After making a mission trip to Haiti, I was in tears everyday and mad at this government for not helping the people more than they could, to see children bathing in stagnet drainage water where I saw a pig deficate I was appauled, people that had gone a entire month without water to drink or bathe in was just so deplorable that I could not get my head wrapped around what I was seeing.
As Americans we all saw on the news the devastating earthquake of 2010 that killed so many people both men and women and children alike that the people here have still not recovered from this horrific tradgey. My visit to the capital of Port au Prince was beyond shocking I was in tears the entire time I was in the city which was 5 days.
All the money that was raised for Haiti was never used to help the people or restore some of the utilities that the people so desperately need.You may have lights one day and not the next and water is definitely a precious commodity because many people are without it. I had a chance to visit this small community church and it was in what is considered to be the most dangerous part of Haiti called Citie Soleil. The roads in Haiti are like a mine field, they are so tore up that you need a hummvie to help you navigate getting around the roads that are hard to cross on feet. Luckily for us our mission team did have one and thank God ,we were able to visit one of the pastor's by the name of Obed Lafallie and his congregation here in the city where even many Haitians think twice about going to unless they go early in the morning, we were warned about leaving this city before dawn.
At this lovely open church on a warm Sunday morning we had a wonderful time with the people, little children that just came and sat upon my lap, well as a old church lady myself my heart was warmed by all the attention that they showed me by touching my hair and my clothes and my arms and my face that I began to think that I was a rare species that they had never seen before, but what I found out later is that all the little kids do this because they want candy from Americans...(smile) and as everybody knows church ladies always have candy for the little kiddies in their purses and I believe that the kids knew this as well.
The people here in Haiti need your prayers and support to help them begin to build again I am one of the missionaries that continue to support Pastor Obed Lafaille who is one of the pillars in this small community of Citie Soleil, his church does as much for this down trodden city with little help from well wishers, my church here in Costa Mesa which also goes by the name Newport Mesa Church helps with giving to this small church and it's members, our goal is to help the community to first and foremost but their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and allow God to send the people that He wants to help and assist in moving this church forward, the goal of the church is to help the people in the area with learning skills that will help them get a job in the bigger surrounding city like Port au Prince and Petion-Ville.
We have purchased a generator to help run the used donated sewing machines for a two-fold purpose the first is to hire the ladies in the church that can sew to create a small income for them and their families and the second is the make children's school uniforms which they have been able to do and sell cheaper than other stores that make the kids uniforms, it has been a small step but still work in progress. I was praying to God and said Lord we cannot just give them your Word we must help these people to be able to work and provide for their families as well, and so the Lord gave me peace about helping the people here at this church in Citie Soleil to try and accomplish this small but very important goal.
Food and shelter should be the normal for all humans no matter where they live but due to the climate of certain leaders in this country they seem to have forgotton about the decency of humanity and it is for this reason that I am compelled to do whatever I can to help a people that is not looking for a handout but a handup, I want to take this time to say Thank You for everyone that donated to the Go Fund Me Project it came right in the nick of time, I always want each and every one of you donors to know 100% goes to the work and project that I tell you and I go over myself to make sure that your donations goes towards what I ask you for in prayer.
I am always looking for people to go with me to help, pray, and serve those that are less fortunate than myself, not because they are lazy or ignorant but because of circumstances that are out of their control Haiti is a place of great devastation but it is equally a place of profound beauty, the people are warm and kind and still share the little that they have, if I can help in some small way that it can impact those people who have been forgotten then I will always do my best to help my fellowman to let them know that God has not forgotten them and that He works through individuals from all over the globe by moving on their hearts to give of their time and whatever resources they have to help them that are in need, if any one wants to help with food and shelter please donate to Haiti Missions c/o Newport Mesa Church 2599 Newport Blvd Costa Mesa CA 92627... PH 714 966-0454 www.newportmesa.org in aid of missionary Erkkie Harris-Wells work in Haiti.
Whatever you do, however you are lead, I just want to thank you in advance for just praying for the people of Haiti, may the Lord/ God bless your efforts.
Sincerely Erkkie Harris-Wells
2900 S. Bristol Street Suite A-103 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 210-2488 MiyoharaIntl2@aol.com