Today I heard of 128 killed in Jeremie, Haiti, by Hurricane Matthew.
My sister’s church is deeply invested there. They’ve built schools and planted gardens. They bought 55 goats at Christmas. Some have adopted children from Jeremie.
I sent this to my sister after seeing it on Facebook:
They lost their gardens and livestock. And it’s possible their fresh water well was contaminated by seawater. Hard to understand.
I see Jesus in Dawnna and her church. The ways in which they’ve gone into all the world to love and share Jesus through education and resources. I see her church family sharing news of Jeremie; their hearts breaking for what breaks the heart of God. The Jesus in my sister and her church is evident as they pray and plan to keep loving the people of Jeremie – all the while wondering…who is gone? Can those who remain survive?
Friends, if I am honest, I am having trouble seeing Jesus in “the people are alive…they survived. But soon, they may starve. They’re cutoff.”
I know He’s there and I pray the survivors can feel him. But, like my sister, I just don’t understand. And I know His ways are not my ways and He allows and the world is broken. I know all of that. I promise.
But, all I can do is watch video and hear stories while clutching a tissue. I will never understand why I sit comfortably in sizable brick home with a refrigerator full of food while someone born in another place fights for life in the midst of wind and water while wondering if they’ll starve to death.
My heart has no idea what to do with that today. But, I am asking you, friends, to pray. There’s power in prayer. Keep asking God for more mercy. Ask Him to hold those in Jeremie, Haiti tight. Intercede for those who remain in Matthew’s path.
Lord, we love and trust you. We may not understand, but we don’t have to. We simply keep loving and giving.