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.
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.