This evening, I had a conversation with a team member serving on a mission trip about his frustrations centered around not being able to ‘save Haiti.’ This is his second time here and he was expressing how challenging it is to look around and see the overwhelming need. The brokenness and poverty is unavoidable as you drive through the streets and walk through the villages.
The reality is that it’s hard to have hope some days.
He was wondering how the staff and interns here at Mission of Hope were able to reconcile the thought that we cannot save this country. His question was, “How are you okay with the fact that you cannot be the solution to fixing Haiti?”
I answered his question with, “Honestly, knowing that at the end of the day that I cannot actually save Haiti makes me trust God even more. Because I cannot do it, He has to.”
Here’s the deal—I cannot save Haiti and no one at Mission of Hope can save Haiti. If I walk out into the village and look at the situation—lack of food, limited clean water, difficult shelter, and the battle of education—it is overwhelming. No, I cannot change an entire country, and honestly I don’t think I am meant to.
I think there is a balance of looking at the ‘whole’ of the need here but not getting too caught up in the whole that you forget the one. I cannot look at the overwhelming need here in Haiti and change it. But what I can do is look at the one—the one boy, girl, father, or mother. I can see the one. That is how life transformation happens. It happens one by one.
What is so beautiful about the body of Christ is that each person here is seeing a different one and together the Gospel is going forth and God is changing Haiti. Would it be nice if all of it could be changed in an instant? Of course, but God’s timeline is not mine and I am learning to be content with that. I know He sees the people here. He sees every soul, knows them intimately, whether they have a relationship with Him or not. He is high above the brokenness and He is redeeming this country in His time and in His way.
I have the honor and blessing of being a part of that transformation. No, I cannot save anyone here. I cannot change the country. But, I can plant seeds. I can love others. I can see—really see—the people here. Through the simple act of obedience as so many people come to Haiti to serve, God moves. He restores, heals, redeems, and saves.
Do I want to save Haiti? No. I want to watch God do it.
Want to participate in the story God is writing here in Haiti? It’s a joy! Find out more about serving on a mission trip, sponsoring a student, orphan, graduate, or Grace House resident.
“For when one says, “I am Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men? What then in Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:4-7