My heart is just aching right now for the country of Haiti. They were hit with a 7.3 earthquake this afternoon ten miles outside of the capital of Port-au-Prince. There have been many aftershocks ever since. No casualty counts have been released but it looks to be catastrophic in terms of lives lost and damage to the country. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and already is full of people in desperate conditions. I can’t imagine the suffering that this will inflict on the country. It is hard for me as a follower of Christ not to ask why? why Haiti? why the poorest of the poor? The questions of suffering are ones that I find myself now struggling with daily. In the U.S. we are sheltered from some of the horrible pain that those in other countries face everyday. El Salvador was devastated by an earthquake in 2001 and it could just as easily happen here. I don’t understand why these things happen and this side of heaven I will be left with the questions. But for now I can just pray for the people of Haiti who are facing tonight with grief, pain, fear, and loss. And I can pray for those who are there to serve them – rescue workers, and missionaries like our friends Jared and Jalayne whom we met during our missionary training. If you are reading this, please say a prayer for Haiti and pray that in the midst of the questions and the pain the light of God would shine through to the people there.