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Watching God work in Haiti

Have you ever been in the midst of something that God was doing – watching it unfold almost in slow motion? You want to hold your breath, because your rational mind says, “What’s happening now is supernatural, so don’t do anything to mess it up.” It’s an awesome and holy thing.   Well, …
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
Have you ever been in the midst of something that God was doing – watching it unfold almost in slow motion? You want to hold your breath, because your rational mind says, “What’s happening now is supernatural, so don’t do anything to mess it up.” It’s an awesome and holy thing.
 
Well, that’s how I feel about his guidance in our response to the earthquake in Haiti.
 
Having seen him work powerfully as we responded to other calamities (most recently, Hurricane Katrina), my faith has grown. And so, what’s happening now has the smell of familiarity to it. I’ve got a tingle of recognition – my experience has disarmed my natural cynicism.
 
Ironically, though Haitians need food, water and medicine, at this point the issue is not supply, it’s distribution. The food and the medical supplies pile up on palates on the Port-au-Prince docks, but it’s not getting in the mouths and bodies of those who need it. We need networks of people we trust and we need trucks that get stuff to the people.

So, along with a lot of other NGOs, AIM staff have been looking and
looking for a trustworthy network of pastors through which we can distribute donations. They are out there, eager to be a part of God’s answer to Haiti’s crisis. God just needs to connect us.

It
turns out there is one church of 10,000 members with perhaps the
strongest reputation for holistic ministry in Port-au-Prince. Located in
Carrefour (epicenter of the earthquake), Gospel Light Chapel is an
independent church that has been leading the way in reaching out to the
community and connecting many other churches.

Last Sunday, 500
people accepted Christ at their service. They are seeing revival. And we were asking the question, “How can we connect with a church like this?” Usually it might take months of networking.

Frankly, where I’m at now, Gainesville, GA, is a remote place from which to network. But this week God showed off. Would you believe that the manager of the company that does our mailings here in Gainesville is married to the son of the pastor of
Gospel Light Chapel? He’s Jimmy Maisonneuve and he grew up in this
church. This week they showed up in our office to offer their help.

They couldn’t be more excited about the partnership. After calling his father, the church is throwing open their doors to house us and help us. And this morning Jimmy and his wife Brooks Anne felt God calling them to join us in presenting our vision of uniting the pastors in re-fathering their nation to the churches of Port-au-Prince. It’s all God’s grace and his plan. It’s his chariot racing by, and I’ve gotten caught up in it’s wheels.
 
So, I’m holding my breath. I’m on the edge of my seat watching God work. I have vowed not to sin through unbelief. Miracles are unfolding in real time as grim reality sees the kingdom come. Stay tuned and watch God show off.

Comments (14)

  • WOW WOW WOW!!! Oh hahaha… I just love it! God, really? His son! Hahaha… Fabulous blog, Seth, as it is increasing my faith as well. And thank you so much for putting this: I have vowed not to sin through unbelief: as I want my conviction to be the same!

  • Hey Seth,
    Thanks for sharing what the Lord is and going to do. We will trust and pray for you and staff as God continues to reveal HIS great and mighty plan. The Lord loves a cheerful giver. May HIS grace be with you all. Love and prayers..The Bullers in Minnesota..by the way..thanks for calling the house a bit ago..

  • Anna Coffey *WR Alumni (Jan ’09)*

    Haiti, which was considered a dark country for so long is magnifying God’s light for the world to see… AMEN!

    This is a wonderful story of our awesome God. I love when He shows off… LOL!

    GOD IS SO GOOD!

  • WOW! WOW!! WOW!!! This is amazing.

    What an awesome God. He alone could have orchestrated this and indeed, this is from the foundation of the World. Or how else can we explain Jimmy’s entrance into the Scene at this critical stage. What do we say of the willing surrender of himself and his darling wife, Brook Anne answering God’s call “…to join us in presenting our vision of uniting the pastors in re-fathering their nation to the churches of Port-au-Prince.”

    I bow in Worship of this Ruler of the Universe. I have goose bumps Seth. Thank God for all things and thank you for giving God the desired Platform to “show off”

  • I have goosebumps too ! I cant wait to hear how this all unfolds . God is so good to us ! I will be praying for you and the team.

  • Wow!! It is an awesome, hold your breath, kind of thing.

    “For the gospel does not come by word only but by the power of the Holy Spirit”…

    May the one true Living God continue to be glorified in Haiti!!

  • Our God is awesome! Can’t wait to hear the next part of the story… and will continue to pray for God’s Kingdom to come everywhere and esp. in Haiti right now through more amazing displays of His power!

    In the midst of darkness, light shines more brightly. Praying that in the midst of such a tragedy that God’s love and healing power breaks through to His dearly beloved people of Haiti, and works through this nation to bring others around the world to bow at the feet of Christ as well.

    Thank you to all the staff at AIM for loving the Haitians not just in words but in action. Will stand in prayer here at home and hope to GO to Haiti later too.

  • I love it when God so clearly confirms that He is willing to use us for His glory. Doubt be bound – God’s Army is moving in & taking over Haiti like a breath of fresh air!

  • This is indeed exciting. I have been following the activities in Haiti. And it is obvious that distribution is the pressing need. There are many well meaning groups sending money and groups down there. Wish there was some sort of clearing house/central support that would guide all this support where it is needed most. I beleive the partnering with an existing local church or organization has the best opportunity for real impact. Great news Seth…your group is moving forward in a smart way

  • Awesome. HE is awesome. We have been led to Petit Goave and our friends, to Leogane, and AIM, to Carrefour. Just awesome…did I say that our GOD is an awesome God? 🙂

  • Love this! Especially the fact that a MAILING brought it about – hahaha! “Direct mail is not dead” takes on new meaning with the Spirit in control, eh? Love it when God shows up and shows off… may He do so in Haiti and many other places as well. Keep believing!

  • 🙂 We just cannot fathom what God has planned or how He will accomplish His work, but we can know He is faithful and will do it. How wonderful, how marvelous…!

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