America, Haiti Is Watching… And Praying For You
By Pastor Luc Aristhene
Senior Pastor, Blanchard Church
It is quite often we hear our American friends say that they are praying for us and our country, Haiti. It is so encouraging to know that they really are, as we have gone, and continue to go through, trials and challenges as a nation. Some have carried Haiti in their hearts in many ways, including hanging a sign or a piece of art, others have made significant financial contributions to help make a difference in the life of our people, and some go beyond financial giving to commit a week, a month, a year, or even more, in order to come and be physically involved in making the difference in our country.
Interestingly, more than the personal involvement of American friends and churches, is the general influence America has on the day-to-day happenings in Haiti and many other countries. The recent presidential election in America is an example. The world was tuned in, America! The Haitian media covered the long process of the election through Election Day with as much enthusiasm and interest as one of the rare good elections held to date in Haiti. We can say with no exaggeration that America sets the tone for the world, whether we want to admit it or not. In our case, most of the current influential leaders of our country – religious or political – are people who were either educated in America or have simply lived and worked in the United States for a number of years. No wonder our life style and culture are so American oriented!
It goes without saying that when good things happen to and in America, it is good for us and, when bad things are happening in America, the rest of the world is so guided.
Now with that being true, what a privilege it is for individual American Christians and churches to continue to find ways to reach out and influence the world for Jesus! What a responsibility for America to remain true and consistent to values and beliefs that once made America the contagious and influential nation she has become!
We are praying for you America! We are praying for the Witnesses of the TRUTH to be bolder and more determined than ever before in passing on the right influence to a world that is always ready to jump at the next trend, no matter how evil or disastrous it is.
May God bless America! May He re-commission the Christians and may His churches continue to influence the world.