Ok, it’s official. Looks like I’m off to Haiti for a week. Kyle White has been there for almost a week now and I will be joining him there. I will be helping the SonLight Orphanage. It is a small orphanage that was not greatly affected by the quake, but still has many needs. Their security wall was heavily damaged which is used to prevent the theft of food and other supplies. One child there died in the quake as a wall collapsed, but the majority of the children are safe and in relatively good health. There is also some structural damage to the facility and utility repairs are needed. I will be helping in some construction tasks as well has helping to distribute goods to locals in need. Mostly it is just a matter of being another pair of hands to do whatever is needed at the time. There is a great need all over, especially in the Port-au-Prince (PaP) area for food, shelter, water, and medical supplies. The Sonlight Orphanage is located in a less damaged area of the city, so it serves as a good base for assistance.
At Sonlight, there are crews of relief workers coming in and out on a weekly basis and supply runs into the Dominican Republic (DR) three days a week. My current plan is to fly to the DR and hitch a ride on a supply truck for 8-10 hours into PaP. Once at the orphanage, I will pitch a tent within their wall for the next week. I am scheduled to come out on Wednesday the 10th. I am planning on blogging (or vlogging) daily, but may not have access to update the site. If not, I’ll post the blogs (vlogs) a week later when I return, so you can get a taste of what is happening there.
Please pray for me this week as well as for the other relief workers. And of course, we should keep the people of Haiti in our prayers earnestly. This will not be fixed quickly. They were in such poor conditions to begin with and this tragedy has devastated millions of people in a way that our culture can barely even comprehend. The people of Haiti are also in dire spiritual need and that is another reason for my desire to go; to plant seeds of Jesus’ love into their hearts so He will convert as many as possible. I am hearing good news of locals obeying the gospel of Christ during this trial and I just hope I can help with that endeavor in some small way as well. I might sound like a broken record, but I have to quote this again:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Think about his use of the phrase, “the least” of these. Who are “these”? The needy (hungry, thirsty, naked, etc.) So who does that make the “least” of these? Those who are in need the most. We are so rich in this nation, by our standards even those we consider poor here are rich in the world’s sight. Look at our neighbors worldwide. If we have a love for them in our hearts and the compassion of Jesus Christ, we will reach out to help. [portions reposted from Dec 10th]