Yesterday, Port Au Prince, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake that registered 7.0 on the Richter Scale. Immense devastation, tragic deaths and suffering now reign in the capital city. Pictures describe the physical damage, but the horror and pain that the nation feels is beyond words.
2 years ago I took a missions trip to Port Au Prince. It was a life changing experience. It was my first time out of America and to see the horrific poverty changed my heart and life.
In a country of 9 million there are over 800,000 orphans. I suspect there will be even more orphans now. The country is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere where one out of 5 children die before the age of 5 and the average life span is in the mid thirties. To be hit by this earthquake only sinks the already impoverished nation into deeper despair.
My heart is grieved as I look at the pictures of Haiti and see the very same places we went through on our way to the surrounding villages of Port Au Prince. When I see the pictures of the children I am reminded of how the children of the villages would flock to us and would hold our hands as we walked through their villages. God help them!
Please pray for the Haitian nation that God’s mercy would sustain them and that they would find healing and peace. Pray that God would draw them to Christ during these hours of need and that they would find hope in Him. Pray for the missions organizations who are at work there.