Friday, June 4th, 2010

But these aren’t cockroaches–they’re people

“Want to go with me to the worst place in the city? To Citė Soleil?” John McHoul asked us.

“Sure,” we said. “We’ll go wherever you want to take us.

John and his wife, Beth, founded Heartline Ministries in Port au Prince in 1989.

john and beth mchoul

The ministries have primarily been focused on improving the lives of women and children in areas accessible to their ministry center. But these days, John is finding his heart and dreams being pulled to the desperate lives in Citė Soleil.

man in cite soleil

At this point John is visiting, asking people there what they need, and praying for insight.

When we went with him, he visited 2 tin workers trying to put together details that might lead to providing corrugated for at least some of the houses that right now have little protection from rain.

tin workers

One of the great challenges is that the people on one side of the garbage-strewn canal consider those on the other side to be rivals.

canal through slum

John’s visit sparked a shouting “tug of war,” competing for his attention and presence. Each side wants him to work only on their side, and if they perceive he’s paying too much attention to the other side, they’ll do what they can to cause disruption

rivals arguing

Afterward, John shook his head and quoted a Haitian proverb, “What the cockroach can’t eat, he spoils.”

You can see more photos from Citė Soleil.

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5 Responses to “But these aren’t cockroaches–they’re people”

  1. I would never call a Haitian a cockroach.

  2. Glad to see John met John! The McHouls have been inspirational to us, they exemplify sacrificial love and commitment. They have been in Haiti for over 20 years, and are deeply integrated into the community. John has a gift of walking among the Haitians, it is so much fun to see him interact with everyone.

  3. Thank you for the updates and for giving “personality” to prayer requests.

  4. Just testing, will comments be moderated? In other words can any one else see my comment?

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