I can’t bare the thought of being in a safe home not needing to worry about my family while everyone in Haiti is preparing to take cover. My heart is completely torn apart.
I really didn’t think I left my heart in Haiti until I went to WYD. Haitians are very patriotic so whenever I spotted one walking around I went out of my way to speak with them in their own language. The more I spoke with them the more I fell in love with the country again. I lost a lot of my Haitian Créole but I could still hold a basic conversation with them.
It was always great to see their reaction!
Eh! Kijan nou ye?
Nou byen…. ou pale Kreyol?????
Hey! How are you?
We’re fine…. you speak Créole?????
Their reaction was like why is this white woman speaking our language? It just doesn’t make sense! We’ve been caught as we can’t talk in the secret of our language.
I can totally relate to that as sometimes when I’m hanging out with my family in public and we’re talking about something weird then we make sure we’re speaking in french so that not many people can see our weirdness.
Weirdness, we all have our unique weirdness and that’s what makes us so awesome. I really miss the uniqueness of my kids in Haiti. Some of them were shy, others attention seekers, others were trouble makers and others great learners but all in all they are great people. They have dreams and ambitions. We often talked about our dreams and I hope they pursue them.
As I’ve been following hurricane Matthew I’ve been getting more and more worried about Haiti. It’s one disaster after another. The rain, the winds, the flood and the landfall, never something we dream off but this is a reality to some. Many have and will lose their home.
Now you have to understand that the houses we have in Canada are very different than the houses in Haiti. It’s easier to battle heat than chill meaning that our body adapts better to the heat than the cold. When looking at houses in Canada we have to have insulated walls as we can hit -40˚C weather plus then there’s the snow. In Haiti the weather is more constant between 20˚C and 35˚C, they don’t have to hide from the cold and snow but rather hide from rain.
This means that their houses aren’t built too strong because they are just hiding from the rain(there are other reasons but this is one of them) . Many live under a tin sheet with wiggly walls but at least they have a roof.
Hurricane Matthew can easily blow away their houses as they have had winds as strong as 230km/h and are expecting more. They are also expecting to have 1 trillion gallons of water, that’s a big flood.
We have to pray for the victims of hurricane Matthew. God be with them as it approaches, protect them from the rain, the flood, the winds and be their safeguard. God, you said that if we have faith the size of a mustard seed we could command a tree to uproot itself and move. These people have faith, they love you and keep asking for your help, be there! Thank you for protecting the majority of the population. Even though we can’t understand the purpose behind this, we ask you to keep close to our heart, help us to not abandon you in these hard times. We ask this in Jesus’ name. AMEN
It might not be much but I promise to pray the Lord’s Prayer in Creole for all these victims for the rest of this month. For those of you who want to join in here is the prayer:
Papa nou ki nan syèl la,
se pou yo respekte non ou,
se pou yo rekonèt se ou ki wa,
se pou volonte ou fèt sou tè a,
tankou nan syèl la.
Pen nou bezwen chak jou a Ba nou li jodi a.
Padone sa nou fè w,
tankou nou padone moun ki fè nou ki chòy.
Pa kite nou pran nan pyèj,
men delivre nou ak sa ki mal.
(if you want I can teach you the pronunciation, just send me a message)
You can keep up to date on CNN
My Catholic Living (being super worried)