Thank you all so much for your prayers! God has led me to accept the opportunity to get involved on the ground in Haiti for the next few weeks.
This morning I learned that Rod Beadle (another EMI volunteer from Illinois) and I will depart for Haiti on Wednesday afternoon, spend the night in Miami, and arrive in Haiti on Thursday. We will meet up with John Dallmann (who returned last night) and the rest of the Samaritan’s Purse WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Health) team, who we will be serving with throughout our time in Haiti. While we do not know exactly what to expect, our main role will likely be in setting up water systems, water filters, and latrines.
Please pray that God would provide strength, understanding, health, and energy through what will likely be very long days for the 2.5 weeks we will be in Haiti. Pray that we would work well as a team, accomplishing the relief goals that have been set, and ministering to all we encounter along the way, even though we need to be task-oriented and the two of us do not know much French. May God provide many opportunities for us to give Him glory as we minister in some of the most devastated places on the western side of Hispaniola. Let many “sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them…Let them give glory to the LORD and proclaim his praise in the islands.” (Is. 42:10,12) I trust that Creator God, who spread out the earth and gives life to those who walk on it, will be faithful to turn darkness into light and to smooth out rough places in lives so that He will receive the glory. Ask for His glory and presence to be revealed through the pain in Haiti, and that voodoo practices would be replaced with trust in and worship of Jesus in this shaken nation.
I am amazed at how God is growing my heart for the people of Haiti, many of whom descended from peoples of West Africa. May His love flow through all that He gives me strength to do!