Posted by: Ed | June 8, 2010

JOURNEY IN HAITI and the Weekend that Was

Back in the USA, back at Journey on a weekend, but hopefully not fully back to normal.

This was a weird and cool weekend at Journey. For a variety of reasons we scrapped the weekend that we had planned, which was to be a break in the God at the Movies series, and added the very close runner up in the People’s Choice balloting, UP.

But then came that little excursion to Haiti that you can read about in the 4 or 5 posts previous to this one. My original plan was to give a report on my trip (about 5-10 minutes) and then launch into the weekend message. I was going to talk more extensively about Haiti and “Church to Church” when we had more of a fully developed plan. But I felt like Paul in the Acts 16 – trying to speak, but the Spirit “forbidding me” – o.k. this may be a little over the top, but you get the idea.

So on Wednesday afternoon, the team and I decided we had to just talk about Haiti. I felt like the Lord had a word for us.

My main fear, honestly, was how raw things were with me in Haiti. In case you can’t tell from the previous posts, I got WRECKED by my 5 days in Haiti. All week when I was alone I was getting choked up thinking about what I experienced, what I saw – the devastation, the hope, the heroic pastors. Somehow we got through and I felt like God was clearly moving.


Marko and I share some highlights and pics. Then I laid out the message, such as it was. That night I spoke at New Format (our college ministry gathering). Your (people of Journey) response was stellar! Here’s what I wrote in my journal today:
YOU GOT ME THROUGH – I was a long weekend. I tossed & turned all night Sat night nervous about it. It was powerful. God, there are times I marvel at Your church. There are times when I marvel at the grace gift that has been given to me to be a part of it, let alone lead and speak to it.

SELAH – It was a perfect weekend for a Selah. I felt led to share something as we began Selah. It was basically this: On a weekend like this, when we’ve seen and heard about such a grave situation, the wrong response is, “I have nothing to complain about; I won’t even bother God with my little problems when there are people living in tents and lacking food.” That basically says 2 really wrong things:
1. “God, you help those people with real problems, I can handle this.” Yikes! Veiled pride.
2. “I don’t want to ask You for anything God, because there are people that need so much more.” This one carries the assumption that God can only handle so much. I don’t want to tap Him out asking Him to help me with my “American” problems. Listen, God has plenty. His resources are inexhaustible! We need to approach Him knowing that.

I’m grateful for the Journey we took together this weekend. But we’ve just begun. To answer the hundreds of emails that I got today, YES we are going to be telling you more about what our partnership look like and what you can do! I’m stoked you are so ready to go! Keep your ears open. You’ll be hearing specifics SOON!

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Responses

  1. The buildings fell and the people of Haiti are lifting up the name of Jesus in response. A remarkable outcome. The Spirit is moving on the island in a big way, bringing hope to a people whose circumstances would seem hopeless. I think God loves it when we are WRECKED out of love for others.

  2. Jason gave a copy of Sit Walk Stand to my daughter. Consequently a God inspired revolution has ensued around our house and then comes Haiti. Wow. This shows how Gods Hand Has been
    preparing the hearts and minds of us Journey folk for a while, Knowing God probably for years.

  3. i am all in my eyes, heart, where God leads us in his will. praying God will show me a vision to lead or to serve your servant is humble and willing to go where ever you command Lord.

  4. I knew that you would come back with amazing stories and I thank you for them. I walked away from Sunday’s service in a daze. I shared many of your stories with friends over the last few days. What moved me the most was when you said that there was no structure that was working for them in their government and within their communities, but the church. A possible light at the end of a very long tunnel for many of them. May it burn brighter and brighter for them every day, and with our help…

  5. I would like to do 2 things, make a monthly $ commitment to the church in Haiti. Something like a “Share of Life”, like I buy a monthly share in the life of the church there for $____
    2nd I want to go and equip them in healing and of course pray for and with them for lots of sick folk.
    Can this happen?
    PS There are no Hiccups in heaven, right?!

  6. Yup! Completely Wrekcked….Let’s ROCK this Church to Church thing!


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