We show you the mud cookies that fill the babies stomachs when there are no beans and rice to eat. We tell you that men in the village don't have jobs, and children don't have shoes. You cry when you hear about the little boy who begged us for one plate of food for his dying brother. And you gasp when you see the picture of the child who died just days after it was taken.
But maybe what we have not done such a good job at telling you is this…yes, these are the needs that drew us to a desire to help this country, but that is not what made us fall in love with Haiti. It was their strength and beauty that found its way into our hearts.
I could go on and on about the strength of children who share far better in their need than my children do with their wants, or about men who lead by example as they sing the loudest of all to "This Little Light of Mine," or women who lift up praise songs as they kneel on bruised knees under the scorching sun to hand scrub their families' clothes.
Yes this country has needs. They are poor; their government is weak; their land is Satan's playground because of their rampant Voodoo. For this reason we have been called to help Haiti.
But there are also Christians in that country who have taught me about trusting in the Lord with all my heart and about having joy in my salvation in a way that I never before experienced in America. For this reason, I love Haiti.
Read more about our family's Journey to Help Haiti.