Presidential Runoff Elections in Haiti
The Republic of Haiti has a Presidential run-off election on Sunday, 20 March 2011, between Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly. Much is at stake for the country. Although the next President cannot single-handedly bring about the systemic change and long term efforts needed for the country to rise from the devastation that the January 2010 earthquake added to the fragile country, the next President will play an indispensable role in the country's successes or setbacks.
The Lott Carey network has been working with partners in Haiti for most of the 20th century and throughout the last decade. In addition to providing monthly support for the 22 churches in the Strategic Union of Baptist Churches in Haiti, we have responded to many needs of multiple hurricanes. Additionally, we have responded singularly and collaboratively to the devastation of last year's earthquake. Beyond supporting the work of first responders, we have provided cash and food; counseling coaching for pastors and their families; a camping experience for youth; resources to battle to cholera epidemic; and more. We partnered with the historic African-American Baptist denominations to provide $1 million for housing solutions in 2010. Further, we are part of a newly developing collaboration of African-American Christians and Haitians in the Diaspora to build a movement between these two communities to advocate for transparency and inclusion in reconstruction efforts, smart investment to build a robust agricultural sector, and just immigration policies for Haiti.
I write you today to ask you to pray for God's grace in this critical election. We pray for fair elections. We pray for peaceful elections. We pray for people to be open to the will of the Holy Spirit as Haitians elect their next presidential leadership. We pray for the millions of people who live vulnerably, violated, and victimized. We pray for God's will to be done.
Thank you for your partnership in this ministry and in this season of prayer.