The Missions: San Francisco and San José

Unless the mission is oriented by charity, that is, unless it springs from a profound act of divine love, it risks being reduced to mere philanthropic and social activity...Consequently, being missionaries means loving God with all one's heart, even to the point, if necessary, of dying for him. - Pope Benedict XVI

the commander of the local army post and another major who was sent from the capital fully armed and prepared to handle the situation in haiti stopped by for a little visit today: yesterday the mayor and his entire staff from across the river threw up the white flag and ran for the border along with the local haitian police - they all gave up their weapons and have been transferred to the capital for safety reasons. it appears as if the little revolt will escalate in the next few days and weeks, but for now things are rather tranquil here in the frontier, with the exception of all the haitian police that continue to seek asylum.

i also spoke with the pastor from across the river when i heard a bunch of squalking on our radio last night. he tells me things in his town remain calm but somewhat guarded. so, keep praying...we'll keep you posted.


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