Tent City, a partial view....photo by telegraph.co.uk
There was a group of bloggers that went to Haiti not long ago. I guess you could say I went along with them. I found myself eagerly following their journey, swept up in their enthusiasm, fear, and trepidation about what they would see, hear and discover.
On Facebook and through each of their blogs, I packed with them, boarded planes with them and prayed with them. I was there, at least in spirit, while they waited in airports and when they touched ground there. I was wrapped up in it, but from a safe distance.
I read the first reports, saw the pictures come in one after another. Each sharing their own personal journey.....in their own words. And there was power in their words, because of what they saw.
Like drumbeats in a native village, the stories came back from each writer, along with the stunning pictures that went where words could not. And it wasn't just the stories, it was the real people attached to them. People whose faces would be forever imprinted on the hearts of each writer.
I myself slept in my own comfortable bed as they told about how a Haitian Pastor slept on the ground outside by the orphan children that he was protecting, because as Duane Scott said in his post today, "A shepherd never leaves his flock."
I was in prayer with them when they landed and came back to this land that must have felt a little bit foreign even after being in Haiti a few days. This land where normal means, buying the next model of IPhone simply because you must have the latest and newest version, not because there is anything wrong with your phone.
What they saw changed them from the inside out. Not only that, it has changed me too. I learned some things from them:
That a handful of committed people can make a big difference......and you don't have to go to another country to be impacted and feel the change yourself, (but it helps).
That God doesn't want my leftover gifts. He wants my heart.
That I am thinking harder and longer before I purchase something.
That even though I can wake up depressed like I did this morning? Over there in that country little children and adults are living in conditions no one should ever live in, and they are still smiling.
Singing, rejoicing......but they are also
Fainting in classrooms for lack of food.
Being kidnapped and raped.
Living with fear night and day and never ever feeling safe......
And God is watching how we respond, how I respond.
Each of us can make a difference. If only half of us went without one Starbucks Latte per day, we could build houses in Haiti.
If God moves you to do so, you can sign up for a project or make a one time donation right here, or find out more by clicking my "Help One Now Button."
If God doesn't lead you to give, then pray for those courageous souls doing God's work over there. Your prayers make a difference!
"Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with." James 5:16, The Message.