Monday, July 26, 2010

Redeeming Haiti

In 15.5 hours (yes, that is 3AM), our little team will be meeting at the parking lot of church to head off to Haiti again! God has really pulled through (duh. I don't know why that always surprises me) with the logistics of this trip, and we are going to be able to help out with some amazing projects in Gonaives. The CityPlace campus brought in more than 1,500 new pairs of shoes and socks that we will be able to take down, and we are building bunk beds and a kitchen for the sweet orphanage that we visited last time.

All of this smooth planning for the trip has been awesome, but it also means that Haiti really hasn't been on my mind as much as it should have been lately. So, how perfect that the Compassion International blog would post this story this morning to point out the revolution that God is doing in Haiti, and to remind me that it's not about giving shoes (even really adorable baby Chuck Taylors) but giving the hope of Jesus.

I think the thing I love most about God’s character is His desire for redemption. He loves creating good out of bad. Bringing life out of death. Restoring hope to completely hopeless situations. In fact, it often seems that His favorite time to redeem is at the very point where redemption seems impossible.
Do you think anyone who knew Saul would have believed he’d be one of the most outspoken Christ-followers in history?
All this thinking about God and His love of redeeming things came from reading the recent cover story for Relevant magazine on the situation in Haiti. It’s long but extremely well written and informative.
No one in their right mind would call the earthquake that hit Haiti a good thing. It was utterly devastating. And yet still there is good.
Because of the earthquake’s destruction, Haiti is now having to start with what feels like a nearly clean slate. The [corrupt and inefficient] government was toppled. The [inadequate] school system was destroyed. Proof of [unjust] land ownership is now virtually impossible. The [enormous and unbridgeable] gap in economic status was decimated, putting government officials in tents next to poor slum-dwellers.
Do you see how, along with hundreds of thousands of lives, injustice and corruption also took a hit?
Not only that, but according to the article, here’s a quick list of the good that has come of the earthquake:
  • Immediately following the earthquake, people called on the name of Jesus. Not Voodoo. Not Catholic saints. Jesus Christ.
  • The country held a government-initiated national day of prayer.
  • More people are going to church. More people have accepted Christ in the past six months than in the previous two years.
  • The new school system that is being rebuilt is aiming to allow for free public education, something that Haiti has never had.
  • The government and leadership in Haiti have the opportunity to install leaders with integrity.
  • A devastated and poorly functioning capital city was demolished and can now be rebuilt and decentralized.
  • The Church in Haiti has the opportunity to prove itself.
It makes me supremely happy to think about how what Satan intended for destruction, God is using for good. When is the dumb devil going to get the fact that it’s over? It was over at the cross.
The devil lost.
Courtesy of Compassion International:

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