Tuesday, January 26, 2010

On Two Baha'is of Jacmel, Haiti: Moro Baruk and Paule

Moro Baruk is an artist. He was born in Egypt in 1947.... In 1979, Moro and his wife Paule, responding to a calling to serve their Faith, traveled to Haiti. ... Today, the Baruks live in a house they built in their adopted hometown, Jacmel. They employ 25 artisans, and they are very busy helping to establish the principles of race unity, the equality of men and women, the elimination of prejudice of all kind; all principles brought by Baha'u'llah the Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith.
And then there was the earthquake. These are brief excerpts from an email from Moro, passed on by Irene. -gw
[From Moro Baruk & his wife Paule in Jacmel, Haiti (Baha'i pioneers to Haiti)]
At 4:53 PM on Tuesday January 12th, 2010 life had another meaning in Jacmel. I was sitting in my living room watching a silly TV show after work. Paule was out in the countryside visiting the Baha'i­s in Cayes Jacmel; when suddenly the living room started swaying softly then very violently. What! What? Ya Bahul-Abha (O Thou the Most Glorious of all Glories) It must be an earthquake! Ya Bahul-Abha Ya Bahul-Abha Ya Bahul-Abha I was shouting at the top of my lungs. Noise was everywhere; it seemed to have been generated by the earthquake itself. ...
At the time of the earthquake, Jonas (a Baha'I of Jacmel) and Hector Guerrier were standing in the street by their house. As soon as the tremor started they both dashed into their house. Hector ran downstairs and Jonas climbed the stairs fast. The House, unfortunately collapsed under Jonas' feet as he saw himself landing unhurt on top of the collapsed building. His brother didn't make it. A few tenants died as well. ...
In a Tablet of Bah'u'llah it says that if anyone would travel to another country to spread the divine fragrances of his Lord, God would send with him a company of His chosen angels, each carrying a chalice of pure light. We are very fortunate to know intimately one of them, although still living on this earth. Janjan (Jean Max Casimir) is one of these angels. He has been taking care of us from the very beginning. Without him we would have certainly endure much graver hardships.

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