Written by Karla Herbert
Tonight as I was seeking God and asking Him what to write about on this blog, all I could think about was pain and suffering. Especially those who are suffering in Chile today after the massive earthquake hit there.
Do you have days when you feel wronged?
How about hurt when a well-deserved apology isn't offered by the one who hurt you?
Here's another one. How about when you feel overwhelmed and can't tell up from down?
In the long run, God still holds us. When the end of our days arrive and we look back, it'll all be small stuff. It may not seem small today, but in reality it probably is minute in the scheme of things.
The people in Chile must feel so many things right now. They have questions. They wonder if their loved ones are alive. They are homeless. They are hungry. They are desperate for God.
This evening, let's let our prayer focus be on their needs, not our own. Our own hurts, pain and suffering are surely very minor compared to theirs. May God be very real and present in Chile tonight.
Written by Karla Herbert
Prayer Warriors are you ready for your first prayer assignment?
A very dear lady that I've known for years has volunteered many hours working at an orphanage in Haiti. Her name is Anne Georges and she's an amazing woman who pours her love out to these precious children at the orphanage. She attends St. Clement's Church in El Paso and has spent countless hours gathering donated items, packing and shipping them to Haiti, and making trips there to help out with the missionaries.
As you read about the little girl getting stitches in her head for an open wound, without any numbing medication, and the President of Haiti who is now setting aside days for praying and fasting in his country, give thanks to the Lord that medical care is available and that the Holy Spirit is moving in Haiti.
Here is information from Anne on current events happening in Port au Prince. (Anything in bold are my own comments.)
The lady who directed all of the mission trips I participated in now lives in Haiti with her husband. They have been ministering as they see needs as they go into Port au Prince. (They live in Thomazeau, which is about 30 miles out of the town.) As yet, there are no known deaths among the sponsored children. Praise you, Lord God! They have been buying and taking supplies to the orphanage, including a new generator because the old one gave out. They had to have help installing it, I believe it was from American military personnel.
More drastic needs are found among the people whose homes have been destroyed and are just living out on the street. Can you imagine? Debbie wrote of stitching up a little girl's forehead that was just completely opened, and the little girl crying out in the name of Jesus. Precious little child! I'll talk more about "crying out" to God in my next blog post. Debbie is a nurse, and has supplies, but not anesthetic, even local. She and her husband have found another orphanage that needs help, and have traded supplies with that group. Thank you, Jesus, that there are enough supplies for trading! Many people have just walked out of Port au Prince to other towns and villages where they felt they would have a better chance for survival. Can you imagine the hardships faced for families with young children and babies? I am so spoiled by the use of my stroller. I can't fathom what it would be like to walk for miles, carrying a child. Food is being distributed but often there is rough competition for it. Jesus, you see their needs and I pray that you'll be very real and present in the midst of the crowds as they scramble for a meal. And though the climate of Haiti is pleasant, it has been very hard to sleep on the ground because of the wind.
One young man that I know from my trips has been writing to me occasionally on Yahoo chat. He writes from a cyber cafe, just as he used to, but he says that is now out on the street. His family actually had a decent home but it was completely destroyed, and he sent a picture of the tent he had put up. Lord, let us be ever mindful that the things we own are only temporary. Let us store up our treasure in Heaven, where You are. Debbie also said in her last communication that school has begun to meet once again, officially. The people were told for a long time not to go into enclosed buildings because of the tremors.
One really good development, the president of Haiti has actually set aside specific days for prayer and fasting! Praise you, Jesus! Hear their prayers, answer them, and may this country that is seeking your guidance be blessed with your mercy.
If any of you that are praying receive a vision, or a word of knowledge, have a dream, etc. about Haiti please forward them to me. I'm excited watching God move in the midst of disaster. He's a good God, eager to bless us.
Author Karla Herbert
I'm a 40-something, coffee loving, Jesus worshipping woman. As a cancer survivor, wife, mother, sister, and friend I've got a lot to write about! I live in El Paso, TX with my husband of 22 years and our 4 children.
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