“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
North American mission teams have often returned from Haiti with plans to “improve” their life; ministry, medical, transportation and housing in a third world country. We are a well-educated, well-meaning culture that sadly often imposes our “improvements” on other cultures without considering the affects that our “improvement” will have in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ. The attached photo is of a first class school kitchen by Haitian standards and this is modern compared to many that I have seen in the countryside homes. This kitchen doesn’t need any “improvements” from North America. It doesn’t need a generator to power a can opener and a microwave.
Haiti needs Jesus!!! Too often our ways are not His ways, our thoughts are not His thoughts and our support is not what our Triune God desires for Haiti. Feeding children attending Christian schools in Haiti is way too simple for many or our mission minds in North America to wrap their ‘experienced’ knowledge around. They would prefer to construct houses for a privileged few, purchase vehicles for the select and ship North American supplies to people who have no way of receiving and safely storing them and dispensing them. Haiti needs Jesus Christ!!! Feed a child for a quarter with food purchased in Haiti and send them into the mission field of Haiti.
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