To sum up: For the last month I’ve been focused on responding to the situation in Haiti. If it’s seemed obsessive as a blog topic, there are three reasons why:
1. It’s the greatest natural disaster of our time – God’s people need to rise up.
2. God has spoken to me about it personally and to those in AIM’s ministry corporately.
3. The spiritual awakening underway is unprecedented in my experience.
AIM will focus on partnering American churches with Haitian churches. We have large networks of both and the staff to serve them well. Let me encourage you, you have a lot to gain by being involved. We Americans and our churches need to experience the spillover of the Spirit currently flowing through Haiti. Please read the blog
about this if you haven’t yet.
AIM Haiti already has about 10 staff members, have run several relief projects and set up several venues for future mission projects. We’ve bought and delivered tens of thousands of dollars worth of foods and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of medicines. We’ve adopted a couple of tent communities and many churches.
Within the next few months, we should have four times that number of staff, a large number of volunteers, a base, and we’re hoping for hundreds of church-to-church partnerships (you can see staff members Geftay and Obed inputting pastors in the database). We need people who will go for any length of time – a week to six months to coordinate relief efforts, pastoral relationships, community development, and mission projects.
We want to serve the Haitian church as it follows God’s leading in the years to come. We are preparing to make a long-term investment. We want to assist in developing new communities and in growing the body of Christ in Haiti, especially through discipleship ministries. We expect to see hundreds of new churches planted as the revival gains momentum.
God will build his church there and doesn’t need us, but he is offering us the chance to partner with him in something that may be one of the spiritual highlights of our lives. I’m going to reach out to my personal friends and supporters and try to pull together a team of them to go with me this spring. Consider doing that with some of your friends or with your church.
A number of you have already responded. Let me invite you to write me if you’re asking God, “what should I do?” Or talk to an AIM staff person about one of our trips
. Our team will try to help plug you in somewhere.