There are times where Haiti makes me feel really sad. I had one of those yesterday.
We are in the midst of dealing with some big stuff surrounding our case. Yesterday I had a chance to talk to a friend of ours who has been a big support here. At one point he said, “I am sorry my country is doing this to you.”
I am sorry my country is doing this to you.
As a Canadian I have always had a deep sense of pride for my country. I like being Canadian. I like it when I travel and people get excited that I’m Canadian. I know every country has it’s problems, and Canada definitely has its, but I love my country. And I have never felt like I needed or wanted to apologize to a visitor for my country. As I talked with our friend I was hit with a sadness, not only for him but for so many people here in Haiti who are stuck in the midst of so much “stuff”. Stuff that they can’t control. Stuff that they can’t get away from. Stuff that leaves them feeling helpless and hopeless. Stuff that is so much bigger than they are.
The other day another friend of ours said, “Peyi mwen pa bon.” My country is not good. And with it came a deep sense of sadness and that same helplessness. That sense of being stuck, of having no control, and no one that is really on your side. The government systems are not there to help the people but rather to see how much money can be made. Justice is just a word for many. Yes, there are those that are trying to change that, but they have a heavy burden to carry and a lot of work to do.
Would you pray for Haiti? Yesterday I felt led to get on my knees and pour a bunch of stuff at Gods feet. I know they are things he already knows, but the process of coming before him, and asking for his wisdom and guidance was so good. My heart is breaking for this place, for our staff, for the people here who have no hope. I am praying that God will turn Haiti on it’s head. He has parted seas and he has turned water into wine. He can change a country, he can change hearts. He wants to do something big for Haiti, for this community, for each and every person that lives here. He can remove that sadness and give people hope. He can wipe out corruption. He can make the truth shine clearly before men. He can silence people who aim to do harm. HE CAN.
If you are feeling led to pray please let us know. It’s encouraging to know that people are joining us. If you feel God leading you to pray for specific things we would love to know that as well. I’m always amazed at how he moves in the hearts of people to join them together. Wouldn’t it be exciting to see how God is moving through his people? To see how he speaks through people? You can leave a comment after any post. We would love to hear from you.