Onaville, Canaan, Haiti –
So they camped there by the waters.
The church in Canaan, pastored by Fednel, is located in one of the most dry and desolate locations in Haiti. If you want to see what it might have looked like when the children of Israel traveled through the desert on their way to the promised land – Canaan would be it.
In 2017 a team of volunteers came out to serve at this church. One of the members was deeply moved by the need of the people for water. Specifically, there was a little girl who watched this man come out and work and would ask him for water. Every time he gave her water his heart broke, knowing he would be leaving soon, leaving her with no long term solution for water. The last day he was there serving the little girl came up to him and instead of asking for water she asked for a cookie. It made him laugh in spite of his conviction about her situation. He gave her the cookie, and some water, and determined to do something more.
After he came back to the US he decided to do a fundraising event in spite of never having done one before. He invited all of his friends and co-workers. It did well and raised almost $10,000. These funds were donated to Cross to Light to help get water into Canaan.
Cross to Light drilled three times in Canaan with no luck. Their attempts in drilling clean water wells had always been very successful before. They decided if one way doesn’t work, try another. Funds were allocated to build a cistern. After much effort and determination a large cistern has been completed that helps supply water to “little miss cookie” and all of the people in the community.
Pastor Fednel and the church in Canaan are very grateful to be able to get clean drinking water.
So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.
There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.