I am sitting here in the comfort of Panera Bread working online because of WiFi access. Uploading sermons to our churches website, updating that information and further using the advantage of hi-speed internet unavailable to me at home and the office.
Can you already see a comparison to the life that most Haitians live. I’m not sure about their ranking, but Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. I complain that I have slow internet service, but many in Haiti don’t even have electricity. I’m enjoying a cup of dark and rich coffee, and many people are lucky to have a full meal each day.
As Jim Carey as the The Grinch said when he began to feel the emotion of love and compassion, “Whats the DEAL?”
Then, add the devastation from a very powerful earthquake and the Haitian people are struggling even more. We are feeling for them. Many organizations such as IDES (http://www.ides.org/) are there helping through the churches in Port-au-Prince. I borrowed the picture in this post from their web-sight. Many churches have sent more than money, they’ve sent people to help. Some are gathering materials that should be needed; medical supplies, building supplies, etc. I just heard about a hospital that has only 2 doctors and 2 nurses working. They’re overwhelmed. They are Americans and they don’t know where the Haitian doctors and nurses are. They’re swamped. The dead bodies are piling up. The spread of disease from this situation grows daily.
People around the world, both secular and religious, governments and individuals, and organizations like IDES and World Vision and the Red Cross are there or on their way or in the process of arranging and sending help to the Haitian people. Their compassion for the situation is admirable. People still have a heart for those in severe need. They step up when they are aware of severe situations and many of us feel guilty that we cannot go ourselves or that we are incapable of anything but praying for and giving funds to the needy.
Some are going to ask, “Where is God in all of this?”
I’m not sure this is God’s judgment like some have publicly claimed and preached from pulpits. I am sure that somehow, it is a part of God’s will allowing this to happen at least. But God is raising up an army of people to help for a couple of reasons that I can see:
1. The Haitian people were in need anyway and it draws our attention to their plight. Governments, churches, and individuals will concentrate on providing help that will go far beyond the devastation of this earthquake.
2. It’s gets a lot of us off of our lazy, fat, narcissistic butts (especially here in America). We are drawn away from a selfish focus to an outward concern that should last longer than the months and years it will take to bring healing to Haiti (or any other place in the world that such a tragedy may strike).
Due to economic circumstances and certain job situations in our family, we are cutting back in our household. It’s very easy to put on blinders and be selfish while trying make ends meet. To reason that we don’t have enough to help. But we can’t not give. We are going to sacrifice to help. Most people are giving something and every dollar makes a difference. That dollar is a band-aid or a bottle of water. Combine the dollars and its’ a penicillin shot, or a cast for a broken bone, or food for an extended family who lost everything.
God is caring for the Haitian people. And your participation, whether you are a follower of God or not is one of the ways he is at work to care for Haiti.
Our congregation supports a children’s home and a missionary and his church in Haiti. Salonique Adolphe and the Living Water Christian Church is going from Gonaïves to Port-au-Prince to help 1000 people each week. We are sending aid from our budget and designated gifts from our members to them to add to their aid. If you would like to contribute to Salonique and Living Water’s efforts, please feel free to contact me for details.
3. A third way that God is at work there is through our prayers. Remember to pray for Haiti regularly.
God bless you and God bless Haiti.