hope during the climb

…our hope is in You!

“…and many peoples shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.'” Isaiah 2:3

This past week in Haiti, we were surrounded by the hills and mountains. At one time, these hills were green and the land lush. Haiti was a huge exporter of sugar, coffee, and cotton—one of the richest colonies of the French empire. The French eventually gave the slaves their freedom and Haiti its independence. As time went on, the land was deforested by bad environmental practices, foreign greed, and the desperation of a poor people. It is hard to believe that as recently as the 1920’s, over 60% of Haiti was forested. By 2006, less than 2% was. Much of the countryside is brown and in many areas, trees are scarce, though there are currently scattered projects to replenish the tree population. (More about World Relief and the tree project coming.)

I tried several times to get the timing of the dry seasons and the rainy seasons from my good friend Rony, our translator. But he wouldn’t commit to an end of the dry season. God told the Israelites their days of exile would end after 80 years. Still it was another 400 years until Jesus came, restoring the voices of the prophets, and releasing the Holy Spirit into each of us. As we declare justice for the land of Haiti, the Lord will bless the land. He will reign in Haiti and rain upon it! He has not abandoned them. Haitians are seeking the Lord, often with a passion greater than ours; and as with the OT exiles, His heart is with them.

As we traveled Haiti and spoke to Haitians, we saw much hope. Tent cities are much smaller. There are not as many guns or men in fatigues in the streets. There truly seemed to be more green. There is still hope in the eyes of the young men translating for us, though it is sometimes deeper than I feel comfortable with. There is a determination in the youth overall to create a better Haiti.

Rony has collected and placed 16 earthquake orphans in the homes of their church members. He teaches the Word and the love and power of Jesus to them weekly. His desire is to finish college once he has the necessary monies, as both an entrepreneur and a pastor, own a computer store, and continue to pastor the Lord’s children.

After years of worshiping satan and practicing voodoo, the people of Haiti are returning from the dry areas, the hills and valleys, to the mountain of the Lord. I saw in the Spirit, many times, as did others, the rain returning to the land and the greening of the hills. The physical reflects the spiritual, and so the hearts and minds of the people are renewed and restored.

Jesus. The name above all others. Anointed with joy beyond His companions. Hope to the nations. Please take a moment to post a hopeful Word.

“Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,  even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:22

This sketch was done at a clinic one morning. The prayers that go up to the Lord spill over from the censor (prayer bowl, hard to see through the gates at the top). The water and the Spirit cover the land. God’s will will be accomplished in Haiti. His Word always produces a harvest.

Sue
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    • Cindy
    • March 2nd, 2012

    I agree with all Sue has said. Haiti is moving forward in the grace of God at an amazing rate. I lift up this nation to the Lord for His great blessings to fill it with His Spirit bringing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control in overflowing abundance. I thank God that I have been able to go and see progress there and feel His love moving mountains in them.

    • Shari
    • March 2nd, 2012

    You captured HOPE beautifully.

    • Stephanie
    • March 2nd, 2012

    Sue – Your post brought me back to my first visit (and hopefully not my last 🙂 ) to Haiti last year. I am reminded of just how passionate the Haitians seek the Lord as you said and how being surrounded by that passion is contagious and rubs off like no other. It creates a fire within. A fire within that came home with me but find that getting back to “life” has taken the “roar” out of it. We go to Haiti to bring them help and hope, but what they give us words can not describe. I am so excited about the new efforts of the goat and tree program being implemented in Haiti and the blessings it will bring. Can’t wait to hear about all the magnificent ways God showed up while you were there!

    • Tana Koch
    • March 3rd, 2012

    Sue,
    What a hopeful word from the Lord for Haiti, I was reminded of the scriptures I read on 2-28
    Psalm 104:13 He waters the Mountains from His upper chambers. The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works.
    Amos 9:6 The One who builds His upper chamber in the Heavens, and has founded His vaulted dome over the earth. He who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the face of the earth. The Lord is His Name.
    Yes I believe in our God. I trust Him that as we went and others go in the power of the name of JESUS, His fruit is produced. Alleluia!!

  1. Both of those verses are so beautiful, Tana! Thanks for sharing them with us!

    • Mary Sue & Bob
    • March 5th, 2012

    Sue & Randi, so glad to hear that all is well. Thinking and praying for you both as you follow your faith and help those in Haiti.
    Love, Bob & Mary Sue

  2. I couldn’t agree more, Sue! Jesus, bring the rain!
    Cheryl

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