Praying For Paudler

Paudler is one of two children my wife and I sponsor through Compassion Canada. Paudler lives in Haiti.

It has been more than a week since the devastation began in Haiti as the result of a 7.0 earthquake. I continue to be stunned and saddened by the reports I’m hearing—tens of thousands, possibly over a hundred thousand perished from this disaster.

I gave it a few days before I emailed Compassion Canada to see if there was any news on Paudler. The reply I received was prompt, but sobering, “we do not have any news about specific sponsor children”. Five thousand Haitian children are sponsored through Compassion.

The coverage of this disaster in the media has been extensive, to say the least, on topics ranging from the history of Haiti, to the logistical challenges of dispersing aid, to the strategies for rebuilding, to the role of God and faith. And since I am not a historian, a medical expert, or an engineer, I will confine my comments to the latter subject.

God is not absent from this disaster. He is not a helpless bi-stander. Jesus reminds us of the constant care of our Heavenly Father when He asks, “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father” (Matthew 10:29). The disaster in Haiti did not catch God by surprise.

What shall we conclude then? Many are asking, “Why Haiti?”, “Does God hate Haiti?”. Very few of the answers to these questions I have come across have been helpful. One answer in particular, from a well-known televangelist, was outrageously insensitive. But I did come across one article written by Albert Mohler Jr. that I found to be both theologically sound and hope-inspiring.

Mohler answers:

(if God) hated Haiti, there would be no missionaries there; there would be no aid streaming to the nation; there would be no rescue efforts—there would be no hope.

The earthquake in Haiti, like every other earthly disaster, reminds us that the creation is groaning under the weight of sin and the judgment of God. This is true for every cell in our bodies, even as it is for the crust of the earth at every point in the globe. The entire cosmos is awaiting the revelation of the glory of the coming Lord. Creation cries out for the hope of New Creation.

In other words, the earthquake reminds us that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only real hope. The cross of Christ declares that Jesus loves Haiti—and the Haitian people are the objects of His love. Christ would have us show the Haitian nation His love, and share His Gospel. In the midst of this unspeakable tragedy…Christ’s people must do everything we can to alleviate the suffering, bind up the wounded, and comfort the grieving.

In the words of one of the Canadian missionaries, working on the front lines of medical relief in Haiti, “now is the body of Christ’s time to shine.”

As we continue to pray for the Haitian people—as I continue to pray for my sponsor child, Paudler, I’m reminded to also pray for the myriad of Christian missionaries in Haiti who haven’t left their post, and who continue to provide assistance and relief for those in need.  To them I say, “Thank you for shining the light of Christ so brightly.”

4 thoughts on “Praying For Paudler

  1. Good stuff, Bryn…
    All I can come up with on the topic of the Haiti quake (and aftershocks) is: ????????
    My brother went there on a humanitarian trip with church friends a year ago to roll up his sleeves and help build some much needed shelters. Hopefully they’re still standing.
    My 5 year old asked me the other day if it’s true that God has the whole world in His hands. “Yes, of course”….however, my mind then drifted to Haiti….
    This hurts. I’m in my comfortable home in Canada and it hurts. I can’t even imagine the horror of actually being one of the 3 million (or more) broken, devastated, feeling forsaken quake victims.
    I close my eyes and pray for the hearts, minds, health & strength of the surviving people in Haiti and also for Christians everywhere who are struggling with this, including me.

  2. Hi Carolyn,
    Thank you for sharing your comments and, as always, for your support and encouragement!

    While we can’t entirely “get our heads around” what has happened, and is happening, in Haiti—we have a God who is entirely trustworthy. Our hope is in Him!

  3. Just got this email from Compassion–so thankful!

    Dear Bryn & Allison,
    We wanted to take an opportunity to give you an update on the status of your sponsored child in Haiti.

    As you may know, Compassion’s relief and assessment teams have been working tirelessly for the last month to locate and assist children and families devastated by the largest earthquake the region has experienced in over 200 years. In that time, we have all been anxiously awaiting news on each of the Compassion-assisted children that have been affected.

    While we do not have specific information on your child at this time, we have learned that Paudler’s project has not been affected.

    What does this mean?
    Your child’s project is located outside of the official “impact zone” and has not reported any deaths or serious injuries to children or damage to any church facilities or children’s homes.

    We will continue to keep you up-to-date as we learn more and thank you for your continuing prayers for the people of Haiti. You can keep up-to-date on all of Compassion’s recovery efforts at http://www.compassion.ca, as well as assist in the recovery efforts by giving at http://www.compassion.ca/helphaiti.

    Sincerely,
    Compassion’s Sponsor Donor Services

  4. Good to know that it appears the specific child you know and sponsor wasn’t located in that impact zone … Psalm 118:1!! Blessings, G

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>