19 February 2009

People in Darkness, and the Light


I don't know why this picture moves me so, but it does. Maybe God is growing in us the deep love for the people of Haiti that we've been praying for--I hope so. Talking to people when we're out on deputation, I am often left with the feeling that there's concern about what a dark place Haiti is. They're worried about us, and how we'll cope with the poverty and the lack of "necessities" like electricity. And it's true that it's a dark place...but that's where people need the Light. As our Hero said, "It's not well people who need a doctor--it's sick people." We aren't carrying God to Haiti--He already lives there, and He's working in people's hearts to free them from the oppression of sin. And to that end, we will also work. And we will get discouraged and tired and frustrated by the darkness at times, so we do need your prayers. But we are thankful for the chance to go to Haiti, because there's work to do, and we're called to do it.

"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. Brethren, pray for us."

1 Thess 5:16-25 NASU
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3 comments:

  1. This is one of the most profound and eloquent essays on missionary work that I've seen! I especially like the statement, "We aren't carrying God to Haiti--He already lives there, and He's working in people's hearts to free them from the oppression of sin. And to that end, we will also work."

    Love,
    Dad :-)

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  2. Great post. Thanks!
    I'll be praying for you guys!

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  3. Thanks, Dad--but I did learn that idea from Rob Bell. He goes on to say that missionaries should think of themselves as tour guides, pointing out where God is already at work, rather than carriers. Because as he says, "God is really heavy."

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