|Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on October 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM|
Well, it's a full year since I last visited Messef, although the guys have been faithfully every single month since then.
Initially, my husband requested that I not go for fear of getting caught up in any kind of danger at the frontier, which was escalating around that time. Things have continued to be tense between the two countries with the citizenship for Haitians in the DR issue causing feelings to run high on both sides of the border. He has never tried to forbid me from visiting (he knows me better than that) but I do try to respect his wishes and value his guidance.
The frontier is volatile and things aren't made any easier for our Dominican leaders by having a gringo/a (foreigner) in tow. Those of you who have visited with us know just how difficult the border staff on both sides can be and how extra money is always the goal. If they catch sight of someone who may be better off, the complications increase.
Just recently my husband has said that I must decide if and when I go and he won't stand in my way, in answer to my constant comments about how much I miss the children. However, the journey and crossing take upwards of 10 hours and sometimes we get to spend less than 2 hours with the children. They are usually in school when we go on a Monday or Friday. Additionally, it has not been possible to take our vehicle across for some time. The costly permit has expired and there are additionally costs and charges to enter with the truck and we just do not feel it warrants all this extra expenditure....it really doesn't make the trip viable....so the guys have to drive to the frontier, hire a cart attached to a motorbike for the supplies and cross on foot, hopefully getting motorbike taxis on the other side. I have done this before and it was the one time when I felt decidedly unsafe in Haiti.
I do believe we have the Lord's covering and I am not a wimp, but for the time being I will continue to fundraise and love the children from a distance, as much as I miss them. I feel as though I can convey better to you what is going on there if I have boots on the ground but I am trusting that with the photos and news that Pastor Quirico and Danilo bring us that you will continue to stand with us, as we try to make the best use we can of the resources you entrust to us.
Here are the photos from our latest visit, yesterday. Many thanks to all those who supported this trip. More to follow in the next Newsletter on that.