Rumors….

We started the morning off at 5am while everyone ran outside of their homes and onto the streets. Why? Because rumors spread that another quake was coming. Frantically people ran out and waited….for nothing.

I’m sure you watched the report on CNN a few days ago where gangs yelled that there was a Tsunami coming and 1000’s took to the street running as fast as they could – with panic and terror.

And for what? Let’s scare them so they run and leave what little belongs they had left.  So – now the gangs can just steal all the things left behind. Was today the same thing? Did the rumor come to go out of the homes so that robbers could break in? What un ugly tragedy on top of the worst tragedy Haiti has ever seen.

There are Voodoo Priests here telling the people – you see – you see what your “God” has done for you? He has done nothing. He has taken your families…..He has forsaken you.

I gave a talk to the Haitian staff this morning because I had to share with them truth. Most of them wearing black clothes – ready to mourn any news they might receive – maybe just 15 who’ve actually heard anything.

I said today you ran out in darkness – afraid for your life. And again and again we find ourselves surrounded by darkness. Today I bring you Light…..because darkness cannot hide from the Light. How many times must God shake us before we realize that this earth is not our home? I don’t know why this happened just like I don’t understand many things that happen here on earth….but I know that I have a better place waiting for me.

We must mourn the tragedy and our hearts must break. But for those who know Christ – they ran into the gates of Heaven the moment it happened. The schools full of children were at their desks and within an instant they were at the feet of Jesus. If you had the choice of Haiti or Heaven which do you choose? And if you have family that survived and still don’t know Jesus – you better show them who He is because we do not control what happens today.

I heard the reports that this is the end of the world and voodoo priests talking bad about God. (They all shook their heads yes). So they said if our God was a real God this wouldn’t have happened? Is the same not true for them? Well then why didn’t their Satan stop it? (They never thought about that.)

I said – I may not know why things happen but I know enough not to believe in the lies of darkness.

That’s the thing I hate about voodoo….because it’s all lies and such clever mind games.

Since Jose and Andy are in PAP right now – we are collecting names and addresses of the employees still waiting on word and sending them to the boys to see if they can find the homes and send us some answers.

Comments

  1. Connie Gottfried-Garrett says:

    Praying for Haiti in many different ways! Is their anything specific that you would have me pray for? Praying that God would crush these rumors and that Haitian People stand strong for God. I also am posting your letters on the Church board so those who do not have access to your website can read them. I hope this is ok to do.

    In Christian Love
    Connie Gottfried

  2. Thank God He has people like you there to keep this perspective. Praying that His light continues to shine powerfully through you guys in Haiti.

  3. What a powerful message!

  4. Elisabeth Mott says:

    Thank you for continuing to update in such a chaotic time. Amen to you for allowing the Lord to shine thru you and for you to stand firm on what you believe. I’ve prayed everyday for Haiti since the first day I stepped in that country in 2003. Ever since Tuesday I haven’t been able to keep dry eyes or think of anything else to pray for. My prayers are with you and your family and the country!

  5. Elisabeth Mott says:

    Also, my pastor is in Haiti right now. Bill Hauser. His wife said she received a phone call from a man she didn’t know asking about his family. She has Facebook, her name is Connie Hauser, see her FB status, if you can help in anyway that would be great:

    Connie Hauser
    Please if anyone knows anything about this would you please help. I recieved a phone call from a stranger today named David Vahle. He asked me if I could help and find out anything about his wife’s sister. My husband Bill is in Haiti at Christianville so this man thought maybe I could help. I don’t know how we could he…lp but maybe you could. The… See More people they are looking for live in Puisblen. Their names are Gary and Loubienne St. Hubert. They go to the Iglese sur le Rocher (Church on the Rock) in Puisblen. Gary St. Hubert is one of the minister at the church. The address to the church is Delmass 33 street. Please if you could help this family they would greatly appreciate it.

  6. Sharon Epp says:

    Your message is wonderful and filled with the spirit! I plan to read this word for word to my youth group this Sunday. I couldn’t have put it into better words.

    “How many times must God shake us before we realize that this earth is not our home?”

    POWERFUL!

    • Roxanne Koskela says:

      Jody,Wow,that was such a powerful come back to the Haitian’s.We know that the devil is there(VOODOO)BUT WE ALSO KNOW OUR GOD IS MORE POWERFUL than the devil wikll EVER BE! I will continue to pray for all of you and for that country and for GODS LOVE TO POUR OUT OVER EVERYONE THERE! You and Melonnie and RJ and Susan and Jose and all the others at the camp are doing so well with such a massive tragedy and like you have said you have a lot more to deal with in the months to come!We WILL NOT FORGET YOU ALL AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEND SUPPORT to all of you as often as we can(thru Tomoka Christian Church) as well as all the other Churches and all the People who Love Haiti and can’t be there to help you!Please know that our hearts are with you all and we will be here for you ! Love & Hugs to all of you! with all my Love in Christ,Roxanne( Tenney)Koskela

  7. Vickie Barnes says:

    Jody,

    Jeff and I are praying for you, your family, the mission staff and the people in Haiti. What an awesome and compassionate servant of God you are. When I read your last blog, I said “you go girl.” We serve a mighty God and he is right there with you. Blessings, Jeff and Vickie Barnes, Caribbean Children’s Ministries.

  8. Thank you for your powerful witness during this difficult time in Haiti. We will be praying for wisdom, confidence, and hope that only comes through knowing Jesus Christ. We praise God for your work in furthering the kingdom.

    Steve and Sheena

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