There are probably very few blog readers who know the old Fred Astaire song, “I Left my Hat in Haiti.” But about 10 years ago, that song (with it’s new title) was my theme song.
Haiti is the country where the Lord turned my heart irreversibly turned to missions. I loved the place, the people, the sights, even the smells…
This is why my heart gets heavier and heavier with every new piece of news I hear, and every picture I see of the recent earthquake in Haiti. About a week and a half ago I dreamed about Haiti all night. It renewed my desire to pray for the country; I obviously didn’t know how much more Haiti would be in need of prayers right now.
It may seem like Haiti is a world away. It’s not; it’s only a short plane ride from Miami. It may seem insignificant to us because we don’t know anyone there. but it shouldn’t. It may not break us to see the pictures, but it should.
I challenge you to feel for the people of Haiti. Really feel for them; grieve for their losses and pain. Because if we distance ourselves from them, we won’t pray for them and we won’t help them like we should.
- Mission to Haiti is an organization that I know and love. If you feel led to give, please consider giving to them. The website will let you know about all the things they do (short term trips, sponsorship, food distribution, well-digging, etc.) You can know that the money you send to them will be well spent.
- Here is another list of charitable organizations (from msnbc.com). I can’t vouch for them all, but it’s a start.
- Water is a huge need in Haiti right now (and always). You can donate to Water Missions International to help them respond to Haiti’s need.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
(Psalm 46: 1-3, 6&7)
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