Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti and heartbreak...

Well, what can we do…? My friend Doug posted a blog at his blogsite here but I wanted to put it in my blog as well..  Though we are cautioned where to give money to because of the corruption that is there (I have seen it firsthand) he provides some options at the end and a wonderful prayer… Thanks Doug for helping us not to just be people who because we are out of sight, we are out of mind.  Do something.  Pray. Give. Fast. Feel.  Walk in their shoes and then do what you who would want someone to do for you if you were them…  That’s love, it fulfills the law and it is God’s golden rule.  Let us not be guilty of ignoring the least of these in times of need…


Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

An injured man carries his dead daughter on Jan. 13.

 Haiti  in ruins. Likely 500,000 people killed and millions displaced. I am crying over the pictures and news. 

This country and it’s people played a pivotal role in my development as a follower of Christ. It’s been 25 years since I went on a mission to the island it shares with the Dominican Republic. It was a mission where I thought I would change the lives of others. Instead the mission changed me. For the first time I saw how most of the world really lived.

I experienced the Voodoo oppression (the Satanic foothold) recognized as a religion and practiced by almost 95% of the people.  I saw the children living in cardboard boxes. I smelled the stench of open sewer. I saw how years of brutal dictatorship shaped this nation into the poorest country in the Americas. I saw the hundreds of boys begging me to give them the million dollars that I must have because I was from U.S.   They were ecstatic to receive 50 centimes.

Yet all the poverty, sickness, death, and evil practices pale in comparison to the sheer  joy I saw on the faces of my fellow Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ. In my lifetime I have not seen anyone smile as large, be so thankful, or praise God with all their might. Christian churches in the United States are morgue’s in comparison. When the only thing you have is Christ, there is an immediacy to the hope he promises to those who love him. These people knew Christ.  I wanted to know Christ like them. Christ used the lowly to humble the proud.

Looking at the pictures I realize I have mostly forgotten about the people of Haiti. It’s lost people have become a non-issue. They have become a nice story I can relate. “Yes, I’ve been out of the country. I went on a mission to Haiti.” 

Father, change my callous heart. Christ, be their help in the time of need. Pour out your compassion through your children in Haiti and throughout the world.  Break the stronghold of darkness in Haiti that has long since been held by the Enemy. Through this suffering may your name be praised and may all put all their hope in you. Come quickly.

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

Give. Here are some options.

  1. Compassion International
  2. Feed My Starving Children
  3. Food for the Hungry
  4. World Vision
  5. World Relief
  6. Samaritan’s Purse
  7. Love a Child
  8. Northwest Haiti Christian Mission
  9. Compassion Weavers
  10. Mennonite Central Committee
  11. Water Missions International



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