Haiti - A Country in Turmoil, 10-Ways-to-Pray
Thursday, October 24, 2019
“So David shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.”~ Ps. 78:72 (ESV)
We continue to get texts, phone calls, and videos daily on what is happening in Haiti. Rose-Darline in her text this morning said, "Vi a tre dificil, sel Bondye ki pou di yon mo," translated, "Life is very difficult, only God can say the word!"
Haiti needs your prayers. We don’t know what to do but God does. Pray for wisdom. Pray that we remain faithful and not lose heart.
Here are 10 ways to pray with us:
1. Pray that God will raise leaders who fear Him. We need leaders who will lead His people with integrity and skill, leaders who have a vision to see a new Haiti where there will be peace and hope. Pray for new vision and new leaders to emerge. Pray that God will use these new leaders to develop this country.
2. Pray for the churches to remain faithful in spreading the Light of the Gospel even in such a time as this.
3. Pray that God will use ESMI as a ministry to continue to minister holistically. The people are suffering. The barricades and road blocks have literally divided and segregated the country. The provinces and villages depend on Port-Au-Prince for its livelihood. With the many barricades across the island manned by gangs, it is impossible to receive the food supplies from the capital. All of ESMI's food stock is about depleted and the cost of living has doubled in just two months. The cost of food far exceeds the support we receive monthly to care for the children. Pray that God will enable us to continue to provide for those under our care.
4. Pray that God changes the heart of the opposition. Pray for safety. People with some resources have either left the country or are “laying low” as they have become targets because the people are hungry and ready to do whatever they can to take care of themselves. Gangs are going from community to community demanding money. Many of our ESMI leaders have received threats, so pray.
5. Pray for the orphans and widows who can’t help themselves. With the increased cost of living, they will suffer.
6. Pray for industries and small business owners who can not survive and are crying for help. Because of this revolution, they have lost everything. We at ESMI can empathize with the small business owners. ESMI's chicken business will close as over 50% of our layer chickens died from lack of food. The food supply to feed them are stuck in Leogane and unable to get to Jeremie. We have no choice now than to sell or give away whatever chickens are left. It is hard as this provided the needed eggs daily for the orphans and was a source of livelihood for the community.
7. Pray for the health needs of the communities. Medical facilities cannot remain open. They can not receive their needed supplies to care for the people and the staff is afraid to go to work.
8. Pray for Fayeton Children's Center where we are experiencing not only food problem but a serious water problem. We have 116 children at this site. The well dug last month is salty so we continue to truck water to the campus. But with the gas shortage, the cost is now three times what we used to spend and the delivery of water there is limited.
9. Pray for the families in despair. They see the current situation as hopeless. They see no future for their children as schools remain closed. Even families who depend on those in the US are finding it difficult to get the resources as Western Union or Money-Gram operations have limited hours or remain closed. And then there are the barricades and demonstrators limiting where the people can travel.
10. Pray for our pastors in the Reformed Churches of Haiti that God will give us wisdom on how to come alongside our people at this time. We need God's strategy and plan on how to meet the felt needs so that we can reach Haiti with the real need of the Gospel.
This month of October marks three years since the relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew. But today, we are at a loss at how to help our people than to pray for God's hand of mercy to make a break in the current situation. I can empathize with David when he says it better to fall into the hand of God for His mercy is great than into the hand of man (2 Samuel 24:14). We believe, like Rose-Darline, that only God can say a word for Haiti! Pray with us toward that end...
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