ANTIONETTE: COMING HOME OR TO WHAT WAS HER HOME

Posted: May 14, 2010 in Uncategorized
Antionette

Yesterday several of us, including two young men Nathan and Ryan who left our adoption programs years ago and are now back visiting Haiti, went into Cite Soleil, Haiti’s the massive slum to bring Antionette, one of our patients to her home or what was her home where her house fell on her during the earthquake and where she lost one of her legs.  It was her first time back since the January 12th earthquake.  People clearly were excited and curious to see her.

Antionette is pictured above standing with a couple of her six children.  She is not quite steady on her prosthetic leg but she is coming along and soon she should be able to maneuver her way around the cluttered area that she calls home.  Except that she now longer has a home as it has been carted away and where she once lived with her husband and six children is now bare piece of land. 
Last week, Antionette told me that her house was destroyed and asked if I could help her rent another one.  When I asked how much it would cost, she told me $1000.00 a year in Haitian dollars or the equivalent of about $125.00 US a year.  I thought what kind of house can be rented for only $125.00 for a year.  Well, yesterday, I received my answer and it is not much: Four hole filled walls and a old rusty, leaky tin roof.  No running water, no toilet and kitchen, no electricity.  Some of these houses remind me of the "hot box" that the prisoners were forced to live in in the movie The Bridge Over the River Kwai. 
 

The lady pictured above with her husband spent a couple of months at our field hospital where she came in on the big white truck.  She had been shot in the foot and was told that the people in the big white truck would help her.  They were correct and I visited with her as well.  She with her several children and husband live in a home made up of leaky tarps.  It is cluttered with a metal framed bunk bed, another bed and then seeming a mountain of clothes and stuff.  I daily had seen this lady for a couple of months as she was in our field hospital, but this was the first time I had seen her here.  I felt a weight of sadness as I looked at and entered her little leaky, frayed, tarp house.

THE QUESTION

We as well went to fan out into the community and ask this question: WHAT ARE THE  THREE THINGS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY?  Almost everyone said: FOOD, SCHOOL, and a  CLINIC.  So this Monday we are going back at 3:00 in the afternoon to spend at least two hours talking and asking questions, and visiting homes and talking with about 12 young men who were sitting together, just kind of watching us.  I decided to take the initiative  and walk across the bridge that spans a filthy, debris filled canal that doesn’t seems to be able to make it to the near by ocean.  That is probably good.  I had the – I belong here face and then the rest was easy.  Please pray with us.  Is God leading Heartline to a fixed ministry in Cite Soleil?  I can’t answer that yet, but I do think of the words of Bush, a big bearded musician who was with us yesterday doing some video taping and whose church has generously given to the Heartline Fund for rebuilding and relocating who said, "God’s favor is definitely here."  PLEASE PRAY WITH US AS WE LOOK TO GOD FOR HIS WILL AND DIRECTION.

John McHoul
Looking forward to another day in the land of unlimited impossibility.

 

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Comments
  1. Bryan says:

    praying w/ ya. you\’re already in a ministry w/ people of the "cite". You listen to people in the Cite share about "la misere".They used to make wooden bells that had this inscription carved in the wood on outside of bell. "No one hears the sound of a wooden bell, or the sound of the cry of the poor". Keep listening. That\’s what people you talk w/ in the cite want. Someone to listen to their "story". After Katrina, I\’d spend 5 minutes getting gas, and 15 minutes listen to the guy at the next pump over share his "story" about before "the storm, and after" the storm" Keep listening.The relationships you\’re making now are ministry. Keep sharing these relationships in blog. Blog is like daily devotions/news to me, on what specifically to join you, and the people in Haiti, in prayer about. Love you guys. frere Bryan

  2. John says:

    Bryan.I know that your heart is there and that you understand since you did live there for a while.

  3. Unknown says:

    Praying with you as Heartline discerns this. Antoinette looks beautiful…! Thanks for continuing to give us glimpses into life there…

  4. John says:

    Yes, please do pray!

  5. Donna says:

    Antionette is such a beautiful lady, it was a priviledge to be allowed to help care for her. I look forward to your posts, as I feel as if I\’ve been reading a good book, and three chapters before the end, I\’ve lost it! Thanks for filling in my \’lost chapters\’. My heart breaks for these people, that they are \’forgotten\’ by their government officials. I will be in prayer for you all, Donna

  6. John says:

    Donna,Thanks for being the hands of Jesus to Antionne and others like her.

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