Following

As the plane circles the city waiting to land, destruction and filth are visible. Tarps and makeshift tents are scattered throughout the countryside, a testimony to the devastation of the earthquake of January 12. As we exit the airport, the stench of rotting garbage, unwashed bodies, human waste and animals mix to form the unpleasant odor that marks every third world country around the globe. Hopelessness, utter despair and desperation mark the faces of the Haitians that spend the day at the airport hoping to earn a few dollars to feed their families. This is the sight that greeted us as we drove through the city. Witnessing the destruction firsthand was heartbreaking. I wasn’t really sure what to expect on the trip to Haiti, but I knew that God would do amazing things and that we would see Him in ways we never had before. He did not fail to amaze me. He allowed all of our luggage to arrive, undamaged; everyone to get on all the flights, despite five people getting placed on standby; and provided the exact team that we needed. Not only that, but we were also able to get all the supplies that we needed, which is almost unheard of in Haiti, even under normal circumstances. God blessed us in so many ways, even allowing us to serve the others on our team and people already in the country.

As many highlights as there were, there were many hardships as well. Emotionally the trip was difficult, seeing all the destruction and how some people weren’t willing to change their lives or didn’t care, broke my heart. I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to live day to day not knowing where your next meal is going to come from and yet that is how the majority of the Haitians live. As a result of such desperation to survive, families are neglected and nobody is taught to love or receive love. The things that we all took for granted as children are not even offered to the Haitians. Sex is used as recreation because they don’t want to work and they can’t afford to go to school. As a result girls get pregnant as young as 13, but don’t know how to care for their children, let alone wanting them, leaving the next generation as neglected as the one before it. This is the vicious cycle of sin that the people find themselves in and this is what broke my heart the most. God created in me a desire to show the Haitians in the tent cities Jesus’ love for them, that He cares for them, that they don’t have to live life solely to survive, but that they can have joy in knowing Christ. I realize that I am an American idealist and life as a follower of Christ doesn’t make everything a bed of roses, but Christ says that His burden is easy and yoke is light if we take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23,24; Matthew 11:28-30). That is what the Christian life is about, following Christ wherever He leads, no matter how uncomfortable or hard it will be.

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Haiti Lessons #1

Isaiah 33:2-6 says “O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble. At the tumultuous noise peoples flee; when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered, and your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers; as locusts leap, it is leapt upon. The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, and he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is Zion’s treasure.” Reading this the second day we were in Haiti caused me to think. I realize that Isaiah is talking about the nation of Israel, but the principle is still the same. After seeing a nation that had only a sliver of hope before the earthquake on January 12, but is now trying desperately to keep that hope from slipping through their fingers is heartbreaking.

As a nation we have been so blessed, we have needs that are met, a (semi) stable government, freedom to worship, we don’t worry about where our next meal is going to come from, where we are going to sleep, even those who live on the streets can get help if they so choose. Why then do we take all of this for granted and choose to turn a blind on the rest of the world or the hurting of those around us? Why are we so content to stay in our bubble, all the while saying that we will and are praying for the lost and needy, but not doing anything to further the Kingdom of God? Are we so apathetic that in our hearts we don’t truly desire the joy of serving Christ? This is  not life that we are called to live. Christ said to take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23-26), meaning that we are to follow Christ to wherever He leads us, even if it means giving up the comforts of life, going out of our comfort zones, and showing His love to those that the world deems as unlovely and unworthy.

Before Christ takes a hold of our lives we are all unlovely, there is nothing within us that makes us useful for the work of the Lord before God transforms our lives through His Son. Our calling is high, but it doesn’t always mean living in the slums or the poorest places of the world. It’s being willing serve wherever God has placed you, showing His love to those around you, and being sensitive to His direction.

Seeing how the Christians of Haiti, praised God after all that they had been through caused me to wonder if I would have the same response if my life was turned upside down. We are taught that all things work together for good for those who love God, but do we really think that the good is always what the world will see as good? Oftentimes it’s not, but God will take situations, use them to glorify Himself, and teach us amazing things about His character and love. We truly serve an amazing God, why are we so persistent to His molding?

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The Beginnning

I suppose the purpose of a blog is to keep the world informed of your opinions and ideas, this will be no different. As the Lord teaches me lessons about life, Himself, and  as I grow more in Him I will attempt to keep everyone informed of my epiphanies. May this site be used to the glory of God and may all who read it be blessed.

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