There have been quite a few times in my life when I have heard about natural disasters, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and various tsunamis and hurricanes. It seems like there is always something for the news to report. We live in a big world.
In the past, I have heard the stories of devastation and prayed for the people who were affected by whatever had happened. I would pray for peace, safety, and that the Lord would intervene while I sat in the comfort of my safe environment.
As a result of unexpected opportunities to explore different countries and after working for Healing Waters for almost a year now, I have had the chance to build relationships with some amazing people. A funny thing happens when you begin to build relationships with people around the world. Eighty-three thousand miles suddenly seems like it is right around the corner. You begin to become invested in lives, events, and countries that are not your own. You know people on a personal level and you know about their everyday life.
There has been a heaviness around our office at Healing Waters lately. That weight comes from the relationships that my coworkers and myself have been blessed to build with field staff and community members in our staffed countries like the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
We sit in our offices and work on our daily tasks, all the while knowing in the back of our minds that our friends are experiencing results of a natural disaster. We have been able to correspond with each of our staff members in these countries and are relieved to report that they are safe, but have also been filled in on their concern for family members who have land in areas that have been flooded, where landslides have occurred, and where lives have been lost.
Hurricane Matthew is no longer a natural disaster that has destroyed countries that I pray for on a broad level, it has become a natural disaster that has threatened the lives of my friends and coworkers and that is why I want to ask you to really pray. Pray for not only countries hit by the hurricane as a whole, pray for individual people. Pray for farmers who lost their land and will now have to rebuild their lives and source of income, pray for families who have been separated or who have lost family members, pray for this to be an opportunity for God to intervene in lives and change hearts. Pray for them as if they are your own friends and family.
As we listen to all that has happened as a result of the hurricane, we understand that the need for access to clean water will increase. A generous donor has proposed a matching campaign that could have a great impact in this time of disaster. Each dollar that is donated to Healing Waters to support our work in Haiti will be matched up to 60k. We are asking you to prayerfully consider joining us in our efforts to be a resource to Haiti and all those who have been and will be impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
Click here to donate. Please make sure to select ‘Haiti Matching Campaign’ in the drop down menu.