“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness; in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior.” Titus 1:1-3
Holy Week is here and it is celebrated much differently in Haiti than it is here in the U.S. In Haiti the very public, highly visible vodou celebrations begin on Fat Tuesday and then proceed through each weekend and culminate on Easter Sunday. Groups of vodou followers gather in large groups and follow their vodou priest or priestess through the streets of hamlets, villages and cities reminding the Christians that the devil defeated Christ on Good Friday and nothing to see on Easter. They don’t understand why Christians still follow a dead person whose bones are still buried in a tomb. This group of vodou followers were marching up the street by my apartment in Petionville on a Saturday morning and unless each of these people reject the lies of vodou and repent and look to our Risen Savior and believe in His Resurrection…then there is no happy ending for them.
We all love a happy ending and that is what our Triune God gave us through His Son, Jesus; a happy ending to our sin filled life. We don’t deserve it, can’t possibly do enough to earn it and we don’t need to as Jesus paid the price for us and also for these hopeless lives following the greatest liar this world has ever seen. There are 24,000 Haitian children who are learning more and more about our Triune God every day and becoming physically stronger through their Trinity/HOPE and are being called to expose the liar that is lurking in their home, neighborhoods and in the streets throughout Haiti. Their message; Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and He reigns on high; repent and believe!!! He is Risen…He is Risen indeed!!!
Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
May God be with you…Jay