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Haitians Cry Out To Jesus. How Will He Answer Them?

It’s breaking news everywhere. Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, shook yesterday as a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the tiny island country. An earthquake of this size is devastating regardless of where it strikes. In poverty stricken Haiti, it is of the highest level of trauma. Haiti, comparative in size to the state of Maryland, lacks infrastructure and the means to enable recovery from such a force as this quake. Haiti needed help before the quake and Haiti needs help now.

In 2007, Haiti ranked 43rd in the world for highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS. The risk of contracting a major infectious disease is high for Haitians due to unclean water. While 80% of Haitians identify themselves as Catholic and 16% as Protestant, nearly half of the 9 million island inhabitants practice voodoo.*


Reuters is reporting a possible 1,000 dead although that number has not been confirmed. The article also noted that many people were seen running through the streets calling upon the name of Jesus. “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” they cried out.  

How does Jesus, who lived and breathed and walked on this earth, more than 2,000 years ago, help them? How can Jesus answer their cries for help today? Why is it the name of Jesus they call upon? Why not Allah or Buddha? Or why not call upon an ancestor for help? Why call upon anyone at all?  

It’s simple. It’s Jesus whose name saves. It’s Jesus who calms all fears. It’s Jesus who rescues those in need. It’s Jesus who heals the wounded. It’s Jesus who brings comfort to the restless. It’s, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.  

It is the unifying work of the Trinity, that is God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit that can bring complete restoration and peace to Haiti and yes, to the rest of the world at any given moment.

So why then, does it seem that they stand at a distance and do not act while the world crumbles in every corner?  I believe it is because the Trinity has such a desire to walk alongside us throughout every experience in life, they even walk alongside us in caring for one another, meeting needs, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, rescuing the oppressed and providing shelter for the homeless.  

God is the Father of compassion (2 Cor. 1:3). The Latin for compassion is 'to suffer with'. God is with the Haitians today. God is with the suffering today. God is with you today.  

The Trinity walked with Adam and with Eve in the Garden of Eden. God’s cloud led the Israelites throughout the Egyptian desert. God stood in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Immanuel came to us in the flesh. Jesus was with the thief on the cross, ushering him into paradise. The Spirit was with the disciples as they entered foreign lands and spoke the name of Jesus.

And so it is today that the Trinity is with those in Haiti and we are invited to assist as well.  We can help provide food, hunger, shelter, comfort and healing to a nation whose level of suffering just increased from bad to worse. Jesus will answer their cries for help. He will use you and me to do it.  

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! –Rom. 10:14-15

Right now there are teams all over the world sending assistance. Jesus is answering the cries of the Haitians. There are churches organizing to send funds, care packages and people to help. Jesus is answering the cries of the Haitians. There are organizations such as World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse who are loading up supplies to send immediately to Haiti. Jesus is answering the cries of the Haitians. There are faithful servants around the world who are praying and crying out on behalf of the Haitians. Jesus hears their prayers and he is answering their cries.  

 I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor
       and upholds the cause of the needy. –Ps. 140:12


 The LORD works righteousness
       and justice for all the oppressed. –Ps. 103:6

Be encouraged today knowing that Jesus has heard the cries of the suffering Haitians during this time of distress. He suffers with them. He is using people like you and me around the world today to provide care and comfort for them. Check out your local churches and relief organizations like World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse for more ways that you can help be the hands and feet of Jesus to the Haitians today.


Haiti is home to thousands of enslaved, most of who are women and children. Please remember to keep them and the newly orphaned or abandoned in your prayers. God hears our words we speak to him, he cares and he, through his people and by the guidance of his Holy Spirit, will act.


 * Facts taken from CIA World Factbook.          


Thank you, Carrie. Some writers end up coming off as glib or merely philosophical about heart-crushing matters like these. Your post is deeply spiritual; it will confound those who do not believe, but you point out the interconnection between mankind, suffering, and God's will with authentic compassion.

Thank you Caroline. I appreciate the comment.

Thank you for sharing this post. Another knowledge gained. Looking forward to read more from you.
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