As I sat in Sunday school, and all through the service at church today, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of God’s love, God’s grace, God’s faithfulness. The image that keeps resounding in my mind is one from a video clip CNN did of life in the tent cities that have sprung up all around Port Au Prince…an image of a 13 year old girl hugging her Bible as she says ” I am not afraid, no I am not afraid because God is with me”
This has stuck with me for many reasons…the cry of my heart “Lord give me the faith of a child” ….another prayer….Lord, help me to bring up my children to trust you to protect and guide them in life..
Many thoughts have crossed my mind since the quake struck….but the one resounding….repeating …constant thought is this…God IS there……in the midst of the rubble…the loss…the suffering…heartache and disaster….God IS there
Psalm 46: 1-3
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever present help in trouble,
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth give way and mountains fall into the sea,
Though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
Missionary groups like Double Harvest ( Double Harvest also has a facebook page which can be found Here ), Heart of God for Haiti , Elim Fellowship …groups who have had people on the ground since LONG before the quake hit…are now playing vital roles in ministering to Haiti’s physical needs….opening doors to feed the spiritual needs as well.
The Harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the Harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His Harvest field.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.
The media has a history…a track record of looking for the negative…of focusing on the bad things…but the Haitian people are not making that easy for them. I has to smile as i watched one news reporter struggle to find words as a group of Haitians sang, and clapped and gave thanks to God behind him….the just of what he said was ” These people have lost loved ones, homes, everything, the poorest of the poor before the quake, now left with nothing, and yet they sing, they cling to their faith.” He was quick to follow that with something about but looting in mass proportions could still occur….with Hurricane Katrina…it was hard to find a positive media story…though I KNOW they existed….but with this disaster….the live interviews with survivors….the Haitian people are thanking God…..giving God the glory for the fact that they are alive….and they are doing it on CNN…..on LIVE television.
As I have spent the past week in prayer for a mission team of people i have known since childhood…who were in Haiti when the quake hit…all of whom are now home in the states….and as I now pray for my pastor, and for others I know….who are heading into Haiti…I have no doubt that God is in control. Please keep Alan Cross and the rest of the team from Helping Hands in your prayers this week…and Ann Bennette and the team from Elim Fellowship as well. May God use them in ways they can never imagine as they minister compassion and show His love to the people of Haiti. May they have a peace that passes ALL Understanding, and may God Protect them as they travel, and be with their families here at home.