Hope for Haiti

My wife and I recently went to Haiti and were able to spend a day with our child Ruth that we have sponsored through Compassion International.

What a beautiful day. What a beautiful Girl.

In a country that has seen so much pain and loss, Ruth is a face of hope and a face of the future.

Sponsoring her through Compassion assists her in educational, physical, nutritional, social and spiritual development.

Because of Compassion she has advantages that many children in Haiti do not have.

After meeting Ruth, I left Haiti with much more hope for their future.

Ruth told me she loved to write poems. I told her that I to love to write poems.

I told her that I would write a poem for her if she would write a poem for me.

She said that it was a deal.

I would like to share with you the poem I wrote and will send to Ruth.

When Ruth sends the poem she wrote for me, I will share it with you also.

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RUTH: meaning “compassionate friend”

There is a girl down in Haiti, her name is Ruth
She is 10 years old, and she knows the truth
There is a God who loves her, He is living inside
She loves Psalm 100, she has it memorized

She loves to write poems, she loves to sing songs
She loves to dance to music, her faith is so strong
God has made her beauty, He has made her mind
He has made her with dreams and a smile so kind

She lives in Port-au-Prince, the earthquake was scary
The ground shook, but God’s strength was there to carry
Ruth’s eyes gleam with joy, her words full of charm
Her love for life comes from living safe in God’s arms

Her personality is charming, maybe even mischievous
I love to hear her laugh, it is a sound quite contagious
Her heart is full, overflowing with energy
Her heart is full of Jesus, He is strength for her journey

I pray for Ruth daily, I pray this gift she will get
That God has great plans for her, and how He will not forget
He has given her talents, dreams and salvation
And a hope and a future that cannot be taken

Meeting Ruth was one of the best days of my life
It was a day we will always remember, just ask my wife
I heard a voice of an angel, a dancer full of grace
She prayed with deep reverence, such a beautiful face

Our visit was too short, though I am blessed for the chance
Next time I will sing with her, maybe even join in the dance
Can’t wait to see your future, can’t wait to see what you’ll do
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper and not to harm you”

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Psalm 100
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is He who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Releasing Children From Poverty, In Jesus Name

I am taking a team from my church to Haiti this week.

Please pray for us.

We will be joining Compassion International as we look at the work they are doing through child sponsorship, early child and mother development, leadership development, safe water and the rebuilding of schools and hospitals after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

For those of us who have sponsored children in Haiti, we will be able to meet them and give them gifts. Our sponsored daughter in Haiti is named Ruth.

Our church sponsors hundreds of children through Compassion, many of them in Haiti, and we have invested in a Child Survival Program where mothers get prenatal care and education and new mothers and babies get the medicines and nutrition they need to develop healthy young bodies and minds.

Check out my blog daily, as I will try to write some new posts about our trip while we are there, but if time or the internet do not cooperate, I will definitely be writing about the trip once we get home.

Here are some sobering Haiti statistics:

*Gross national income per capita is US$660, about half the total for Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Americas.

*78% of Haitians are poor (less than US$2 a day), and more than half (54%) live in extreme poverty (less than US$1 a day).

*Over two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs.

*Half of children under 5 are malnourished.

*80 out of 1,000 Haitian children never see their first birthday.

*50% of primary school age children are not enrolled in school.

*One-third of girls over six never go to school.

Pray for Haiti and the work our church and Compassion are doing there.

I will write as often as I can. God Bless.