Rebuilding Haiti Through the ChurchBy raquel araujo
3 Feb 2011
Last July, I went to Haiti with a group of pastors and leaders through MAIS and Churches helping Churches, which are working since the earthquake toward rebuilding the Church, so the Church can rebuild the country.
There have been medical and construction teams, but this time the focus was on leadership and we held a conference for 150 Haitian pastors.
So, I had the honor of spending as much time as possible with other leaders. Pastors that saw their houses and churches falling apart, but that hadn't given up on their calling. In all this I've learned simple things that I thought I knew. Things I was used to hearing and talking about, but finally had the chance of seeing them live and intensely right in front of me.
...So here they are:
- Tragedies can be new opportunities. It all depends on your perspective. It is possible to see chaos as a new beginning.
- Smiling is contagious! You allow people to be happy when you allow yourself to be, even when nothing makes sense.
- As poor and illiterate that someone could be, that someone can be the beginning of a revolution. As rich and sophisticated that someone could be, that someone can be the beginning of a revolution. And these two fellows, the poor and the sophisticated can get together and cause a far greater revolution.
- It is possible to live the simple Christianity of loving God above all and loving people as ourselves. There are people out there doing it. People that have lost all and are living with nothing, but still they are giving all their nothing so God can be known and that through His Church, Haiti will be rebuilt.
It is possible!