Unless You Are Blind
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. This is not a new development. It's population is about 10 million, and its Gross Domestic Product is about $2 per person, per day. Because of national poverty, the land has been about 98% denuded of foliage, so that people could feed themselves and keep warm. Much of the pillaging of the land has been due to corrupt government, such as the government of "Papa Doc" Duvalier and his equally corrupt son "Baby Doc".
All of the poverty and economic challenges, along with the spiritual challenges of this land predate the earthquake of January 12, 2010. That the earthquake and its aftershocks has destroyed significant parts of the country, while killing 200,000 people or more, is indisputable.
In my opinion, God has finally allowed something to occur in that nation, with this earthquake that has brought the attention of the world to the plight of the people there. The world ignored mostly, that the poverty and corruption that existed in Haiti was there, and even though there are nearly 1,000,000 Haitian immigrants in the US and Canada, we have all been blind to the conditions of a nation that is just off our shores. Missionaries went there to help out, as best they could. In fact, the United Nations has also been present in the country since 1993, and before the earthquake had approximately 9,000 peace keepers and police from many countries around the globe on site. In fact, without those resources on the ground already, the effects of the disaster would have been magnified.
Now, as a result of the earthquake, and the release of news of this disaster, there is a giant bandwagon forming that will provide much needed relief to the people of Haiti. Last night, there was a major telethon, which will add hundreds of millions of dollars to the relief efforts that have been going on already. The turning of our hearts to the plight of our brothers and sisters in their hour of need is an important one, particularly while many in our own nations are hurting economically, due to the recession.
The addition of American and Canadian and other nation's troops to assist the people, along with specialists from Mexico in earthquake rescue has already impacted the situation, and will continue.
The people of Haiti need us to turn out hearts to them, but they needed us to do it 50 years ago, and instead we turned our backs on them.
Many Haitians gave their lives in the last 10 days or so, so that we would see the need. They are martyrs to the cause of fighting poverty in our world, and God will reward them for it.
May God Bless the people of Haiti, and bring renewal to their country, through the aid of their sisters and brothers throughout the world. We are all One Body.