Two years ago today, Haiti experienced a devestating earthquake that left the lives of countless adults and children changed forever. Out of the pain of lives lost and the destruction of homes and buildings came a passionate hope and love for God that is unexplainable to my simple, comfortable mind. I watched the television coverage and read stories of incredible struggle and loss.
After months of processing the affects of the earthquake, I decided to take the leap of faith to visit Haiti. Words cannot express the hope, the resilience and the faith in God that resides in the lives of the Haitian people. Songs of praise to an all powerful God by little voices that lost their families caught my attention. Praise and worship throughout struggling communities filled the air. And young people, determined to take care of their ailing family members depending on them for survival, filled me with admiration.
Haiti has shown the world that they will press on and trust in a God that promises to not leave their side. My prayer is that you too will get a chance to be touched by a child or a young adult in the new generation of earthquake survivors. I have a special little girl in my life that changed me forever from the first glance. She is a reminder that God is faithful even in the toughest of times.
As the Haitian people remind us, we must, “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philipians 3:14
-Michelle Reed, Haiti Family Coordinator