Below: photos of our triage center and our patients
No one should ever have to go through an experience like that. But yet, in a way i am glad i was able to, because i was able to feel God’s presence more than ever before. He sustained us through it all and gave us such endurance. I can’t even begin to describe how deeply in love with the Lord I am. Our orphanage is called “The Light House” in French, and we truly were able to be that for the people, thanks to God, and are continuing to be that. We have been able to offer hope to these people, which is the reason we were even put on this earth!
It was a strange feeling not feeling safe anywhere during those first few weeks after the earthquake. Our back wall surrounding our house had fallen down, so we were completely vulnerable to people coming onto our property. And they knew we had food, because we were an orphanage, so we were at high risk. But if i locked up the house really securely, then when the aftershocks came, we didn’t know where to go! When the 6.0 aftershock came one morning a week after the first earthquake, we all jumped out of bed and just kind of ran around our room not sure what to do because we were so locked inside! There really was no safe place to be. Being inside was dangerous, and being outside was dangerous, so if i didn’t have Christ, i would have been a wreck! He gave me such an indescribable peace. There were thieves lurking around every night, and people watching us by day. People tried to break into our houses a couple nights. The first week we had to ration our food and water because we didn’t know where our next food would be coming from. Gunshots would go on during the night (but that is normal in haiti), but through all of this, there was only one night when i let fear get the best of me. The rest of the time, i was at such peace about anything that happened, because I knew that Christ wouldn’t let anything happen to me that I couldn’t handle. I had such a confidence that God would provide for us, and God would sustain us no matter what happened.
Now i understand the Haitians, and now i understand that David is talking about in the Psalms when he talks about terror in the night, or enemies lurking all around him, and being able to put his confidence completely in the Lord.
It is so exciting though how Haiti really has turned to God during this time. As soon as the earthquake hit, they were all praising Jesus. A month ago, the nation of haiti declared a 3 day fast, so 90% of haiti fasted and prayed and didn’t do any work. They just marched along the streets by the thousands and worshipped Jesus. There is nothing more beautiful than that. So please keep haiti in your prayers, because this is only the beginning of what is to come with their restoration, and their hearts turning to the Lord.
So many lives have been lost, so many homes have been destroyed, so many people have been permanently injured, so many people will forever suffer emotionally, all from a 45 second natural disaster. It’s incredible how quickly life can change in less than a minute. If people truly lived with the mentality that life can literally be turned upside down within seconds, then how much more passionately would we live for God? Would we dare to be just a little more bold in our faith? Would we trust God more in both the little and big things in our lives, knowing that He’s sovereign and He will keep us exactly where He wants us? Are we willing to trust that the safest place to be really is in the center of God’s will? Are we willing to go wherever He wants us to go, no matter how hard or “odd” the calling is? I challenge you to really follow wherever the Holy Spirit leads you. Don’t hold back, because it’s not worth it. There’s no greater life than a life surrendered to God alone.