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Chris Strayer in Haiti

March 28th, 2009

I am sitting in my hotel room writing you after having a rather incredible day. In the past 10 hours I have seen some amazing sights… not amazing like a shooting star or like the way the Lord blessed Evie with her health issue’s a little more than a year ago…. but more like a reality check – amazing. I would have to say it was within an hour or so of arriving I was feeling emotionally overwhelmed to the point that I could have cried. I truly have seen the poorest of the poor… I have seen the lines and the masses of people waiting for their daily ration of food…. the line that starts around 4am and is the only food alot of these people get each day… I have been in the 8′ x 10′ single room, cement house where 7 people somehow manage to live and sleep.

And just when I thought I had seen it all… well, I had not. We visited Cite Soleil here in Haiti. The area is generally regarded as one of poorest, roughest, and most dangerous areas of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. There is little police presence, no sewers, no stores, and little to no electricity. There are pigs and dogs eating out of the what looks like a river but is filled with trash and raw sewage… there is trash everywhere and the house or shanty’s are made out of metal sheeting and whatever else people can find.

I am really not sure what else to say for now. I thank you all for your prayers as I traveled down and appreciate your continued prayers.


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