March 2019 Prayer request
This month, in lieu of a Reflection from the Rector, I want to draw your attention to a very important prayer request. This is a note from JoyDawn Miller, the liaison to our mission work in Haiti. I am continually grateful for her work that connects us to Tabitha's Orphanage and the Apparent Project, and I am so grateful for your generosity. It is so important that when we do the work of the gospel, we think of people in our church, in the greater community of Ada, in the nation, and people throughout the world. I thank God for JoyDawn in my prayers, as she keeps us aware of the prayer needs for this community that we love and support. Please commit Haiti to your prayers.
I am requesting your prayers for Haiti. Many demonstrations (against the government) have been violent and have left most of the country shut down and stuck in their homes. This story is taking place in Haiti today, but it is a universal story of mankind. A story of people, power, resources, and community. When a few people with power control the resources, the community bears the burden.
If you want to be a help to Haiti, fall on your knees and pray. Not a chastising prayer against cultural practices that you don’t understand, rather a prayer for compassion, human dignity, and sense of community between the bourgeois and the poor to prevail. Pray that Haitian politicians would see the majority of the population that lives in desperate poverty as a highly valuable asset that is worthy of fighting for, not taking advantage of. Pray that those opposing the government (the whole government, not just the president) would seek peaceful ways to work together to create the changes necessary for the country to move forward.
Haiti is a country filled with people who work hard, harder than you can imagine. It is a country filled with beauty, strength, resilience, creativity, kindness, and community. This is its richness. Let us stand together and pray for our Apparent Project staff, students, and their families; for the community in Delmas 75, near where we work; Cap Haitien; Tabitha's Orphanage; for the city of Port-au-Prince and all who live there; and for the country as a whole.
Haiti, we love you, we hear your cries, and we stand together with you.