John 14:27 (NKJV)
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”
January 12th, 2010, 4 years ago today, a tragic and devastating 7.0 Magnitude earthquake struck the country of Haiti.
You can tell from the map above that the entire country was affected in some way. The reports are conflicting, depending on the sources that you read or hear, but no matter what or who the numbers are coming from the fact is the same. Devastating.
* 220,000 maybe more, people DEAD
* 300,00 maybe more, people INJURED
The country of Haiti was far from thriving before the earthquake, the effects of the earthquake left the country in a devastated, tragic, state. The outpouring of relief immediately after the quake was nothing short of miraculous. The volunteers, the supplies, the money….. flowed in from all over the world. Once again we were reminded what the Lord calls upon us to do in time of need. But sadly, once again, the world shortly forgot. The masses of volunteers and supplies and money went home. A whole different topic could be on what happened to the aid, and I hope to address that when I return home again from Haiti in April. The short of it is, most of that money that was donated for relief, is still tied up. I am conflicted about this. I understand the reasoning behind it, it is really to protect it from being illegally used, but when you are in Haiti 4 years later you can see how much this money could really be helping. Some supplies are still being held in customs. Again, another day another blog, but this is due to some government corruption. Now, be reminded that I am in no way trying to undermine what the wonderful missionaries are continuing to do the Lord’s work in Haiti. I know that they are there, and they are doing wonderful things. What I am trying to address is the forgetfulness of the rest of us.
It is so easy to sit in our living rooms, warm and full, in front of the television. It is easy to be mindless and forget about all of the tragedy that surrounds us. The point of this posting is to remind everyone of what happened 4 years ago, that we should never forget.
Lamentations 30: 20-23 (NLT)
I will never forget this awful time,
as I grieve over my loss.
Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
The thousands and thousands of people were cleaned up after the quake, loaded into dump trucks, and dumped into a pit dug in Titanyen, Haiti.
When I took my first missions trip to Haiti in December of 2012, all of the hundreds of black crosses had been removed. Now they have this marker as a remembrance of the tragic quake. I had thought about the shock factor of the photos I found that were taken after the quake, of the bodies being dumped and decided against re-posting them. I have been working on this post for over an hour now, and it is having an effect on my body, emotionally and physically. I do encourage you to search out some photos though, and try and place your self in the shoes of a survivor, not knowing which truck his or her family member was loaded on, or how many thousands of bodies may lie on top of their family member.
This photo was one that I took the first time I was in Haiti. I was standing on top of the mass grave. This picture shows “homes” that have erected since the earthquake, right next to the mass grave. Children run and play games on top, like it is a playground. Their innocent minds not grasping fully what is lying beneath during their moments of joyous play.
I ask that you take a moment today, and every day, to pray for the people in Haiti. Pray for revival of the land, the economy. Pray for health and health care needs being met. Pray for the hearts and the minds of all of the survivors that have been impacted, and are still being impacted today by the earthquake that struck the entire country on January 12th, 2010. Pray for the government of Haiti. Pray for the establishment of an active military and police presence. Pray for the money and supplies that are still waiting to be spread through the country to be put to the use that it was intended for.
Blessings to you all