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A not-so ‘in-tents’ experience in Haiti

A student from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., plays with youngsters at Son Light Children’s Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo by Erik Tryggestad)

Blogging live from Port-au-Prince, Haiti
It’s 81 degrees and there’s a cool breeze here in Haiti’s capital. Not bad for January.
I’m back nearly a year after my first visit here in February 2010. I am covering Churches of Christ and their ministries as the one-year anniversary of the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake approaches.
Right now I’m sitting on the veranda of a nice hotel full of aid workers and folks with non-governmental organizations.
Across the street, there’s a tent city. I visited there just a few minutes ago.
It’s hard not to feel guilty.
I stayed in a tent for a couple of nights during my last visit. Several church members set up a small camp on the property of Son Light Children’s Home, a church-sponsored ministry. I visited the home yesterday and got an update from Roberta Edwards, the American-born church member who has dedicated her life to children in this impoverished nation.
The wall that collapsed during the earthquake, killing Nicky, one of the children, is rebuilt. Aid continues to flow from the children’s home to Churches of Christ in the area.
I talked to several ministers who told me that they have seen increased interest in Christianity — and numerous baptisms — in the past year. People are coming for the food aid and staying for the Gospel, one minister told me.
I’m also learning about the destructive power of the dollar in Haiti. Problems of dependence and control have arisen. I have experienced moments of encouragement and discouragement as I have heard about what has happened here since the quake.
I was blessed to see Larry Waymire again. He’s a longtime missionary to the Caribbean who led a team of students from Freed-Hardeman University on a Christmas break mission trip here. The students conducted a Vacation Bible School for the kids at Son Light and painted the facility in their spare time.
My gracious host is Harry Hames, Haiti coordinator for Healing Hands International. Today I got to see a Healing Hands well-drilling machine in action in a rural village. Cholera remains a big problem here, so a lot of church members are doing what they can to create sources of clean drinking water.

A house under construction in the Haitian countryside near Port-au-Prince (photo by Erik Tryggestad)

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    January, 12 2011

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