What if it is was your children who had no food to eat, no clothes to wear, no medical treatment, and you had no hope of getting these things for them? Would your prayer not be that God would send somebody to alleviate the pain and the suffering of an empty stomach, a tooth ache or a parasite infestation so bad that worms are coming out your child’s nose? We live in the greatest country on the planet earth. We have or we can at least get most of our needs met. We often ask the question, “Have you had anything to eat today?” How our hearts hurt when they simply shake their heads and say, “No.” Sometimes they survive on just a piece of bread or a piece of sugar cane.
The question in your mind might be, “What can I do?” I cannot tell you what to do. If I could tell everyone what they should do, then we would all pick up all those boys and girls in our arms and bring them home with us. We know that is not possible. Only Jesus can impact your heart and mine with what we can do to help. Not everybody can leave their job and go to Haiti, but everyone can pray and everyone can give something. Everyone can encourage or help sponsor those who God does allow to go and minister among the boys and girls. Maybe you are a business man, a doctor, a dentist, a nurse or someone else who has been saved by the grace of Jesus Christ through faith, and your heart has been touched to go see for yourself. Trips are made several times a year. We would love to have you join a team.
In Proverbs we find Solomon’s words of wisdom regarding our treatment of the poor.
Proverbs 21:13, “Whosoever stopped his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.”
Proverbs 28:27, “He that giveth to the poor shall not lack; but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.”
As the sun rose in the Caribbean nation of Haiti this morning, so it will set in the evening with many boys and girls lying on dirt floors in mud huts with empty stomachs and no hope. We, as God’s people, must meet the challenge to give hope to these people spiritually and physically.