Violent protests against President Jovenel Moïse continues in the capital and other cities in the Caribbean nation. The sustained unrest is the public anger over the Moïse aministration and, more broadly, the Haitian government over economic malaise and rampant corruption.
Protesters, who have demanded Mr. Moïse’s ouster, have blocked roads with burning tires, metal fencing and cinder blocks, paralyzing transportation in the capital, forcing the closing of businesses, government offices and schools, and causing shortages of food and fuel. Clashes between demonstrators and the police have left several people dead and spread fear throughout the population.
In the midst of this chaos, we have Cumberland Presbyterians who are experiencing this unrest. Reverend Pat Driskell had planned a large mission trip and had to cancel due to the many warnings of travel. He writes on Facebook, “We are not asked to save Haiti from its dilemma. But we have dear sisters and brothers in six small church families that we can help feed.”
Please join with others as we pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
God of Freedom and Salvation,
We pray to you today for our brothers and sisters of Haiti as they suffer from the inability to take care of their basic needs of food, water and fuel. They fear for their families and their safety. Help them, God of peace, as they suffer from civil unrest, insecurity, and fear of the unknown. Help them to rely on you as their source of strength. Amen.
To contribute to the Haiti Humanitarian Relief Fund by check, make checks payable to Missions Ministry Team, 8207 Traditional Place, Cordova, TN 38016.7414 – mark on the memo line “Haiti Humanitarian Relief”.
Photo courtesy of Pat Driskell.