Sleepless in Santo

This isn’t anything new to me since being here in Haiti. I have struggled with sleep over the past 6 months. It had started with a supernatural event at the house one night that kept us all up and awake until ~4:30AM. That night was something new for me, something I had never experienced. Let me tell you firsthand, there are spirits in this world, and some of them are evil.

Since then, I have had troubles with sleep off and on, it comes and it goes. I can never tell when I won’t be able to sleep that night; sleep just decides to allude me for a while before I drift off, often at around 2 or 3 AM. It has yet to do this while we have a group (thankfully). It is always on off days/weeks. Sometimes I have work the next day, at other times I don’t. It’s really unpredictable.

I am not sure what has been keeping me up randomly, aside from that first night. It isn’t a sense of fear, or that something is watching me. It isn’t that I’ve had too much caffeine before bed. I just lay awake, sometimes with my eyes hurting from how tired I am, sleepless until way later than I want. I wouldn’t doubt that this has some spiritual ties to it in some way. So my request is simply this: please over the next 8 months pray deep sleep over me at night. I haven’t ever had troubles sleeping before this past 6 months and so I had never experienced how truly aggravating it is to wish to sleep and not be able to. I know there are people who struggle with this on the regular, and I cannot imagine what it must feel like.. Just this small taste is more than enough for me. I value sleep very much, especially somewhere that isn’t all that comfortable living-wise.

Again I ask you to please be in prayer with me for this. It isn’t anything too serious or life threatening, but God created the body with sleep in mind. Robbing the body of sleep is not healthy physically, emotionally, spiritually. I hope that this finds its end soon, and that I can go back to not having to think about whether or not I will be able to fall asleep tonight.

He knit me together in my mother’s womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. The body is weak and needs many things. I pray for rest.

Until next time,

Ben

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