Pray for Haiti at Home: God’s Work Through Many Hands

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmund Tutu

March 20, 2020

When I recently went to the store to purchase some toilet paper, I like many of you encountered empty shelves.  Reports are that many individuals as a response to fear of not having enough have purchased more than enough.  The impact is understood. With plenty of supplies, there is plenty for the need, but not enough for the greed.  I wonder how trust, fear and hope all move in this dance we have come to know as the corona pandemic.  What makes this even more remarkable is an experience that I had several years ago in the mountains of Haiti.

Our group had arrived, and the usual onslaught of kids started hanging around our team for several days.  I remember one little girl who was so dear and lovely.  I had a big candy bar in my luggage that I purchased in the airport several days prior.  I tried to discreetly give it to the little girl, who smiled with a grin ear to ear.  (I know, not a good example.) What happened next amazed me.  She didn’t run and find a secret hiding place to consume it all by herself, but instead found her siblings and friends and shared her candy.  In fact, she not only shared it, but did not take any herself until all those around her had even the smallest bite. 

One of the reasons I have so much hope for Haiti is because these folks have a different understanding of abundance.  Rather than horde goods, more often they look to care for one another.  

Perhaps even today, when we were to gather and pray for Haiti, asking God to bless and intervene, might we listen to this spirit of generosity in our own daily routine.  The fears of scarcity present in our “Coronafied” existence might be shaped and informed by our Haitian brothers and sisters who understand scarcity and abundance in profound ways.  

Let us join together today in prayer asking God to give us a spirit of trust in the midst of confusion, a heart of hope in the midst of hopelessness.  May we listen to those who live out of an abundance of hope in a faithful and generous God who simply asks us to give as we have been given.

Luke 6 :35-38
“I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind. Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

-Doug Bradbury, Co-founder Haiti H2O

Pray for Haiti

Individual Prayer Concerns:
Thanksgiving for what God is doing within Haiti
Wisdom for the leaders of Haiti: President Jovenel Moïse, Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe and those serving at all levels of government
The unrest and economic difficulties throughout Haiti
The people of Haiti: families, individuals and elderly who struggle to thrive
Our partner communities: Bassin Caiman, St. Martin, Plain Matin, and Meloniere
Strength for Godly leaders who are working toward establishing justice, righteousness and long-term stability

Litany for Haiti
God, author of Creation
Giver of Life:
We call upon your mercy and compassion now.
We pray for the people of Haiti.

We pray for the hearts of the world
To be moved with compassion
We pray for the feet and hands of the world, ourselves included,
To be moved to help.

Where there has been devastation,
Bring renewal.
Where there is suffering,
Bring comfort
Where there is need
Bring provision.

The world has great need of the mercy of God
As demonstrated by Christ,
As demonstrated by the global Church
As demonstrated by individuals.
May your spirit alight on that place as never before,
Bringing life where death has reigned.

We pray for Haiti
For your kingdom come
Your will be done,
In Haiti as it is in heaven.

-Fran Pratt, October 7, 2016

Group Prayer:
God of compassion, now let us answer your call and respond to our sister Haiti through steadfast commitment, diligence in prayer, charity in action, and constancy in hope. Her needs are deep and ours is a land of plenty. With open hand and open heart may our prayers be known in the eager generosity of our giving. In your holy name we pray. Amen.
-Episcopal Life Weekly, February 7, 2010