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.
You have such a tender heart for the suffering – I appreciate you sharing your feelings in this blog. We are praying for the people in Haiti and that your friends will find many opportunities to offer the comfort and message of the gospel to the hurting people – that God would use this terrible and painful event to advance His kingdom in this needy nation.
I just heard the news last night when I was going to the gym. I love your tender heart towards those who are suffering…I have seen it as you have worked with students, moms, children and now the very poor in El Salvador. Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts! We will be praying for the people of Haiti, their leaders, and your friends. Have you heard from them? Please keep us updated!
By the way, I am excited because this is the first time that I have been able to leave a comment to your post via my school computer :0)
Glad you were able to get it to work!