Imagine not being able to provide food for your family because the prices of everything you depend on to survive have gone up by 40%. Then imagine your children coming up to you and telling you they’re thirsty, but there is no drinking water to give them. Now picture looking out your front window and seeing cars being burned and tires smoking up your doorway. There is no way to drive away from the chaos because your country has no gasoline due to governmental corruption. You sit in anger and all you can think to do is join the rioting. Maybe just maybe, if you join in, the government will hear your cry for help and answer.
This is the current situation in Haiti.
We are painting this picture for you so that you can try to grasp the weight of what people in Haiti are enduring. It's easy to get so focused on the daily grind and forget there is a world outside of our own. We forget there are people who don’t have their basic needs met at all times. Yes, we still have struggles and life is hard in America, but it’s a different kind of hard. We are focused on living, while people in other parts of the world are focused on surviving. This is not to make us feel guilty, but instead to help us realize we need to stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are hurting. Guilt doesn’t solve anything, but love does. In Galatians 6:2 it says, “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” The second commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. Therefore, in order to love our neighbors as ourselves we must “carry their burdens.”
HBM asks that you join with us and help carry the burdens of the Haitians today. Would you get on your knees and pray fervently for your brothers and sisters in Christ? Would you consider getting a group of loved ones together and praying for Haiti’s government? “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them (Matt. 18:20).” Let’s pray for Haiti as they face a great deal of suffering. Let’s cover them with love and hold them during this difficult time. May they take heart and have peace knowing that God has overcome the world.