Saturday, February 6, 2010
With These Hands..
This is the story of post earthquake Haiti and our Haitian family, Karly, Carline and T Mac. The story of how one sees a need, recognizes the part they are to play and gives their "yes" to God to feed the hungry, the widows and the orphans.
After the earthquake and the reality of 28 aftershocks hit the city of Port Au Prince, it was from our North American perches impossible to fathom where to start. Many agencies on the ground had set up temporary shelters, tried to sort through the rubble and find those that God had chosen to be His "miracles". The many stories of miracles, of sadness, the photos of terrified children and anquished parents came into the living rooms of the world in a short 24 hour period and continued for days and weeks. We sat and prayed and joined in with the those that had family in Port and tried to get news about their safety. It was a long 26 hours, ones that humbled us, were shared in tears by others and gave us insight into God's amazing grace to allow us our own processing time and to hear our prayers. We were blessed with news via, via, via, different people that all of them were safe. Countless others were still waiting and we joined an exodus of people posting and praying for those that still did not have any news.
Karly and Carline used some of the money that he had for school and started to buy food and water, blankets, tarps and whatever else they could to help the more than 120 people that were wandering in their neighborhood. After nights of unimaginable heartbreak, terror at the aftershocks, powerlessness to help more, God used Karly to share the message of His goodness and grace, His mercy, His love and His steadfastness in times of turmoil.
It has been a month since the first earthquake hit Haiti and as we hear from Haiti daily, it is a time to start rebuilding. A month later and Karly and Karline are still feeding 80 people, women and children with no where else to go. God calls us to ministry in the places where others will not or cannot go...Matthew 10 v 42 and 25 v 40 The Message
Don't begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don't try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here.
We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. .... This is a large work I've called you into, but don't be overwhelmed by it. It's best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won't lose out on a thing."
What a gift it is to be the giver...On the last day He will say to those on His right, "whatever you did to the least of these, you did to Me."
We continue to pray for those that have no where else to go, for Karly and Karline and for her family, for all that God is doing in that neighborhood, we give Him praise. Through all of the hardship and suffering we continue to hear the praises of His people.
When you finish reading this, please say a prayer for Haiti...for hearts willing to hear, that He puts someone in their path, for those that need food, water and shelter, that He puts someone in their path, and for those that are the path...strength, courage, and boldness to share the news of a God that loves them and will never leave them.