived in Cap-Haitien our truck broke down. Moise stopped to fix it. He was our Good Samaritan. I had never met Moise before. Unbeknownst to me, Moise was our CRF director there. He had no idea who I was either. He was just helping someone in need.

But there were others who were not as nice as Moise. We had about a dozen trucks with food and medicine to deliver. Our supplies were stolen. Another group tried to stone me. The police took me in for stealing a vehicle. I didn’t steal a vehicle. It seemed like when I was in Haiti, I couldn’t get a break either. I noticed a man following me around everywhere I went. I was told that he was a voodoo priest cursing me. Bad religion is probably the worst thing going on in Haiti. As a result, we have planted churches. CRF’s biggest facility is going to be Place of Joy in Cap- Haitien. We just planted a church there. Satan worship was happening on this very site before we started the church. Place of Joy will be a great place of education and worship for these children who have had such a tough history. But we are having to build a wall around it right now to protect it from thieves. We just can’t get a break.

And then they had more earthquakes there a couple of months ago. We brought food, drilled water wells, and even helped rebuild houses. And if that weren’t enough, a fuel truck exploded near our program resulting in damage, injuries and deaths. Fortunately no one in our program was harmed.

And now Cap-Haitien has flooded this month. Houses are destroyed again. People have lost everything. Water has risen ten feet high in places. And these are our children that we are trying to protect and educate. We are housing those who have lost their homes in our Place of Joy and the Sovereign School compounds. But we need a break.

I think a lot of people have donor fatigue when it comes to helping in Haiti. But once again—Haiti needs a break.

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