The disaster in Haiti has especially grabbed my heart. Haiti was the first place I ever went on a missions trip to when I was 15. As we flew over with a team on an old World War II plane, the rumbling engines drowned out everything except for my thoughts as I wondered in anticipation for what the next couple weeks would hold. I knew my life would never be the same!
As we flew over the island, there was almost a perfect line distinguishing the Dominican Republic from Haiti. The Dominican Republic was lush and green- Haiti looked brown and dead. That was my first indicator of the desperateness of the people of Haiti. We landed on a hot sunny day on a small air strip, and walked out the side of the plane down the stairs towards an open air airport under a hut. On our way to our "home" for the next few weeks crammed in the back of a "tap tap" (cab), the smell of burning sugar cane was unavoidable.. my sister and I were just talking the other day about how consuming that smell is.. and how we could never forget it! We saw things and people that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
Sorry for the bad pic.. I couldn't get it to scan so I took a picture of the picture to post :) We were there for a conference of 300 pastors across the country. They were desperate for God- desperate for God to move in their churches- and desperate to see God change their country. My life was changed the instant I saw how joyful the Pastors were despite the challenges they faced on a daily basis. They worshiped with abandonment totally looking past what they saw in the natural. I became passionate for missions on that trip- It was the first time in my life that I really was able to look past myself at the needs of others.
All that to say- wow. There is such a desperate need in Haiti right now. The earthquake has devastated an already devastated country. The heart of Seed to Sow has always been to save money and in turn we have more to give. If you haven't had a chance to give to the relief efforts in Haiti, go grab your last grocery receipt. Did you save money through coupons? Did you save money through sales? Could you give a portion of what you saved to the Red Cross? Lets join together and sow some seed into a nation that needs it... as we create a culture of generosity in our lives, we'll reap a harvest.. and then we can give more. Don't you love the way God works? Go HERE to donate to the Red Cross or text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10.