I Left My Heart in Haiti

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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About Kassie Phillips

My name is Kassie. I am wife to Brian. I am mom to Malaki, Cora, & Jairus. We live in Southwest Missouri. Life for us is crazy, overwhelming, messy, and fun.
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2 Responses to I Left My Heart in Haiti

  1. Teresa says:

    I was thinking just recently about those of you that went to Haiti on a missions trip years ago. I wondered how all of this was affecting you. This is a great post, thank you for sharing it! And I am definitely praying.

  2. Carol Gray says:

    Having been to Haiti with MTH several times I have grown a huge place in my heart for the people and the country.
    Even though there has been great devestation, I believe God is using this to bring the world’s [especially the USA]
    attention to this poor country. For so many years there has been great corruption and destruction in the country.
    As I have watched some of the news coverage, I have been amazed at the exposure God is getting as well. So many stories have revolved around how God has saved people from death. And those who have lost their family members to death have been shown having Christian burial services. I am amazed that most of the stories I have seen covered by CNN’s journalist Cooper Anderson have been centered around the people’s relationship with God. Some of the Haitians
    have learned that their hope is in God. When all else crashes and crumbles around them they know they can trust in God. This does my heart good and it challenges me to be better about acknowledging God in my daily life minus the suffering the Haitians live with daily. Please pray for the peace of God to reign in the hearts of the Christian Haitians and for God’s peace to prevail throughout this difficult time in the Nation of Haiti.

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