The political unrest in Haiti is making things more difficult for missionaries there.
Dr. David Vanderpool, a trauma surgeon and founder of Live Beyond medical missions, has been working in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake and living in the country full-time for the past seven years. As of about last summer, he says the the demonstrations have appeared to be better funded and more organized. And with more weapons involved, there has been more violence.
Live Beyond routinely hosts volunteer mission teams but often has to place those trips on hold when violence erupts in Haiti's capital. The violence also makes it hard to get supplies to their hospital.
Dr. Vanderpool believes the situation is politically motivated, "probably more trying to get a socialist government in place."
He is asking for prayer.
"The people of Haiti are really suffering through this. There's no food in the market place, there's no gasoline, and so they're really struggling a lot," the surgeon accounts. "The people who are penalized here are the poor, and as Christians, we're called to minister to those poor."
While some are giving up on Haiti because of the violence, Dr. Vanderpool says, "This is the time to do just the opposite. This is the time to be more focused on Haiti when they're experiencing so much difficulty."