When I took my current role as Director of Love in Motion, it was easy to be overwhelmed with the needs all over Haiti. It was not until I embraced this truth the burden lifted: God did not call me to fix Haiti, only to serve what He put in front of me.
As I watch Hurricane Matthew unleash his fury on the impoverished country, I know that the needs all over the country will be great. Many homes will be destroyed. Most roads will have some level of damage. Those depending on local streams and rivers as a water source will be without access and the contamination will take weeks to clear up. The needs from south to north, west to east will be great. Where do you start?
Answer: right in front of you.
Because we work in Haiti throughout the year and have a full-time Haitian national working for us, we quickly have a pulse on the communities we serve on a regular basis.
God in His Providential wisdom, saw fit for us to schedule a medical team to be in Haiti starting this coming Monday. This team was scheduled a year ago. Here is where we begin our work.
This team will bring basic medical care to hundreds of people in rural and thrown away sections of Haiti. Because of this storm, we will add a piece to the efforts of this team. Basic hygiene supplies, which we can purchase in Haiti, will be in need for those who have lost everything and have no way to properly care for themselves. Along with medication, we will hand out these basic supplies to serve those in great need and help boost the health of the community.
Here is where you can begin the work that is right in front of you. We will have a team on the ground in less than a week and you can help them obtain the additional supplies they need. By donating to our Hurricane Relief efforts, 100% of your gift will go toward serving those in tremendous need. You can support the work through our website and choosing “Hurricane Relief.” With your help we can multiply our reach into the impoverished communities we will serve.
I wish I had all the answers to why these terrible things happen to Haiti. Until I see clearly, what I now only see in part, I take solace in this lyric from a wonderful old hymn. “Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know, His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.”