Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Missions Wednesday: Pray for Haiti

For this missions Wednesday I think it would be appropriate to talk about Haiti. Yesterday a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook the country and has left horrible destruction in the aftermath. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and is located on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. To say that the people of Haiti are poor would be an understatement. Many live in utter poverty and an earthquake of this magnitude means much devastation.

Haiti has been characterized by political disorder throughout its history. This has only furthered the economic despair that overtakes the region. In addition to earthquakes, Haiti is also very susceptible to hurricanes.

There are 9 million people in Haiti; 9 million people who either need Jesus or need to be encouraged in their walk with him. And right now, there are 9 million people who need our prayers.

How to pray:

Pray against despair for the people of Haiti. Poverty can lead people to feeling as if there is no hope. Pray that they would see hope in Jesus Christ.

Pray that this earthquake would be a means of much Gospel proclamation. Pray that God would be glorified in this tragedy.

Pray that God would send Christians to Haiti to do relief work in Jesus’ name. Pray that they would be a source of not just physical healing, but spiritual healing as well.

This afternoon Desiring God posted a list of relief organizations that could use our help as they serve the people of Haiti. You can read the list here.

Some very sobering pictures from the Big Picture here.


Chelsea Bass said...

My prayers were right in line with yours, Sister. As I read through Lamentations today, my first thought was how easily this could embitter people and harden them against hope.

I pray fervently that God would place this prayer in the hearts of Haitian believers,
"But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul,
'therefore I will hope in him.'" Lamentations 3:21-24

Lord, be our portion.

cdt said...

Amen, Chelsea. Amen!