Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Haiti Journal Entry #1 (Saturday June 7)

Driving through Port-Au-Prince today was an experience unlike any other. The poverty is the most substantial I have encountered. The overwhelming stench was the smell of raw sewage in the hot streets, but a sweet English woman named Louise brought me back to "Kingdom Reality" when she commented that the odor was probably more like an aroma to Jesus-this was a convicting moment for me--to remember the love Jesus has for the poor (the poor in spirit, the poor in possessions, the poor in faith, the poor in grace, the poor in love....surely that includes you and me as well....)

I fell asleep for part of the bumpy bus ride, but I know I awakened at the precise moment to be encouraged by the Lord. The Haitian children that live near the compound (a lot of them are New Missions students) smiled at us broadly and waved at us as we drove by. The love that shone in their eyes glinted in the sun and was one of the most beautiful sights these sore eyes ave seen in a good little while.

In all seriousness, sometimes when I see the extreme poverty that challenges my heart, I wonder, "What can I do? How can I even make a small dent in the huge obstacles that keep the sweet Haitian people from their dreams of providing for their families and having full bellies at night. Does it even matter that I spend a week here?" Then I read the story in John 6:1-26 of the little boy who offered the tiny bit of food in his basket.

"...that's a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this." -Phillip (the Msg)

Little is much when God is in it--so that gives me cause to believe that my little basket (if I offer it up) can be used to "feed" (spiritually, emotionally, physically) people here or at home or wherever.

"All ate as much as they wanted..."

We were possilby overwhelmed by the many and varied needs of these precious people, but God is never overwhelmed by people's needs. In fact, it's just the opposite. He desires that we make our needs known to Him even when He already knows them to begin with.

So my need this week is for God to take my little offering and make it much.


Joebeck said...

This was very encouraging. Thanks.