Thank you to all of you who came to welcome Pastè Louinet and his wife Clairemène, also known as Madame Pastè. We held an open house for them in Port Ludlow and Clairemène made a huge pot of Soup Joumou. Soup Joumou is eaten by everyone in Haiti on New Year’s Day, which is their Independence Day. It is made with squash, potatoes, carrots, onions, peppers, goat meat, and spices. Having no goat, we substituted beef, and it was delicious! The second open house was held in Sultan on New Years Eve and it was a sweet time together for Pastor and his wife reconnecting with friends. Many stopped by to talk, hug, take pictures and fellowship.
We also took an opportunity to speak with a group in Port Townsend and Pastor shared about their journey coming here and how difficult their lives in Haiti have become with all the gangs controlling the country. These people were truly interested and asked many questions about life in Haiti today. We are so thankful to be able to share our ongoing story with them.
Pastè Louinet and his wife left on a Wednesday night and made it back to Nan wo and their home Sunday morning. It was a long journey back trying to find motos and chofès (motorcycle taxis and drivers) that would take them on the roads blocked by gang members. But thanks be to our Lord, they arrived home, just in time for the final day of a conference that he had organized over the phone from our house before he left! Several hundred people walked down the rugged mountain paths to be with friends and family to sing, pray and learn together for five days. It was like one big family camp! In the midst of a country filled with chaos, these people are looking to God for their answers.
Blessings to each of you and thank you again for such a wonderful, warm welcome for Pastè Louinet and his wife.
Dixie & Harley