All posts tagged "Haiti"

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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“It looks like hell on earth.”


“It looks like Dante’s inferno. There are dead bodies everywhere. It is hell on earth,” said Mike Henry, one of our Cross International project officers who experienced yesterday’s 7.2-Magnitude earthquake in Haiti. Mike was at our Port-au-Prince office when the earthquake hit. He told us there was damage to water pipes, the power is out, and he could hear screams throughout the city, but thankfully none of the staff inside the building was injured. Mike has moved to a different location to work with our ministry partners to assess the need and provide whatever help he can. He is living out of his car and he says they have plenty of water right now but food is running short. He is nearby the destroyed Hotel Montana and he says that, by the looks of things, it is one of the hardest hit areas. The current picture is grim, with scores of people wandering the streets, wailing for dead or missing relatives, and seeking medical care in makeshift tent clinics because the hospitals have been crushed. No numbers yet on casualties, which are expected to be in the thousands, but news is trickling in from our ministry partners. Check the Cross Field Blog (www.crossfieldblog.com) for regular updates from Mike in Haiti. You can hear audio from Mike here. To give to our Haiti Disaster relief effort, go here. And please pray.


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God and Haiti


Does God hate Haiti? That is the conclusion reached by many, who point to the earthquake as a sign of God’s direct and observable judgment. God does judge the nations — all of them — and God will judge the nations. His judgment is perfect and his justice is sure. He rules over all the nations and his sovereign will is demonstrated in the rising and falling of nations and empires and peoples. Every molecule of matter obeys his command, and the earthquakes reveal his reign — as do the tides of relief and assistance flowing into Haiti right now. A faithful Christian cannot accept the claim that God is a bystander in world events. The Bible clearly claims the sovereign rule of God over all his creation, all of the time. We have no right to claim that God was surprised by the earthquake in Haiti, or to allow that God could not have prevented it from happening. God’s rule over creation involves both direct and indirect acts, but his rule is constant. The universe, even after the consequences of the Fall, still demonstrates the character of God in all its dimensions, objects, and occurrences. And yet, we have no right to claim that we know why a disaster like the earthquake in Haiti happened at just that place and at just that moment. The arrogance of human presumption is a real and present danger. We can trace the effects of a drunk driver to a car accident, but we cannot trace the effects of voodoo to an earthquake — at least not so directly. Will God judge Haiti for its spiritual darkness? Of course. Is the judgment of God something we can claim to understand in this sense — in the present? No, we are not given that knowledge. Jesus himself warned his disciples against this kind of presumption. Why did no earthquake shake Nazi Germany? Why did no tsunami swallow up the killing fields of Cambodia? Why did Hurricane Katrina destroy far more evangelical churches than casinos? Why do so many murderous dictators live to old age while many missionaries die young? Does God hate Haiti? God hates sin, and will punish both individual sinners and nations. But that means that every individual and every nation will be found guilty when measured by the standard of God’s perfect righteousness. God does hate sin, but if God merely hated Haiti, there would be no missionaries there; there would be no aid streaming to the nation; there would be no rescue efforts — there would be no hope. The earthquake in Haiti, like every other earthly disaster, reminds us that creation groans under the weight of sin and the judgment of God. This is true for every cell in our bodies, even as it is for the crust of the earth at every point on the globe. The entire cosmos awaits the revelation of the glory of the coming Lord. Creation cries out for the hope of the New Creation. In other words, the earthquake reminds us that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only real message of hope. The cross of Christ declares that Jesus loves Haiti — and the Haitian people are the objects of his love. Christ would have us show the Haitian nation his love, and share his Gospel. In the midst of this unspeakable tragedy, Christ would have us rush to aid the suffering people of Haiti, and rush to tell the Haitian people of his love, his cross, and salvation in his name alone. Everything about the tragedy in Haiti points to our need for redemption. This tragedy may lead to a new openness to the Gospel among the Haitian people. That will be to the glory of God. In the meantime, Christ’s people must do everything we can to alleviate the suffering, bind up the wounded, and comfort the grieving. If Christ’s people are called to do this, how can we say that God hates Haiti? If you have any doubts about this, take your Bible and turn to John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. That is God’s message to Haiti. Albert Mohler, via the Gospel Coalition


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