Responding to the Haiti Disaster
Friday, January 15, 2010
The images of the disaster in Haiti are both astonishing and heartbreaking, and the death toll continues to rise. Some are in shock, others are desperate in a dire situation that is growing even more dangerous. Water is running out, aid is slow in coming, medical personnel are in short supply, and armed gangs roam the streets in search of resources to steal. If you want to see how serious the situation is, and how horrific it may yet become, read this post over at the Pyromaniacs blog.
Is the earthquake in Haiti a demonstration of God's judgment? Some think so; others aren't so sure; and still others are appalled at the suggestion. Understandably, our emotions are often out in front when we look into the eyes of human suffering. In times like these, it's especially important to turn to God's Word for answers. John MacArthur's sermon, "Supernatural Lessons from a Natural Disaster," will equip you to answer questions with a biblical perspective, pointing others to the only hope in Jesus Christ. (Click here to listen to John's sermon right now.)
In the meantime, the earthquake has wreaked havoc on a poor country, and there is much to do. The compassion of Christians everywhere has been aroused for the victims of this tragedy, those left homeless, widowed, and orphaned who wander the streets in shock and fear. It's clearly a time for prayer, that law and order would be restored so there is an environment in which search and rescue teams can work, aid workers can distribute food and water, and skilled medical workers can be brought in to treat the wounded.
Even after the initial crisis subsides, many reliable people will still be needed to help the people of Haiti—trustworthy volunteers to distribute food and drinking water; workers to clear rubble, repair the infrastructure, and rebuild; and counselors to help victims and their families adjust to a new reality. In the days, weeks, months, and years to come, Christians can make a tremendous impact in Haiti. How? By partnering with established organizations that have the infrastructure in place to turn donations into practical help—food, water, and other essentials; biblical counsel and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Grace Community Church has an ongoing partnership with Children's Hunger Fund (CHF), a compassion ministry that is unique in being gospel-centered and biblically-minded. Some of CHF's staff and leadership are members of GCC, and a few have been trained at The Master's Seminary. CHF is an efficient and trustworthy organization, having earned the highest possible ratings from MinistryWatch.com and Charity Navigator. Ninety-nine cents of every dollar donated to CHF goes to those who are hurting and in need.
By the providence of God, a CHF team trained Haitian pastors and volunteers in Bible-based mercy ministry just before disaster struck. In conjunction with their trip, they sent a sea-container to Haiti with 1,800 "Food Paks" (containing food, supplies, and aid)—the container arrived the Wednesday before the quake hit. CHF's network of churches, pastors, and counselors, having just been equipped and supplied, is right now on the ground distributing aid and proclaiming the hope of the gospel to a frightened and bewildered nation looking for answers.
CHF has another sea-container, filled wtih bottled water and ermergency food rations, staged and ready to ship from their warehouse in San Antonio, TX; they plan to send at least ten more cargo containers in the immediate future. From offices and warehouses in San Antonio and Los Angeles, CHF is already engaged in a coordinated effort with its network of churches in Haiti and the Dominican Republic to provide help and hope to the victims in Haiti.
You can help CHF fill and ship these containers fulll of aid, and you can support CHF and its network of churches, pastors, and counselors in several ways—pray for CHF and its efforts; give to CHF; and connect CHF with donors and resources. Take advantage of this opportunity to show Christian compassion. All the details are at the CHF home page.
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#1 Posted by
Carla Baker | Friday, January 15, 2010at
The providence of the Almighty is truly at work in noting that even before disaster struck, CHF was operating under His will by their presence, through equipping the saints, in bringing daily and incidental needs, and now, in preparing for phases of assistance to the Haitian nation. The Lord is truly full of grace and mercy in His provision. Our Heavenly Father is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient as pastor MacArthur has pointed out in his teaching.
#2 Posted by
Steve Orozco | Friday, January 15, 2010at
I pray that the people of Haiti will turn to the Lord in their hour of need and increase the body of Christ. I pray for all our Christian brothers & sisters who were their during this catastrophic earthquake and that they were able to bring comfort to a hurting nation. In Jesus name, amen! :)
#3 Posted by
Charles Shanks | Friday, January 15, 2010at
I ask God as I write these words to burden our hearts to use this oppurtunity to pray and witness and show love through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Pray for those suffering and also those who sacrificed and went to help the wounded and dying.These people who need our help are priceless
and make up a part of the Great Commission to us.In Christ name Amen
#4 Posted by
Renny Acheampong | Saturday, January 16, 2010at
May The Lord show mercy on Haiti. Let's keep on praying for them. Let us pray that The Holy Spirit will, during this moment minister Salvation unto the people of Haiti.
People!! Do any of you think that this is a connection to Bible prophecy??.. I now we all know the answer.. just trying to raise a topic for discussion .:):)..
#5 Posted by
Douglas Mollett | Saturday, January 16, 2010at
I don't know why bad things happens all over the world, only that its a lost and dying world and people all over the globe need Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul mentioned in Romans 8:18-23 that all of creation is groaning, it says in verse 21 that creation is waiting to be delivered from the bondage of corruption. I am trying to tread carefully here, because i heard the remarks of Pat Robertson recently and i do not in anyway condemn the Haiti people, and i pray that the LORD will use this oppurtunity to bring souls into His kingdom. May God bless you Renny.
#6 Posted by
Nicola Steenkamp | Saturday, January 16, 2010at
Renny, its a difficult one to raise discussion on without covering other incidences such as the tsunami, devastation caused by hurricanes in the US, droughts in Ethiopia, scandalous activity gone unhindered in Zimbabwe and SA against white farmers and African people, Idi Amin the list is absolutely endless since the Eve bit the apple "so to speak". Yeah its all got to do with prophecy because ""sin"" in its entirety = death. What is experienced in the world is a result of it, is like that, until Jesus returns to destroy it for all eternity.
#7 Posted by
Deborah Bradford | Saturday, January 16, 2010at
RENNY, NINE YEARS AGO WE WERE RUNNNG DOWN THE STREETS OF NEW YORK, INJURED, WOUNDED, AND COVERED WITH DUST. WE ALL NEED JESUS CHRIST.
#8 Posted by
Renny Acheampong | Sunday, January 17, 2010at
yeah.. hmmm.. we eagerly await the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. :)
#9 Posted by
Deborah Bradford | Sunday, January 17, 2010at
Yes...We must make sure we abide in Christ and the Holy Spirit and His love abides in us when He does return.
#10 Posted by
Darla Wormuth | Tuesday, January 19, 2010at
Nothing touches our lives that does not first pass through the hands of God.
*Not my original statement, but I cannot remember who said this. Therefore I am unable to give credit or able to accept credit.
#11 Posted by
Wayne Credle, Sr | Wednesday, January 20, 2010at
Greeetings and Blessings to all and especially those involved with the diaster in Haiti and elsewhere!.
We've long ceased to embarassed by the local televangelist in southeast Virginia citing erroneous data concerning satannic worship concertaing Haitians; Paul said 'such were you..'
We were going to make a sacrificial donation through the normal channels and indeed others were going to send donations via cellular phones. I'm always grateful that my delay was none other than the Holy Spirit directing us as to how to assist through a faith-based organism-nor merely organization, that will not only provide physical assistance, but also provide opportunities to save souls after the physical body is long gone and the diaster(s) are diminished and forgotten.
As stated above, they were there BEFORE the diaster, certainly they are there during today's aftershock and will be there afterwards, glorifying GOD.
We will, through our prayers and donations, be with them as well. How about YOU?
Faith and Prayers Always, Wayne
#12 Posted by
Kim Eriksen | Friday, January 22, 2010at
this is my first time posting and i pray God be merciful to the people of hati an those ministring to them
also America needs to turn back to God!!!thanks John MacArthur for your teaching i can only listen online and i am on your mailing list and appreciate everything you send..God Bless those who reach out to others to show them the need for out Lord Jesus Christ. Have a Blessed Weekend:)
#13 Posted by
Marie Lambert | Friday, January 22, 2010at
I am from Haiti and have most of my family there right now. I have been asked many times about whether or not I believe that the disaster is judgment from God. I have heard many comments made from both believers and non-believers. I thank you pastor John MacArthur for always clarifying the Word of God for us so that we can make a biblical judment and understand why things happen in the world. I appreciate your ministry so much and I am so thankful for all of your teachings.
May God continue to bless you and your ministry.
#14 Posted by
Lynda Hellen | Friday, January 22, 2010at
I know this will sound selfish or in some way what people will think badly of me for but I have to say it. I wonder about people Christian and non-Christian alike that help people like those in Haiti and other places overseas. Why do they choose to help these people and not those right in their own backyards. I needed help and requested it from a church. They wouldn't help me because they said I was an inactive member. I was not asking for money. I wanted friends and physical help because I had cancer and no one to help me. Other churches didn't want to help me because I wasn't a member of their church. In 2 years I will be on the street because my insurance will stop paying me. What about the people right here on skid row. Some of them didn't ask to be there. I didn't ask for cancer. Does God lead people to help some and not others? Can a Christian be homeless? It will be even more difficult to be on the streets with a walker and a colostomy. Before I got sick I had a good job. I have paid my taxes and helped others. I have no one. I can't and won't live on the streets. Life is hopeless to me. No one cares about me. There I have said it. Respond how you want.
#15 Posted by
Steve Orozco | Friday, January 22, 2010at
Where do you go to church? It's really sad to here what has transpired with you. I do see your point and it is sad to see that not even our own government will help its' own people, but dole out billions for other countries. Part of it is politics. Have you gone to a local social services office to see if they can help you? There are programs like Cash Aid, Food Stamps and Medi-Cal that could help you out. If they can't help you they will refer you to a place that can. What part of Los Angeles do you live in? Let me know what happens? i will be praying for you. God Bless You! :)
#16 Posted by
Chris Lane | Friday, January 22, 2010at
What you are saying is very valid. We as Christians seem more eager to help those in foreign lands than people in their own backyard - disasters such as Haiti have us reaching for our wallets by reflex, but we drive past beggars in our own streets, ignore pleas for help by those such as yourself. And this is a worldwide phenomenon. There are those Christians that reflect the glory of God in love and compassion - I pray that people such as these will find you.
#17 Posted by
Charles Shanks | Saturday, January 23, 2010at
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#18 Posted by
Travis Allen | Saturday, January 23, 2010at
I don't mean to diminish your own personal tragedy in any way, but people may seem quicker to notice and respond to Haiti-type disasters because of the difference in scale. I don't know what you've read about the situation down there, but the number of dead (100,000 and counting), the widescale destruction of the infrastructure, the lack of essential resources, the violence, the orphans wandering the streets, all the accompanying challenges--and all of it happening at the same time--the situation demands attention, awakens compassion, and calls for an appropriate humanitarian response. There's nothing hypocritical about that; it's actually quite appropriate.
That's not to say those who ignore the poor and infirm in our midst are excused; the Lord will hold everyone accountable, and He sees everything. He's also able to see your situation, and if you belong to Him, He sees and cares for your situation too..."casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you" (1 Pet. 5:7).
If you're looking for a good church in your area, you might try the pastor search feature at The Master's Seminary website. Remember, no church is perfect--they are populated with redeemed sinners. But with time and good teaching from God's Word, "redeemed" increasingly eclipses "sinners."
#19 Posted by
Warren Hewko | Saturday, January 23, 2010at
this is my first time responding ,we are so blessed to have pastor and teacher john macarthur,to see the truth of God word and the living word thru our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ , to we all as true called genuine born again believers, to the call of God will for our lives , and perserver,and keep trusting and keep Himm for front in all God does,for His Glory and purpose and rare ,growing and pruning and shaping and transforming in all our ares of week ness and helpless ness, thru our Savior,Jesus Christ our Lord and Sovereign ruler, i encourage to all a excellent book i bought thru a Sola Scripturia Conference in my area it help me to get rid of the its not fair attituide. the author is Wayne Mack and Pastor John made a comment on the book( quote wonderful insight and clarity).it went hand in hand with all thats is going on and the situstion in Haiti, i hope some of you will check this book out ,full of God teaching in these days of trials and futures days to come ,and not taken away from the most important instruction book of all in truth, the most purest book ,the Revelation of Gods word.,my prayers go out to my Brother and Sisters in the Lord in Haiti, to help with building, bring food ,and medical attention,water helping,to bring families to- gether, and using the opportunties to explain to the people who dont know our Lord ,and show them thru Gods word about how sin came into the world and how the world was cursed with it , and show the hope we have in turning away from our selves and our wordlly idols and come with a repentent heart and ask for forgiveness and allow Jesus to take control of our lives and teach us the way to live and to give all Glory back to God,with the help of the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and to see His mercy and Grace and keeping them alive and still here to come to him and escape the eternal deth of hell and come to Him and seek His Kingdom ot for ever and ever Heaven joy, that were the true party is. In Christ Warren
#20 Posted by
Warren Hewko | Sunday, January 24, 2010at
will be keeping you in prayer Lynda and use the pastors site that travis recommended and will pray that the Lord will lead you to a solid bible teaching church,and yes there is no perfect church ,but will pray that the pastor and leadership will have dicerment not only understanding Gods word but applying it in there lives as well.and reach out to brothers and sisters in need and give encouragement with kindess . compassionate and the Love .of our Lord that is in there hearts.. my family had a situtation many years ,in a church that we used to attend,and we were baby new believers,,a family there were going thru stuff .we all did pray but all the pray we do if action is not applyied it is nothing.(james2:14-18),Lynda, that church that did not help ,keep them in prayer,always remember God using these to correct us refine us and teach us how to respond,we are not perfect ,we are all growing daly. in Christ Warren