Monday, January 25, 2010

Many of the journalists that were here to cover the earthquake are leaving. Haiti will slowly begin fading from the news and the eyes of the world. People will soon likely forget and go back to their lives and daily routines. However, for those of us on the front lines, the images remain. The smell of death beneath the rubble will become more commonplace. The pain and suffering of the people we serve will be more heart wrenching and challenging than ever before. Daily, we will be dealing with the toughest task – rebuilding, restoring and trying to get “back to normal.” And the questions: What about all the new orphans? Where will they go? Who will help them?

None of us is looking forward to what is ahead. The task seems insurmountable but we walk completely in faith. We are on our knees, praying that God will move mightily through this terrible tragedy. That it will not be the final straw of a country already doomed, but instead that it be a place for new beginnings– a renaissance, a rebirth. The Haitian people, better than most of the world, understand that this is a spiritual matter of greatest importance. They are asking themselves and the rest of the nation, “What do we believe? Where are we going to put our faith – in other countries, NGOs, relief funds and programs or in the One who can create and take life away?”
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chron 7:14

Please join us in continual prayer for the nation of Haiti and let us help others not to forget. There are years, perhaps decades of work to do here. And although the press will move on to the next big story, we cannot forget. First and foremost, we must keep the Haitian people alive in our daily prayers, and secondly, rally our friends, families, churches, schools and communities to remain involved. When all others fade away, the Church remains. We are the ones called to a higher purpose.