Praying for Haiti, Crossing Volunteers

As Dave mentioned on Sunday, three members of The Crossing are among the many volunteers seeking to help with those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti. Both pediatrician Holly Bondurant and nurse anesthetist Mark Gortmaker are already in country and will be working at a hospital in northern Haiti for the next few days. (For more information on their team, see local news stories here and here.) Additionally, ENT surgeon Matt Page was scheduled to arrive Wednesday as a part of a separate group looking to treat facial traumas in a city called Cap-Haitien on the north coast.

Having some of our own community in Haiti gives us all the more reason to be praying in light of the incredibly difficult situation here. Consider praying for the following things:

1. For God to relieve the overall suffering of those living in Haiti. While accurate casualty estimates are understandably difficult at this point, figures range from approximately 50,000 to 200,000 dead and perhaps even more wounded. To offer some perspective, during the Vietnam War, the U.S. suffered approximately 58,000 dead and 153,000 wounded. Such massive loss of life and injury, in addition to causing terrible pain for family and loved ones, will undoubtedly leave deep scars on Haitian society and culture.

2. For God to use difficulty and tragedy to turn hearts toward trusting in him. In the Scriptures, God repeatedly uses pain, suffering, adversity, as a means to bring people to himself and accomplish his greater good purposes. Pray that many, many people trust in Christ, the only ultimate remedy for human sin and suffering.

3. For the team members themselves. Pray that God would provide safety for them during travel and their time in country. Pray also that he would give them great endurance, compassion, and skill as they seek to meet the needs of so many in a very challenging situation.

4. For the families of the team members. Pray that God would give them ample grace to deal with the absence of their loved ones.

In all of this, I’d encourage you to remember the power of prayer. What we often think of as little more than token involvement can be, biblically speaking, incredibly powerful—not because of our own merit or skill of course, but rather because it involves the God of the universe.

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