Birth Pains

3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. Matthew 24

Port au Prince, Haiti –
September 4, 2019

It’s been seven months since the last fuel crisis. Haiti is once again up against a major shortage. Our team in Port au Prince had to wait five hours yesterday to get a couple gallons of gas. It has been reported in Cap-Haitian that it is $30US dollars for one gallon.

AFP reports, “A source close to a prominent petroleum product importing company told AFP there is a cash flow problem.

‘The Haitian state does not have the economic means to pay its debts to the companies that import gasoline to the country,” the source said on the condition of anonymity. “And for us, when we don’t have money, we can’t place orders.’

Venezuela’s PetroCaribe program, plagued by allegations of corruption but which had allowed Haiti to buy petroleum products more cheaply and on credit, has been suspended for more than a year because of deteriorating relations between Venezuela and the United States.

Hurricane Dorian, passing through the Caribbean this week, also delayed petroleum deliveries.

In May, judges of the High Court of Auditors said in a voluminous report that President Jovenel Moise was at the center of an ’embezzlement scheme’ that had siphoned off Venezuelan aid money intended for road repairs.”

Operating in Haiti has taught us that there is a crisis about every quarter. “Crisis” in Haiti means no food and no fuel for days and even weeks. Riots erupt, people starve, the sick cannot get any help, people cannot travel and fear, hunger and anger are rampant.

Please pray for the safety of the pastors and their congregations. Pray for them to use this crisis as an opportunity to reach out to people that find no peace in their government but can find peace in the coming kingdom and in Jesus Christ, the only leader that will not let you down.