Thursday, August 23, 2012

Haiti On My Heart


It's time for Five Minute Friday where a flash mob of writers join to write purely for the joy of it and then share our thoughts over at Lisa-Jo's. So, set your timer and clear your head for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right. Today's word?
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Haiti on my mind and Haiti on my heart.

As Hurricane Isaac twists towards Haiti, this resilient nation once again faces impending disaster. I met the people. I fell in love. I partnered with them for a week. I committed to pray for them for a lifetime, if nothing else.

My heart aches for these people. For little Kristine and our translator, Kinsley. For Elizabeth and Chelsea and Mission of Hope.


For the woman in Zorange, barely older than me, but victim to man's lust and mother of a beautiful baby girl. For the old pastor in the village, stooped in posture but proud in spirit.

For Gilbert and his young wife and the people of Titanyen, the village that means "least of the least."

How do we stop a disaster? I cannot stand in front of this hurricane and bear its weight. I can't change the winds or calm the waves. But I know the One who can. I join Haiti and those who love this country in prayer. For a better day. For change. And for protection.

God has great plans for this country. May my prayers be a ripple in the tide of change. Will you join with me in prayer for these beautiful people?

27 comments:

  1. Oh, what a special burden it is that God gives us for those even so far away. Lovely and painful at the same time.

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  2. You help me remember that it's not just a little country on the map, but a home to so many beautiful people. Thank you for your heart. I will be praying!

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  3. Thank you for the very good reminder. I have a close friend who used to be a missionary in Haiti and has an adopted daughter from Haiti. These are such a needy people in so many different ways. May God allow this storm to pass them so the storms in their lives can be healed by Him.

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  4. Oh, make my heart heavy. I am weeping for these people now. Praying for Him to preserve this land... Thank you for the sobering reminder...

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  5. I am joining with you {and many Facebook friends} and praying for our beloved Haiti...God has turned storms from their before....believing it will happen again...

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  6. The most powerful thing we can do. Pray with our hearts full of Him. Thanks for the reminder. Joining with you now.

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  7. Saying a prayer. Your words make my heart long for them in hopes God will do amazingly great things through this storm of life. Blessings.

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  8. Praying for all in the path of this storm. Blessings!

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  9. Joining you in prayer. Thanks for helping us connect personally with the people of Haiti by telling about those that you know.

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  10. Absolutely. I've been involved with a charity run by the Catholic church called Food for the Poor. They focus on that region of the world. It's been very rewarding so the people of Haiti are in my hearts forever. Thanks for talking about this.

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  11. I'm so excited that you have been involved in that way. After spending time in this country, I know the Lord has big and beautiful plans!

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  12. Thanks, Mary Beth! God's not done yet!

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  13. Thanks, Susan! There is so much power in many joined in prayer!

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  14. He is so faithful, and regardless of whether this storm hits, He delights in bringing something beautiful from the storms of our lives!

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  15. Thanks, Alia! It's moments like these where the Lord really impresses on me the power of those who pray knowing that He is big and sovereign in every situation!

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  16. Even if He doesn't, something beautiful will come. But I pray that disaster is avoided!

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  17. We pray knowing that He is faithful and there is always hope. The believers in Haiti believe the Lord is truly their EVERYTHING. They will praise Him in spite of what happens!

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  18. Physically in need, but spiritually growing. I'm so thankful for what the Lord is doing there. Even if the storm hits, I pray that they remember His goodness and keep moving forward!

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  19. So true, Sarah! Thanks for reading!

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  20. StefanieYoungBrownAugust 24, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Hey, Kariss! I'm just down the road in Plano:))
    I love your pasion for Haiti. God does have great plans for the country and longs to fulfill them. May we keep them in the forefront of our minds, praying for them and supporting however we can.
    Great to connect!

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  21. Beautiful post. I hate that it got slammed again :( (Found you through 5 min fri)

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  22. Not too bad! I love that the Lord restores what is broken. He's still working in Haiti. Thanks for reading, Kelly!

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  23. I love connecting with another Texan, especially one in my neck of the woods! :) Thanks for reading and thanks for praying!

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  24. StefanieYoungBrownAugust 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    It's totally my pleasure, Kariss.

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