Life preserver.

“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.  The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.  The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,” 1 Corinthians 2:13-15 

Back in the day, I recall hearing a message from Pastor Ken Klaus with the Lutheran Hour titled “Refusing Rescue” and this title has been with me for quite some time.  He talked about the construction of the Kariba Dam between Zambia and Zimbabwe and how building of this structure displaced close to 60,000 people from both countries.  The people knew what was happening and even though they might not have liked the project they understood that they would have to move.   

The bigger problem was that the animals didn’t understand what was about to happen, the flood was coming and it would not cease until their territory was under a lot of water.  With the flood gates closed, a team of animal rescuers came together to rescue the antelope, leopard, elephants, the buffalo, the rhinoceros; all the animals from their shrinking islands being overtaken by the coming flood.  They didn’t understand the dam, appreciate the rising water and resisted the efforts of their well-meaning rescuers. 

The attached photo is of a vodou temple Northwest of St. Marc and sadly these temples are a haven where over 65% of the population of Haiti seek help from the rising waters, the problems caused by satan, bad government, disease, angry neighbors.  They seek assistance from the vodou priest to call upon their evil spirits to rescue them from the rising waters.  The vodou priest insists that Jesus Christ died on the cross and was buried and satan was victorious…period.  The vodou followers march through the cities and rural roads proclaiming victory for satan on Easter.  Refusing rescue. 

We have the Holy Spirit, and need to share good news, the truth, with those who are sadly following the loser, the liar and the louse of this world.  God sent a rescuer into this world, His Son our Savior, and Christ gave us a commissioning to go and make disciples throughout the world.  Thank you for following His call to throw the only life preserver to the lost in Haiti that will save, by promoting Christian education through your generous donation to Trinity/HOPE.  They will pass the life preserver to the lost, who have been and are continuing to refuse to be rescued.  Thank you for helping them to reach out to the lost, those who have not heard the truth, those who have resisted being rescued because they believed the lies of satan. 

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