Thursday, January 21, 2010

Haiti: The Devastation

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince as well as about a 13 km radius. The lives of Haitians world wide were transformed that day as were the lives of many others who had relatives in Haiti.

This poverty stricken country was already suffering and in great need. Now more so than ever. Then, just eight days later, on January 20, 2010, an after shock measuring 6 on the same scale hit the same affected area.

Donna Carter, a Canadian, arrived in Haiti with a team from Compassion Canada at the time that the earthquake struck. In her blog, A Memorable Journey to Haiti and Back, she describes first hand what occurred.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Could Things Get Any Worse? You Bet!

When things are going wrong and you think that they couldn't get any worse something else happens and you know that they've just gotten worse.

You know that you can no longer work out a solution on your own. You need God's help to get out of it. Not only do you need His help, but you have to rely on Him completly because there is nothing else that you can do. Absolutely nothing.

When satan has caused havoc it causes us to pour our hearts out to God. It drives us to our knees. We are helpless but we are not hopeless.

Perhaps you are someone to rage at God for the mess that has surrounded you. Even so, God hears you. Are you listening to Him?

When our car and van were both out of commission, we were helpless because we had no way to go and collect our daughters from the accident. We live out of the city, and the only buses that travel past our house are school buses. We were left with no choice but to ask our neighbour to drive my husband to the scene of the accident. Fortunately, we've been neighbours for eighteen and half years so we weren't asking a complete stranger.

I remained home, praying and thanking the Lord that our girls were safe and to answer the phone if the girls called again. I also needed to begin making arrangements to get myself to work. It meant asking a couple of other teachers for drives out to our school. More favours to be asked but thankfully they were willing to help me out.

At the scene of the accident, a gracious women offered the warmth of her van to our girls while they waited for the police, ambulance and tow truck to arrive. I am very grateful to this kind hearted stranger who acted like a good Samaritan.

When my husband and neighbour arrived at the scene our girls were gone. The police mentioned that due to our youngest's sore neck and shoulder they were both taken by ambulance to the Children's hospital. A phone call home from my eldest daughter confirmed this. ...So, our kind neighbour drove my husband to the hospital and waited with our daughters.

While they waited, my husband called and asked if I would take some food over to our neighbour's wife, as she is now incapable of cooking for herself and others. I was just beginning to make a stir fry, so I told him it wasn't a problem. Sometimes, cooking brings me comfort and I knew that everyone would be hungry by the time they finished at the hospital. I walked next door and invited our neighbour's wife to join me for supper. Then I walked her back home and continued praying for my family.

A few hours later, they arrived home, hungry, and shook up over the experience. We also invited our neighbour to stay for supper. I told him how thankful I was that he was able to drive my family back home.

An interesting thing. My husband had told me that he had been praying for us to evangelize to our neighbours, through friendship or whatever means God provided.

I believe God answered his prayer, through these events.

After a few days we were able to rent a vehicle and our car's fuel pump was repaired so we were back to two vehciles again. By early Feburary our van should be repaired and road worthy once again.

Living life with hope and holding onto God!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Could Things Really Get Any Worse?

Could things really get any worse? How many of us have asked ourselves this question. I know that I have, a few times in my life. Sometimes it may seem as though Murphy's Law Rules our lives. Everything that could go wrong does go wrong and then we wonder....if things could get worse.

Well...yes, they could and sometimes they do get worse than our existing circumstances. Job must have asked himself this after being told his children had been killed. David must have had similar thoughts when Saul continually attempted to murder him. Adam and Eve must have felt this when Cain murdered Abel. Naomi must have experienced this anguish when her husband and sons died.

God doesn't promise us an easy, carefree life but He does promise to be with us through the good times and the difficult times. Satan is doing his best to turn our hearts away from God and he will do anything to win us over. Satan will use our best of times, to make us feel as though we don't need God. He'll use our worst of times to reject and deny God's existence.

The stronger our faith, the more we love the Lord, the harder he will try.

What have been some of the worst times in my life? We are currently struggling with my spouse out of work and just one income. There are many others in the same situation. Having two vehicles stop working simultaneously is a problem. One of them being due to an accident. We didn't need this added financial stress at this time.