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Haiti #3: Why it’s important 35 people had NO DRAMA for a week in a foreign country

One of the things that continues to stick out to me regarding our time in Haiti was the team that converged from several different parts of the United States. A few main themes:

1. It is amazing what happens when people aren’t judged.

Seriously, when you are simply accepted for who you are and don’t have the baggage of people judging you, your ability to serve the Lord is much greater. There is freedom in that. Imagine what life would be like if we all could serve and minister every time without the slightest thought of what others were thinking of us. That’s truly what this trip was like. WOW!

2. Over 20 women and one bathroom. And no arguments!

This meant a lot of early mornings and late nights rotating around the shower schedule. I really don’t mean any jokes by this comment, but it truly is incredible that not one argument surfaced considering the amount of time, the cramped quarters, and all the other dynamics of being in a foreign country.

3. The body of Christ is truly a supernatural thing.

You can’t explain the absence of drama in any other way. It’s answered prayer. It’s God moving through His people. It’s God protecting His church and allowing a group to thrive on a short term trip. Complete strangers (not to mention some from the Akron/Cleveland area and some from the Pittsburgh area) getting along and thriving on a common mission for the week, and God blessing us through it all? To me, it’s more than humans can do by themselves.

Haiti Trip #2: Haitian Pastors Prayed for God to Do Whatever He Needed – Would I?

Would you really pray for God to do whatever He needed to do in order to glorify Himself?

From my limited perspective, the answer would be yes, but . . .

Yes, God, I’d love for you to do whatever it took for you to glorify yourself . . .

  • but please don’t remove my comfort.
  • but please don’t make me suffer.
  • but please make it fit into my plan, my life my schedule.

Am I way off on this?  Here’s how this relates to Haiti:

We were told a story of several Haitian pastors who began gathering in November of 2009 to pray for Haiti.  And they prayed. Feverishly.  Fervently.  Specifically, they prayed God would SHAKE the things that needed to be SHAKEN.  And about forty days into their praying, they got an answer.

The earthquake struck in January 2010.  Over 300,000 people perished.  And the church of Haiti united.  And that night in the suffering hymns of the Christian faith audibly rolled from one end of the suffering to the other in sweet trust and bold praise.

In November of 2009 I rejoiced that the Yankees had just won the World Series.  In November of 2009 the pastors in Haiti began seeking the Lord and asking Him to do whatever was needed to SHAKE their nation.

Would you pray the same way?  Would I? Somehow my prayer life will not be the same after hearing this story . . . will yours?

Haiti Trip #1: The Haitian people are richer than you are

What?

Read it again and I will explain why it’s true.

Kevin, what are you snorting?  Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 40% unemployment and annual income in the hundreds per person.  It can’t be that the Haitian people are richer than we are in the United States.

Let me say it again: the Haitian people are richer than you are.

Why is this? Because they have things we as Americans DON’T VALUE.  And it makes them richer people in the quality of life they live.

Without knowing more than a handful of words in the Haitian language called Creole, it was very easy to discern that the Haitian people have a great sense of community and a faith that cannot be questioned.  See, America is geared toward independence.  Personal rights, property, possessions – these things dominate our history and development.  Haiti, however, is geared toward community.  You may like your air conditioning, carpeted floors, flushing toilets, and big  screen T.V.’s. C’mon, who doesn’t?  But the lack of these things in Haiti seems to bring them together.  So many times we saw people OUTSIDE their homes, enjoying fellowship with neighbors and family and whoever else seemed to be around.  And that included us.  Strange white people – invited right into their community.

And what of their faith?  Sure 90% of Americans claim to be Christian.  Then why doesn’t it look like it?  Because here, like other parts of the world, Christian is only a term.  It’s not a way of life driven out of conviction based on Scripture. In Haiti? The opposite.  In one stop on a random Tuesday afternoon we got to know a man whose rent was due and he had no way to pay it.  He faced losing his home and the shelter that protected his family.  We prayed for him . . . then he led his family in singing praise songs.  No stress lines of worry, no panic in his voice.  Deep, genuine, faith.

I’d tell all the stories we heard, but suffice it to say this was not an isolated incident.

Community built on love for each other and faith that runs deep through trial?  Yes, American friends, the Haitian people are richer than the average American.  And the salaries these rich values pay sow deep seeds of joy and peace into their community living that truly made me envious.