I am sure you all have been praying for all the people in Haiti. Whenever some disaster hits or even if one (or more) of my friends is going through a hard time I always have this urge to help. This urge to drive to Arkansas to take care of a dear friend and her family as they survive through a hard pregnancy. An urge to write a check to a family that needs it. And an urge to fly a plane myself and go pick up all those children in Haiti. It’s obvious all of these desires are unrealistic. The one thing I can do is pray. Which, if I’m honest, used to seem like the second best thing to do – like, “well, since I can’t do this I guess I’ll just pray.” But it is not JUST praying. And it is NOT second best. It is the BEST thing I can do. I have really fallen in love with praying for people. And not just, “please, be with the people in Haiti,” but specific things. It is good to pray specifics. The Lord hears our prayers. So I want to share a couple of specifics things you could be praying about in regards to the Haiti earthquake. The first is cut from an e-mail received from our church. The parents of one of our church members runs an orphanage in Haiti. I have left out names because I didn’t know if it was okay to post them.
“We have one nanny that is deceased and the orphanage needs her body to be removed.
The orphanage has no drinkable water.
In addition they need:
formula for babies
IV fluids (one child is currently on an IV)
charcoal to cook
cash to buy supplies if they find them. They are running out of cash and there are no banks open to get cash, so it needs to be delivered by someone already on the ground or by helicopter.
Others are beginning to rob them of what supplies they do have.
There are helicopters flying over the orphanage and they have made a sign on the roof that says they are an orphanage and need help.
The staff is also working to get together all the paperwork for each child that has an adoptive family in a way that it can be attached to their body if there is an opportunity to evacuate.”
Since this e-mail we have received word that they have received help from the Salvation Army and that 30 UN soldiers arrived. Praise God! I am still not sure of the evacuation of the children. Please keep this orphanage in your prayers.
Another specific request come through a friend who sent an e-mail on behalf of a family in her city. Again not knowing what I can share I will simply share this.
There is a 12 year old boy that legally belongs to a family in Arkansas. He was supposed to be with them 6 months ago. But the system is corrupt. They have received word that he survived. Please pray that he will be found and united with his family in the States.
Thank you all for your prayers. Now, please leave a comment if you know of specific ways we can be praying for the people of Haiti. May His Kingdom be furthered!
Edited to add: The 12 year old boy is now with his parents! Thank you for your prayers.