Well, after a wonderful and noneventful flight from Pittsburgh to Miami, and then to Port-au-Prince, my first problem
was that the flight I had intended to take from PAP to Cayes had been cancelled . I had to wait 8 hours until they had
another flight at 4 pm. This flight was also almost cancelled as there were only 4 passengers, me included. As
it turned out this was God's grace as Monday there was a general strike over hunger issues and nothing was opened and nothing
moved. There were flaming barricades in Cayes. Tuesday seemed quiet so we quickly went into town to do urgent
business. By God"s grace again, as soon as we got back to the house things got ugly in Cayes again-- UN troops and Police
restored order. I was hoping to make a run to Dariol around noon when we got word that Hurricaine Gustav was bearing
down on the S. coast near Dariol. We decided to wait things out in Cayes. Good thing we did! The hurricaine
smashed into Haiti uprooting and breaking trees, washing away fields of crops and damaging huts (not to mention my porch which
flew away like Dorothy's house in the Wizard of Oz). So far we hear of 25 deaths in the area of Cote de Fer--could be
more. The town of Cote de Fer which sits by a river on the coast was inundated and in a number of places the road
to Dariol was washed out--the only way in is by foot. There are going to be even more people hungry now as the crops
they were hoping for nolonger exist. If ANYONE could help we would appreciate some help with food relief which in a
short time will be needed. So, for the moment I sit cooling my heels in Caye--all we got here was a ton of rain,
but no damage. The government can hardly do anything in the face of such a catastrophe. I believe the Lord will
provide for the Haitians and I want to do what I can also.
Well, this time it looks to be the right time,this time. I'm scheduled to depart for Haiti Sunday morning.
The flight is an early one so I'll be overnighting in Miami. I hope to get in between the storms. At this time
of year you have to dodge hurricaines. It will be good to see everyone there again. I have had a wonderful stay
and its hard to leave my Mom, but she understands. Keep us in your hearts and prayers. You will be in ours.
"All things work together for good,..." Romans 8:28
WELL, as usual my trip back to Haiti has met a snag- Hurricaine FAY. It does seem to have become routine now that
each time I am sceduled to return this happens. Oh well, when you are walking the path of life by faith and
not by sight, Romans 8:28 becomes one of your favorite verses. This world is so uncertain, its good to know our Lord
has all things in His hands and that He is doing things with a plan in mind... so sit back and leave the driving to Him!
Well, by God's grace its been a wonderful time of visiting, sharing and renewing contacts, but the time has arrived
for me to return to my post in Haiti. For the last few weeks I've been getting calls and email msgs from down there
inquiring as to WHEN I was going to get back. All the reports I have received have been positive. The Radio Station
is broadcasting and getting ready to celebrate another year of service to the people of south Haiti. The clinic is at
work although we lost the sevices of the practical nurse as her husband was transferred but the registered nurse is
doing fine. The schools are gearing up to start a new school year which starts in September. The Pastors Bible
seminars continue to aid the Church leaders of the Cote de Fer area. The new churches recently started are growing in
maturity. Praise God for what he is doing in Haiti through Gospel Growers. Many Thanks to you all who make this
possible by your generosity and prayers in our behalf.