• Michelle Pitman

Will you cross the street with me?

I wrote the following blog post, August 17, 2010, after my first visit to Haiti ten years ago this July. I returned to Haiti shortly after writing this to start our sponsorship program, which evolved into us purchasing land and starting our school.


So much has changed over the past ten years, including inflation, but the ongoing needs remain. The same question I asked almost ten years ago is still relevant today, "Will you cross the street with me? Will you partner with us to bring food and water to the people of Balan?"


$6.15 feeds a child a meal five days per week, and $1.85 provides a child with fresh drinking water. For a monthly donation of $33, you can give a child an education, food, and water.


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August 17, 2010 Post: As I returned home from Haiti and had time to process my thoughts and feelings about what I encountered, the one question that keeps impacting me is, "Why is there no water or food in this village?". I asked the people in the village how often they had people visit, and they said, often (the definition of often is unknown), yet they are still without food or water. Please do not get me wrong; I know that there have been many people and organizations who have done beautiful things, but the fact remains the people of Balan have no consistent source of food and water.


When we did the math and discovered that for only $10 a month we can provide an education and food for a child five days a week, for only $40 we can purchase a bag of beans or rice, for $6,000 we can drill a well I became even more frustrated with my question of, "Why is there no food or water in this village?"


It was challenging for me to leave Haiti, knowing that I was leaving the people of Balan in the same condition as when we came.

"Compassion is only compassion when you cross the street and go to someone. Too often, we confuse emotion with compassion." Christine Caine

Will you cross the street with me? Will you partner with us to bring food and water to the people of Balan? Help us to not be just another group who visits this village and provides temporary relief for these people. Cross the street with us and help us bring lasting change to this village, the eternal shift that starts with food and water and ends with eternal salvation.


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