Haiti (MNN) — A judge and investigators say Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry was involved in last year’s assassination of the president. A former anti-corruption official actually led the attack on the president’s home.
Greg Yoder with Christian World Outreach says, “The political situation in Haiti has always been volatile. Having gone there for the first time in 1978, and being back and forth ever since, I have seen a lot of changes. I’ve seen good times and bad times. Nothing takes me by surprise anymore.”
History of unrest
In 1986, Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier fled the country after 29 years in power. Ever since then, a parade of different leaders has struggled for control over the country and support from the United States.
The unrest continues today as gang violence has become rampant. “At our feminine training center, the ladies can’t travel in town, in Port-au-Prince, to get to the classes,” Yoder says. “But even during COVID-19, we found some ways for ladies to still have class, whether that’s through WhatsApp or some other means of seeing videos.”
CWO trains women so they can work different jobs and provide for themselves. Yoder says the school is officially recognized by the Haitian government.
The ministry also supports eight churches, scattered across the country. Yoder says the unrest gets especially bad near Port-au-Prince, but some of their churches in the mountains don’t see much of it.
In addition, Yoder says, “We do have a health center in Léogâne where we’re working with expectant mothers and mothers with newborns. We just give them some assistance as they get started with having a newborn in their family.”
Ask God to sustain this ministry during uncertain times in Haiti.
The header photo shows Prime Minister Ariel Henry. (Photo courtesy of Voice of America, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)