Open Letter from Mike Wilson: Haiti Needs Strong Haitians Not Foreign Voices

Originally posted to Mike's personal Facebook on July 14, 2021

So much has happened recently in my LIFE both personally and professionally. Last week turned things in Haiti upside down. Let me take a moment and try to bring you deeper Into the fog.

I have heard many ask or indicate they would like to see the US step in and "fix" things in Haiti. That's not going to happen. Sure, they might send In some military and they might stay there for weeks, months, or even years. They've done It before and it's been a catastrophic failure. Read the article I've attached and see directly from the US State Dept's own archives what happened.

This isn't something the US needs to be involved in, unless Haiti becomes a territory of the US like Puerto Rico for military purposes. (I really don't know much about that process or how successful it really is.) The only reason the US would come in and truly invest money, leadership, AND walk with Haitian leaders is that it's the right thing to do. Now, ask yourself in all honesty, when was the last time any government did something because it was just the right thing to do for someone else? Seriously. Come on.

I can't possibly communicate to you just how difficult the "future of Haiti" looks. There have been Christian missionaries in Haiti for years and Haiti doesn't really look any different today than it did years ago. Sure the majority of people In Haiti claim to be converted Christians but VouDou still has a deep hold on the majority of people I know. Even professed believers cower at the thought of the (literally VouDou) curses being thrown at them. Haiti needs a Holy Spirit revival. I am firmly committed to the belief that we are approaching an Elijah and the Prophets of Baal moment coming in Haiti (1 Kings 18:16-39).

How can you expect people to lead well and think about others if their very existence is based on survival?

You know the stories and you've possibly read the stats. Haitians by and large survive on $3 or less each day. They aren't worried If they can cover their Netflix AND Disney+ subscription this month, instead, they are trying to survive. So many foreigners have come to Haiti with good intentions and realize that the Haitian population is strong-willed, desperately prideful, and VERY slow to change. Some Haitians will give up their children to these foreigners and their orphanages because they love their children and want them to carry on their names and Haitian heritage. These children grow up in orphanages then move back home when they "age out" and are dismissed. Yes, dismissed back into the very society that gave them up. These children are NOT getting adopted and going to live better lives overseas for the most part. Fact check this one, less than 150 children are adopted from Haiti internationally each year