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Good report on Haiti by Mark Driscoll


Good overview below and here by Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church/Seattle on the damage done by the Haitian earthquake. He and pastor James McDonald from Chicago spent 32 hours after the quake on-the-ground. This provides a good, broad historical background on Haiti for those not familiar with Haiti.  He describes not only how devastating this earthquake was to the people, but also how and why the work of churches is essential to the recovery and rebuilding of Haiti. If you’re looking for a fairly short (about an hour) overview of the Haiti earthquake and how the church is responding and why this response is essential, this is excellent. Please share broadly. View on YouTube here.


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Adoption caution, part 2: More than good intentions


Here’s a follow-up from an earlier post, illustrating that compassion and good intentions are not sufficient elements in helping the poor: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A group of 10 American Baptists were being held in the Haitian capital Sunday after trying to take 33 children out of Haiti. The church group, most of them from Idaho, allegedly lacked the proper documents when they were arrested Friday night in a bus along with children from 2 months to 12 years old who had survived the catastrophic earthquake. The group say they were setting up an orphanage across the border in the Dominican Republic. Full AP story (via OneNewsNow) here. Cross International has many years of ministry experience in Haiti, and works with churches and missions (and orphanages) already on-the-ground. For more about our efforts, go here.


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Adoption caution: Haitian orphans


Good word here from Together for Adoption about Haitian orphan adoption: Given the current situation in Haiti, here is my question to those who are interested in adopting a child from Haiti: “How long are you willing to wait to give a Haitian orphan a home?” My concern is that our compassion for Haiti’s orphans, our desire to give them a home, won’t have the necessary patience (endurance) to see it through. What Haiti’s orphans need once adoption opens back up is Christians who have gospel-endurance. Also see the very fine book When Helping Hurts (Moody). Wisdom should guide our compassion and actions, all of which should bathed in prayer and washed in God’s Word.


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Where was God in Haiti during the earthquake?


He was right where He always is – in the midst of His people. See this story (video below) about 69-year-old Ena Zizi, who was trapped for 7 days in the rubble of the National Cathedral in Port-Au-Prince while praying, along with other stories. This Telegraph report is one of the few from secular news sources who recognize and report of God’s hand in the disaster: Cross International efforts in Haiti can be tracked here. Please pray for three of our project officers – Mike Henry, Mike Wilson, and Claudio Merisio – who are on the ground in Port-au-Prince with our partners in Haiti.


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Faith groups making fast, lasting difference in Haiti


Two salient observations from Faith and Reason, Cathy Lynn Grossman’s blog at USA Today: Faith groups offer the fundamental social network for education, welfare and health in a nation with virtually no government — and that was true before the quake. – “Youth in lawless Haiti at risk for sex trade, slavery, murder” (posted Jan. 20) Some evangelical chaplains beat most doctors in reaching Haiti — rushing in with spiritual care on the first flight along side medical teams and supplies from Samaritan’s Purse. – “Faith relief moves fast:  Chaplains reach Haiti, solar Bibles enroute” (posted Jan 19)


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Praying for the church in Haiti


Jim Cavnar, President of Cross International: Surely the Church will struggle (after the January 12 earthquake in Haiti), but I know the Holy Spirit will come to strengthen, comfort, and renew. Let us remember to pray for the churches of Haiti and all their leaders.  May they, in the midst of death and despair, become a source of strength, hope, and courage. As we race to their aid with all the material support we can muster let us pray fervently for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to fall upon them. May they lift up the heart of Haiti and bring back the undying hope of its suffering people.


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