I stepped into the elevator on my way to serve in the high school ministry. A beautiful young lady wearing a bright yellow dress rode with me to the fourth floor. I asked her name and how she and her family had fared during the hurricane.
“I still haven’t heard from my mom or anyone from her side of the family,” she responded.
Her family lives in Haiti.
I was left speechless.
This past week could have gone any number of ways.
If I lived in Haiti, I could have lost what little material possessions I had and loved ones who could have drowned or been buried by mud and rubble.
If the storm had wobbled only slightly westward, I could have had major damage to my home and personal property and even my life and those of the people I love could have been put at risk.
If I lived further up the coast of the sunshine state, I could have lost almost everything because of a storm surge.
If FPL and those in law enforcement and first responders had not been so very diligent about repairs, response, and vigilance, I could have been in danger since our normally guarded community was without gates and almost the entire island was vacant. Thankfully, we BARELY lost power and when we ventured out briefly before the storm, all we saw was various law enforcement agencies on the road.
We were able to purchase food ahead of the storm. We have shutters on a concrete block home that has a cement tiled roof. And even if all of that failed, we have house insurance, home insurance, and even life insurance. Even in the worst circumstances, we are blessed.
So many in Haiti did not survive the same storm that grazed our shores. Thousands upon thousands of others may never recover. What little they had is lost. The lack of infrastructure that makes relief efforts in Haiti nearly impossible can many times be taken for granted in the hearts of Americans who have 911, first responders, law enforcement, and civil servants that are out the very next morning clearing roads and making repairs.
Pray for Haiti.
Thank God for the “basics” we all take for granted.
Make an actionable reaction of gratitude for the goodness of God in your own life by making a donation here that will #helphaiti in their recovery. Every penny collected from 10/10- 10/20 will go directly to help those in need in the poorest country of our hemisphere.
Missionary Flights International will be flying aid and food to Haiti and with the money donated here, Believe With Me will purchase food and supplies and deliver it directly to Missionary Flights. No worries that your gift will go to administration, overhead, or someone’s back pocket– your hard earned money will go directly to those most in need in devastated Haiti. Every $5, $10, or $25 donation will make a difference!