As we think about the “why” behind going to Haiti, many of these answers are found right in scripture. So, why go to Haiti? In going to Haiti we can be the hands and feet of Christ and take another step toward following God’s desire for us to:
1) Love God and love others
- Matthew 22:36-39 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he (Jesus) said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Jesus wants us to love God with all our being. And as we follow Him and He fills us with joy through the Holy Spirit, He also wants us to share that love with others – those at home and those in Haiti.
2) Go and make disciples
- Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- We are called to “go” and make disciples by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. This could mean going next door to share the gospel with your neighbor or going to Haiti to share with your “neighbor” in need.
3) See God’s heart for the nations
- Psalm 72:17 “May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.”
- Experiencing another culture and seeing how God is at work in Haiti helps you have a better picture of God’s heart for the nations.
4) Provide for physical needs
- Matthew 25:34-40 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink… “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
- By helping to meet the physical needs of the Haitian people, you are following God’s command to serve those in need. God cares for the poor and encourages us to do likewise.
5) Be a blessing to others
- Genesis 12:2 “God said to Abraham, ‘And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.'”
- When God called and blessed Abraham, it was not just for Abraham’s benefit, but so that Abraham would be a blessing to others. God has blessed us, not just so that we can enjoy His blessings, but also in order that we can be a blessing to others.
6) Encourage fellow believers
- Colossians 2:2 “…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ…”
- The church in Haiti is growing and thriving, but needs encouragement. Come to Haiti to walk alongside your brothers and sisters in Christ. Encourage them to stand firm, keep the unity of faith and be strong in the Lord!
BONUS REASON #7: The Hugs!
The people of Haiti are so welcoming in the rural villages where we serve. For many of our Impact Team members Haiti has become a second home where they visit friends – who feel like family – as often as they can. We have several upcoming Impact Team trips and would love to have you join us on the ground in Haiti! January 29th – February 5th is our first trip of 2019 and there are still open spots! – LEARN MORE –