What can we do?

During the worst of Hurricane Matthew, we can do very little physically to help our friends in Haiti.  What we can do is pray for their protection.  As you know there is very little infrastructure in Haiti.  Many people, particularly in more remote parts of this beautiful island nation, were not even aware of the severity of the weather that was bearing down on them.  Many homes will be destroyed. Many roads will become impassable for days.  Many lives will be lost.  The storm is now, the summary of the devastation will come in the next few days and weeks.  This is only the beginning of what will likely be a very long recovery effort.  For those living in the villages Hope for Haitians has helped build, we can pray that their homes withstood the damaging storm effects and they were able to come together as communities to help their brothers and sisters whose homes were destroyed.

We will keep you posted as we learn more about the effects of Matthew.  Perhaps we should be reminded of Matthew’s Gospel.  In the 25th chapter we read that we should shelter the homeless, give food to the hungry,  share drink with the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the sick, bury the dead, and visit the imprisoned.  This is something we can do in our planning to build a new village this year and in our efforts to assist those in existing villages that have suffered severely.  Let’s take up the call to heed Jesus’ words ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

We will not be able to fix all of Haiti, but we can make a difference for one individual or one family at a time.