This happens in lots of spaces for me – in my work, my writing .. and in my faith. I'm hoping that anyone I know will find something to grasp hold of in these next 10 or so days.. and be motivated to do or give or contribute. My friends in the business and social media world who are so generous and compassionate, and those within faith circles – Christian, Muslim and otherwise. I'm sharing my story and the stories I know we're going to find for the hope of restoring a group of people. To give you something of the stories I want to tell – here are a few words from Isaiah, one of the greater poets of the ancient Scriptures.
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
I think part of the reason I'm going to Haiti is that the greatest story there – the biggest story, is still unfolding.
Even here in New Zealand, people are still aware of the ongoing crisis – local businesses have held fundraising charity auctions to raise awareness and funds to contribute to the cause. (Both Gianpaolo Grazioli & Jason Bryant were among the first to encourage me to come on this trip and offer their help and support).
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10646293 I'm going with Adventures in Mission, a mission-based organization that have been working in Haiti with the local church for many years.
But this isn't just a mission/christian/church story…. although for me that's where it starts. It's a story about how the face of global concern is changing, about how we can work directly in restoring and rebuilding local communities.
It's an opportunity for locals to be at the forefront of rebuilding their own places… directly from the words of Isaiah 58. For me, regardless of religious affiliation – this story of Haiti will define a generation's response to world crisis in the same way that the Ethiopian famine did in the 80s. My hope is that you will join in the storytelling with me – as so many of you already have.