Tempers are wearing thin among our QCS community, and we are the most fortunate people for far around. One teacher has a staph infection. Another was evac'ed today after coming down with typhoid.
What a FRUSTRATING day! Why are the journalists here first? Why do the US govt and UN spend their time fighting, letting aid sit wasted at the airport, while literally tens of thousands are dying? We know they are here, we see dozens of helicopters flying over each day...
A few more single female teachers left today to be evac'ed, along with some more families with kids. Pray that we know when/if to evac. There are many factors to consider - it is very expensive to be evac'ed by the government - way more than a commercial flight. They evac flight will take us to Santo Domingo, DR, not the US, so it would take several more flights to get home. We can be used here- maybe. We speak no Creole, don't know the city, and aren't medical personnel - are we taking up resources that the dying need now? But God brought us to this country, to this place at this time, for a purpose - what's that purpose? What would we do if we went back to the states - sit? We sold all our things, quit our jobs, gave up our home.... Will school open in Febuary? March? This year? If there are very few students, the director has communicated clearly that not all staff will be needed for a skeleton curriculum smashed into a few weeks or months at that point - 75% percent of our classes are electives...... We just don't know what to do.
Tomorrow we will go back to Quisqueya Chapel to work at the medical clinic. Ben and I are excited to be used, to be hands-on serving again, to weep with those who mourn and to comfort the hurting. Perhaps I've just got a bad attitude because I am hungry.... we're on "one meal a day" rations. We had our meal already - beans and rice, plus orange juice. I did get a full night's sleep last night, that was a blessing...
Pray against looting. Pray for aid to MOVE. Pray for God to move, most of all.
No. matter. what.