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Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti Earthquake 2010





Many are wondering who caused this earthquake. You might be surprised to know how many people have asked me, "Was this the devil? Or was this God?" My answer may or may NOT surprise you. I'm not sure it was either. Geologists have known for a LONG time that Haiti was ON TOP of a fault line, just like geologists have told us that Los Angeles is on top of a fault line. Earthquakes happen all over the world when faults beneath the surface of the earth shift. One day, as almost every expert has predicted, we are going to see the earthquake of all earthquakes here in our home town.

My heart and time are filled with other issues, such as trying to figure out how we can rescue people physically and spiritually in Haiti. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, and it's only a short 2 hour flight from Florida's coast, I might add. They are OUR neighbors, and three days ago, as many as 50,000 to 100,000 Haitians lost their lives when the 7.0 Earthquake hit at about 5:00 p.m.

Those numbers will climb if we are not able to get rescue teams and equipment into the heart of Port-au-Prince as soon as possible. I am told that three days afterward, we are still struggling to get rescue equipment and the basic necessities of food and water to the people who need it.

My heart breaks when I see the news and hear the reports of complete devastation. My prayers are with the people of Haiti, and I pray that we will all do whatever is possible to help send relief. We will be sending a lot of the monies that we collect to the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission(www.nwhcm.org). We have sent several teams in recent years to this missions outpost, which is 90 miles north of the epicenter. They have their own medical team, and we know for sure that any monies we send will be used for those who were hit the hardest.

Having grown up in the Midwest, I am familiar with tornadoes and floods, and since moving to L.A., I have experienced several earthquakes. They are natural disasters, and we are seeing them happen more and more around the world. But whenever we see natural disasters, we also see supernatural responses when Christians around the world dig deep into their pocketbooks to help send resources to those who are hurting. Every dollar counts, and every prayer counts. They have both a physical need as well as a spiritual need. I would like to see God move in our hearts to help in both regards -- that our people and our missions can help rebuild broken homes and cities and then be used to help introduce the Christ that saved us all.

Please pray for God's blessing upon those who need to be rescued. Pray for those who are trying to coordinate the search and rescue teams. Pray for peace and calm in the streets. Pray for God's mercy to flow upon all those who need Him. Pray for the many mission departments around the world who have ministries in and through out all of Haiti. God's people are already there, equipped and prepared to rise to this occasion. Ask what God would have YOU TO DO to help make a difference in that part of the world.

May we, too, prepare our hearts for the time where we will ALL CRY OUT to the King of all Kings.

In love ,
Dudley

2 comments:

Ginny said...

Pastor Dudley, you have such a beautiful heart. Thank you for this. I know many of us are feeling helpless right now for those victims. May we appreciate what we have and show God's love to others in a way we never have before.

jeff perrin said...

We appreciate what we have, the problem is just like after the Northridge Earthquake....everyone crawls back into there hole.
Showing God's love is a full time job and unfortunately for some it only shows itself after a disaster or tragedy..
I remember a sermon Dudley did and ask folks a question on FB, if an ant goes across my plate of food should i eat it..... TONS OF RESPONSES, but when he post a question about something a little deeper, hardly anyone responded... weird but true.. look at face Book post on this earthquake, more on what people are having for dinner and grateful it's the weekend.....