My first morning in Haiti, I sat on a concrete slab on the edge of the orphanage property…listened, watched, and prayed.
The kids were scattered and busy doing chores and getting ready for school. They has already spent time worshipping and praying together to start their day. Some were carrying buckets of water back & forth, some preparing breakfast, some helping the younger kids. Roosters were crowing, dogs barking. “Mama” was sweeping – which became a familiar and comforting morning sound.
I have been reading through Psalms for awihle, and this day I came to a familiar passage that stopped me.
There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come
and worship before you, O Lord,
and shall glorify your name.
For you are great and do wondrous things;
you alone are God.
ALL nations He has made will bring Him glory. That includes Haiti. He made this country. I began wondering, God – how can this place bring you glory? A nation that is known for it’s history of evil, a place & people that have been broken and damaged by disasters and disease. Where are you working here, God?
Later that afternoon, He answered so clearly.
As I painted a fresh coat of pink paint to cover earthquake damaged walls in one of the kids rooms, James joined me. As we painted, he began to sing. Softly, but I recognized the chorus as he worshipped in english:
“Holy is the Lord, God Almighty, the earth is filled with His glory.”
The earth is filled with His glory. The earth includes Haiti. His Glory is there, His glory was in the room with me that day, His glory is in James. His glory is in each of us…we didn’t just bring it to Haiti, it was already there.
James is a 14 year old orphan who has been raised by Pastor Lucien along with his brother Stivenson and sister Nirva. Sitvenson is now at the Dominican Republic orphanage, teaching the younger kids to play music and a worship leader in their church. Nirva has finished school and is working and helps support the orphanage with her skills and a heart to raise up the next generation. James is following in the footsteps of his older brother & sister. Pastor Lucien dreams and prays for young people to rise up and become leaders in churches, businesses, and in their country. The cycle has been broken, and God’s glory is clearly seen.
Through God’s people, the nation of Haiti IS glorifying His name.