Another Haiti team member shares his thoughts on the trip.
This is way better than I could have put it!!
THE PLIGHT OF A PEOPLE
As I rise in the morning to the comforts of my life after an arousing journey through a desolate land seemingly stripped of its riches and hope, my thoughts often turn toward the plight of a people. After seeing naturally what God had called me to see, I contemplate what God would have me to see spiritually and I wonder, what do Haitian’s dream. Are their dreams comparable to those who, in appearance, are exceedingly more well off than them?
Do they dream extravagantly of safe drinking water and unpolluted rivers and streams, or an infrastructure that at its most basic element, would safely consume the massive amounts of garbage that surrounds them. Do they dream of healthy food to fill their stomachs or sturdy dwellings that would shield them from the elements of a sometimes brutal nature? Do they selfishly dream of having access to preventive medicines and basic healthcare or fair wages that are commensurate to the amount of a days work that they put in? Do they dream of luxuries like bathing in clean water or their children going to school to learn to read and write? Or, do Haitians dream of simple things like becoming a movie star, CEO or television icon, driving exotics cars and wearing jewelry draped in diamonds. Do they dream of six figure salaries with a five figure Christmas bonus or a vacation home on the other side of the world?
This extreme and absurd analogy is totally comparable to the idea that I can sit back and do nothing to help reverse the plight of a people. The result of this revelation brings to the forefront of my mind another question. In Gods eyes, who is worse off? The people stricken by povertous conditions in which they have no control or a people who have the readily available resources, abilities and freedoms to construct change for those whose blessings have not yet manifested.
The Bible says in Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For the same measure you use, it will be measured to you.” God seems unspecific in what we are to give. But since my return from Haiti, God has given me yet another revelation. What I am to give is EVERYTHING God has given to me. As children of God, the plight of the Haitians is our plight as well.
by Torrey Adams