THE TRADE WINDS
A Historical Novel of the Atlantic Slave Trade
From Africa’s Gold Coast to Haiti
WRITING THE TRADE WINDS
Ed Schwartz, LSM’s Founder & Director of New Initiatives, first visited Haiti in 1985 and saw a nation troubled with death, extreme poverty and pain. The more he got to know the men and women, who he now considers good friends, he was struck by their deep faith in God. He wondered, “How could their faith be so strong and hopeful despite the hopelessness surrounding them?”
Over the years the answer to that question became clearer in his mind. Haitians have been fighting for hope for centuries. It’s in their blood and deeply woven in their country’s culture. Ed knew then that their story of struggle was worth telling.
THIS BOOK IS A STORY OF DETERMINATION
The Trade Winds is a culmination of decades of listening, research and a God-inspired passion for the Haitian people. This historical novel follows the lives of several people from France, as well as Africans who were taken as slaves to what is now Haiti. We watch as their lives collide in an account set in French Saint-Domingue.
Sadly, slavery didn’t end when the Haitian slaves finally rose up and gained independence from France in 1804. Instead, the roots of slavery continue to this day in the form of more than 300,000 + child slaves called restaveks. Restavek means “to stay with” and usually occurs when a family can’t care for their child. They send the child (sometimes as young as 4-5 years old) to live with a “wealthier” family where they are forced to work 12 – 14 hour days, suffering extreme abuse and malnutrition. I have looked into the eyes of far too many of these suffering children.
YOU CAN HELP CHANGE THEIR REALITY
For a donation of any amount, we’ll send you a copy of THE TRADE WINDS as our thanks! All proceeds from THE TRADE WINDS will help former restavek and vulnerable children experience the love of a Christian family.