Haiti and the Effects of COVID-19

Allow me to start with an update regarding our family and friends: RoRo, Eline, JoJo, Grace, and the Peredo Community. So far, all are healthy and there are no reported cases of the virus in this area. As of two days ago, Haiti did report two positive cases of COVID-19 in the country, located in the Port-au-Prince area. Because of this, Haiti’s President ordered the following restrictions into place across the country: all churches, schools, universities and nonessential businesses are to be closed; the PAP airport and Cap-Haitien airports are closed for incoming and outgoing flights until further notice, and all residents are required to practice physical distancing by sheltering in place.

The mission partners we typically use to ship supplies into the country, including medical supplies and medication, have ceased services for the safety of their staff and due to the government’s restrictions. The trips we had scheduled from March through April have been postponed. Please pray for the health of the people of Haiti and our family and friends in the Peredo area.

We are holding tight to the faithfulness of God and His consistency in fulfilling His promises. Like everyone else, our priorities have slightly changed. As with the four members of our US team, RoRo and Eline, JoJo and Grace, our Haitian teachers, pastors and staff who we support financially, all have been asked to remain at home. The Peredo Community Hospital is taking the necessary steps to prepare as best they can for any cases they may see. Our goal is to continue to provide salaries for all those we support through the ministry without needing to tap into our restricted funds such as solar and construction throughout this time.

The US Team met yesterday to pray and give praise to God for we know He has a plan to bring good out of this situation! In remembering our God knew this day would come, we thanked Him for the reassurance that He already knows what will come. We pray, through these circumstances, God is glorified and His family grows!

Isaiah 58:10-11 tells us, …and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 

The entire HCO team urges our faithful partners, hold tight to this promise of God. That when we are uncertain what tomorrow holds, we know that He will continue to strengthen us, to satisfy our needs, in what seems like a dry, isolated land and provide the continuous flow of living water and provisions required to thrive!

All for His Glory,
Megan Schreiber
US Director

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