PRAY FOR HAITI AND ITS PEOPLE
Now, we'd been told how our hearts would be broken for the people, but frankly, I went through the whole week without that ever happening to me. But .. see the photo that follows:
I have to say he wasn't anything like a normal "shoe-shine man" you'd see here. He had a cardboard box full of rag-tag brushes, half-empty shoe polish tins, old rags, etc. And our trip leader told us the going price for a shoe-shine was a ten cents.
Now, Haiti is like a lot of other Caribbean countries, in which the sellers at the markets start with a high price, expecting tourists to want a "deal" .. to chew them down on the price. Well, the shoe-shine man asked for a dollar to shine my shoes.
I eventually chewed him down to the dime we'd been told to pay. But .. and this was the first really big "but" of its kind I'd ever experienced, God broke my heart. Right then and there.
As this man .. probably in his 40's or 50's .. crouched at my feet, I saw him as a man, like me, trying to support his family. And I knew his wife wouldn't be a "working mom" like we see in the USA, and I knew he probably had several kids to feed.
Through tears, I gave him the buck he'd asked for. He seemed surprised, but I sure felt the better for it.
As you see pictures of the devastation and the injuries and the dead there, think also of the ones least able to deal with this tragedy.
Shame on you, Pat Robertson, for your remarks about this tragedy. SHAME ON YOU!!