Thursday, December 5, 2013

Haiti: praying for those God has put before me (part 4)

Shelley and Corrigan Clay of The Apparent Project
(with me)
In 2011, I visited The Apparent Project in Haiti. While there, I was tasked to help out AP's efforts by taking photos of their newer Haitian artisans. My job was to take each person's picture and interview them through a local Creole interpreter - learning about their individual lives and then recording it in a few short sentences.  Can you imagine summarizing someone's life in a few short sentences?  It was difficult, but it was important.  For these sentences would later be put onto tags that would be attached to each artist's work, giving them credit for future sales.

Even while performing this duty, I knew that the Lord had put these specific people before me to pray for on a regular basis.  You see, many (if not all) whom I met had lost loved ones in the recent earthquake that occurred in Port au Prince. Many were living in tents (or worse) with no plumbing and no fresh water.

Shelley brought me some wonderful mango as I helped at AP.
Small blessings that are really BIG blessings!
Anyway, as Christmas approaches, I felt it was important to share my Haitian photos so that you too may pray in tandem with me for Haiti's people.  Because of this, today and tomorrow, I decided to post the remaining pictures I took in Haiti so you can visually experience what I saw while visiting there.  The conditions were tragic, to say the least.  Poverty is abundant just about everywhere you go in Port au Prince.  Yet, God is still there and loves people!

Please take a moment to really review each photo and consider how you would handle living in such conditions.  Then, remember that Jesus commands us to help those in such need.  Let's always remember to love, pray for, and support every person God has put before us!

Thanks peeps.

Love love love in JESUS' name!!!

~Victoria

One of the many tent cities within the Port au Prince community.
Typical garbage/rubble everywhere.
Just like any other day for these people.
This street actually had a real road to drive upon.  Blessing!!!
All vehicles are usually filled to capacity.
Metalworkers creating pieces of art from used oil drums.
The works of art created here are so beautiful.  Some are even sold in catalogs I receive at home in the United States.  (That said, I'm not sure if these Haitian artists actually see a fair profit as many of the buyers from well-known companies can take advantage of their desperate situation and short change the artists.)
Children playing outside the metal shop.  They live in the tents to the left.
Three DW's with HOPE for Haiti!
Shelley Clay, Founder of The Apparent Project.
Helping so many out of poverty in Jesus' Name! Love love love this gal!

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