Monday, April 4, 2011
Good News from Haiti...
This past week, my 16 year old son, Ethan, and I had the privilege of going to Haiti for a few days and work with our BGR team there. We spent a few days building homes for Haitian families in our "Rebuild Haiti" project and a lot of time in meetings and touring some of the communities where we have been working for over a year.
It was a wonderful trip. We were able to work alongside Haitian community members who were excited about seeing the new homes going up in their communities. Moreover, it was as if we were witnessing a transformation of some of the communities whereby they were not only getting new homes but dignity and pride in what they, Haitians, were being able to accomplish.
I thought about BGR's vision to see, "...people experiencing a full and meaningful life with hope and peace that inspires them to raise their families in confidence, build their communities with dignity and share this life with others." And I thought, "this is what we are seeing!" How exciting!
We saw homes built but people being built up as well. We saw communities working together for the benefit of all and we saw people whose lives were being literally transformed by the message of hope that our team was living out among them and sharing verbally.
It is hard to think that a little over a year ago, the city of Port-au-Prince lay in rubble. Today, much of it still does. But in the communities where our BGR teams are working, the rubble is returning to community not only in terms of good housing but in terms of people whose hearts and lives are being transformed! Radical!
I want to thank our BGR team members who are working so hard in Haiti to make this happen. I also want to thank Southern Baptists for their gifts and volunteerism that is such a key part in this transformation that we're seeing. And I want also thank our Haitian partners who are opening up their lives the transforming power of God.
"Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven..."