I want to ask you to be in prayer for the people of Haiti.  By now you have seen the pictures and heard the news of the devastating earthquake that hit there on Tuesday.  A disaster like this would be hard for any people or nation but it is multiplied for the tiny nation of Haiti.

To me Haiti was just another country until I read a book about 3 years ago called Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.  The book was about a doctor from America named Paul Farmer who dedicated his life to the people of Haiti.  Farmer is not a professed believer as far as I know.

I won’t tell you the whole story only that Farmer could have been a famous and rich doctor here in the states but instead gave up his life to build a clinic in Haiti and help the people there. 

The last story is quite heart breaking and an image that I will never forget.  About 2 years ago I was watching CNN and saw a story on Haiti and they talked about people making and eating dirt cookies.  Haiti has to import nearly all or all of its food.  Decisions made by corrupt leaders and other nations have changed the natural habitat there.  Because of the severe famine and lack of food people were mixing sugar, butter, and dirt to bake cookies. 

The people of Haiti today need many things: shelter, food, and water.  But just like every other human being their greatest need is the gospel.  They need to be reconciled to the Father through the blood of Jesus Christ.  Pray that in the midst of tragedy needs are met AND the gospel is proclaimed boldly.