God is our refuge and strength
A very present help in
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip
into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake
at its swelling pride.
The Bible stands
though the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand
when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet
its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands.
The Bible stands
like a rock undaunted
'Mid the raging storms
Its pages burn
And they glow
Excerpted from an article
by Ken Connor, Chairman of the Center for a Just
Society and the former President of the
Family Research Council.
It's true that, as Christians, we
believe that God can and does use natural
events to express his righteous judgment.
The Bible is full of instances in
which people are punished by floods, fire,
and yes, earthquakes as a result
of sins committed against God and against
Thus, it is not out of the question
that the terrible natural disasters that
have occurred over the centuries, including
plagues of disease, have been
evidence of God's displeasure with mankind.
It is also quite possible that
God's wrath has nothing whatsoever to do with
this point explicitly with his disciples, who
were quick to surmise that
those suffering from various calamities and
persecutions were being targeted
for their sins or the sins of their fathers:
"Do you think that these Galileans
were worse sinners than all the other
Galileans, because they suffered in this way?
No, I tell you; but unless you
repent, you will all likewise perish.
"Or those eighteen on whom the tower in
Siloam fell and killed them: do you think
that they were worse offenders
than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?
No, I tell you; but unless you
repent, you will all likewise perish." (Luke
In this passage and elsewhere,
Jesus redirects the disciples' attention from
the outward to the inward.
Instead of speculating about the
sins of others
or the judgment of God, he says, we would do
well to examine our own hearts
and ask forgiveness for our own sins.
Christians should not be quick to
assume that because calamity has befallen
another, sin is the root cause of their
The disciples made just
such a mistake when they observed a man blind
from birth and asked Jesus
"Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,
that he was born blind?" (John
Jesus responded, "It was not that
this man sinned, or his parents,
but that the works of God might be displayed
in him." (John 9:3) Jesus
then went on to heal the man.
God's ways are not man's ways.
(Isaiah 55: 8-9)
Therefore, rather than
indulging in the temptation to assign blame
when others suffer misfortune,
we would do well to examine our own lives,
repent of our own sins, and seek
to be at peace with our neighbors.
We are commanded by God not to
judge others, but instead to love our
neighbor as ourselves.
Christ teaches us that we are all
sinners; we all
fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
Let us all, therefore,
respond to the tragedy in Haiti with an
attitude of humility and repentance
as we reach out to help those in need.
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Learning about Haiti
In This Issue: Part 1
Learning about Haiti
• Our Response:
Helping Haiti Disaster Victims
Sidebar: Article: Whose Sin?
In Next Issue: Part 2
Learning about Earthquakes
• Our Response:
Preparing Our Family
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On January 12th, a 7.0 earthquake
devastated Haiti's capital,
Port-au-Prince. One month later, the estimated
1 million left
500,000 living in
3 million people who
Shortages of food, clean water, adequate
shelter and latrines are creating a spawning
ground for epidemics.
In the aftermath, millions of Haitians
affected physically, emotionally, and
spiritually, could take years or even
lifetimes to recover.
Media coverage has been nonstop.
Nations and individuals around the world, in
sympathy and concern have given support for
the Haitian people.
How can you help your children understand
and respond to this disaster as the Lord
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Haiti deserves our compassion, not only
for her recent tragedy, but for her history
of poverty, political violence, and spiritual
The following information was found mainly
at the following three sources. (Note:
Information differed slightly from source to
CIA online World Factbook, Country
information and prayer material excerpted
a prayer handbook for the Church with concise
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U.S. Department of State. Background
Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with
the Dominican Republic (western one-third is
Haiti, eastern two-thirds is the Dominican
slightly smaller than the state of Maryland
mostly rough and mountainous
tropical; semiarid where mountains in east
cut off trade winds
hazards: lies in the middle of the
hurricane belt and subject to severe storms
from June to October; occasional flooding and
earthquakes; periodic droughts
• Globe Study.
Locate Haiti on a globe and notice the
relative position and nearness to the United
States and other Caribbean countries.
(Links go to CIA World Factbook.)
1. Republic of Cuba
2. The Island of
Hispaniola (Republic of Haiti and Dominican
3. The Commonwealth of
Rico (territory of the US with
Haiti's History and Government
A Tragic History
After Columbus discovered the island of
Hispaniola in 1492, the native Taino
Amerindians were virtually annihilated by
Spanish settlers within 25 years.
The Spanish genocide against the
indigenous Arawakans, the cruel slavery
instituted and maintained by the Spanish and
then the French are a tragic
background. Haiti has been plagued by
tyrannies, cruelties, and political violence
for most of its history.
Haiti: 1st Black Republic in the
2nd Oldest Republic in the Western
During the 18th century, African slaves
were brought to work on sugarcane and coffee
In 1791, a slave revolt against the French
resulted in the 1804 independence and the
creation of the first black republic in the
world and the second-oldest republic in the
Western Hemisphere, after the United
How Haiti's Revolt Affected the United
The impending defeat of the French in
Haiti is widely credited with contributing to
Napoleon's decision to sell the Louisiana
territory to the United States in 1803.
Purchase doubled the size of the the
United States and opened the door for
Troubled History Continued
Haiti has endured a troubled history of
bloodshed and dictatorships since then.
a May 3, 1971, Time
magazine article on the death of Francois
Duvalier and his voodoo associations, and the
January 23, 2010, article
"Voodoo despot who bled Haiti dry is tracked
down to Paris where he's plotting to use
quake tragedy to return to power."
Since 2004, about 8,000 peacekeepers from
Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti
(MINUSTAH) maintain civil order in
Haiti. Illegal migration and smuggling
of illicit drugs are continuing problems.
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Learning about Haiti
The people of Haiti are called
Haitians. Here are some facts.
9,035,536 (estimates take into account the
effects of excess mortality due to HIV/AIDS).
• Urban population:
40-47% of total population
groups: black (Afro-Caribbean)
90-95%, mulatto (Eurafrican) and white
Languages: French and Creole
(age 15 and over can read and write):
Haiti is the poorest and least-developed
country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of
the population living under the poverty line
and 54-75% in abject poverty.
Frequent natural disasters, soil erosion,
pollution, drought, famine, and the lack of a
viable government all contribute to this
U.S. Department of State, 2003 data:
Roman Catholic 55%, Protestant 28%, voudou
(voodoo) practices pervasive.
CIA World Book: Roman Catholic 80%,
Protestant 16%; roughly half of the
population practices voodoo.
Voodoo is a development of West African
spiritism. The word (also spelled
Vodun, Vodou, Voudou, Vodoun, Vaudou,
Vaudoux) is seldom used by Haitians, who
speak of people following or serving the loa.
Haitians tend to see no conflict in these
African-rooted beliefs coexisting
with Catholicism. Most Protestants,
however, strongly oppose voodoo.
to Haiti: 449 in 76 agencies from 13
countries: USA 373, Canada 32, France
Read about Voodoo from a Christian
and Haitian History
of the Voodoo Religion
does the Bible say about Voodoo?
Links for More Information on Haiti
Country profile of Haiti. Includes
a list of 13 natural disasters, beginning
with the 1770 Earthquake that devastated
Country Study of Haiti
• The Embassy of
Haiti in Washington, D.C.
of Haiti. 46 photos (none
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Helping Haiti Disaster Victims
As Christians, we are called to do what we
can to help alleviate pain and
suffering. We can express the love of
Christ to the people of Haiti through our
prayers and gifts.
"I have never seen Haitians crying out to
God like now," said Food for the Hungry's
health program manager in Haiti. "We
need you to pray for lives to be changed by
the grace of God."
The people of Haiti need our prayers!
"We pray for all Haitians, relief workers,
pastors and missionaries, and that saving
light may shine in a land of great distress."
– Dr Peter Masters, pastor,
Metropolitan Tabernacle, London
Prayer needs include:
physical and spiritual needs of Haitians to
that are meeting these needs in Haiti, for
wisdom, strength, and protection
the thousands of children who are separated
from, or do not have, parents
those who can, will give
2. Give to a Christian Relief
Give through your own local church or one
of the following organizations.
Many quality relief organizations are
doing tremendous work in Haiti. The
following are trusted ministries that give in
Christ's name and share the Gospel.
"Let your light shine before men in such a
way that they may see your good works, and
glorify your Father who is in heaven."
You can learn more about each organization
and see a report of their relief work in
Haiti by accessing their website.
Purse (supplies aid to the poor, sick,
and suffering with food, medicine, and other
International (works with children,
families, and communities)
Vision (works with children, families,
• Food for the
Hungry (Supplies food)
Ships (operates hospital ships)
• Habitat for
Humanity (builds housing)
Haiti Relief Donations
May Qualify for Immediate Tax Relief
Under certain conditions, people who give
to charities providing earthquake relief in
Haiti (Jan. 11 - Feb. 28, 2010) can claim
these donations on their 2009 or 2010 tax
return, according to the Internal
"Americans have opened their hearts to
help those affected by the Haiti earthquake,"
said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.
"This new law provides an immediate tax
benefit for the many taxpayers who have made
3. Help Promote Evangelical,
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Creole Bible online
copyright-free HTML software for Haitian
to the Haitian Creole Language with
everyday and spiritual/biblical vocabulary
enabling you to share the Gospel.
Low-cost, self-study book plus tape or CD
from Logos Language Institute.
Simple Plan of Salvation gospel tract in
Audio Bibles for Haiti. Available
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Jesus Film, the full 2-hour classic
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Lumiere is a network of nine Christian
radio stations and a Christian television
station. It covers 90% of the island of
Haiti with the message of Christ's
love. In addition, it streams live.
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in Genesis Booklets available in Haitian
4. Adoptions Halted
The Haitian government has halted the
departure of all orphans until it can
guarantee that only legitimate adoptions are
Vision's chief executive, Justin Byworth,
said a wave of adoptions could leave children
vulnerable to trafficking and abuse.
Jasmine Whitbread, Save
the Children's chief executive, said:
"The vast majority of the children currently
on their own still have family members alive
who will be desperate to be reunited with
them and will be able to care for them with
the right support."
Organizations are registering people,
children and others, who are separated,
homeless, in hospitals, and are trying to
"For I was hungry, and you gave Me
something to eat;
I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to
I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
naked, and you clothed Me;
I was sick, and you visited Me;
I was in prison, and you came to Me."
Then the righteous will answer Him,
"Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed
or thirsty, and give You something to
And when did we see You a stranger, and
invite You in,
or naked, and clothe You?
When did we see You sick, or in prison, and
come to You?"
The King will answer and say to them,
"Truly I say to you, to the extent
that you did it to one of these brothers of
even the least of them, you did it to Me."