I met with a group of leaders yesterday morning to discuss the Haitian crisis and what we can do….today, tomorrow, and beyond. I’ve been operating on adrenaline fueled by images of instantaneous crisis for the last week. It was good for me to step back a few feet and look at the bigger picture – the future of Haiti and the Haitian people.
There are as many theories about what is wrong with Haiti as there are people to spew them and I make no presuppositions about my ability to diagnose and treat the past…but I do know one thing: The future of Haiti resides in her orphanages.
Those children on CNN sitting in their filthy diapers, hoping for the UN to come? The future leaders of Haiti are among them. The five year old wandering the streets, thirsty and afraid? He’s a neurosurgeon in the making….or a gang member….or a statistic.
Each of these children is worth saving for their own sake – but their value is magnified exponentially when we consider the impact they could have on the rebuilding of their nation. They could be the building blocks of Haiti 2.0, or they could be a rotting foundation on which nothing will ever be built. Our wisdom and diligence in dealing with the orphan question will be displayed for all to see in twenty years.
The children of Haiti face three potential influences in the next twenty years.
One scenario would be titled More of the Same – a meager existence with little hope. Even before the earthquake, this was not a good answer for the hope of Haiti.
Another would mean capture by sex traffickers who are rushing to Haiti. Mark Driscoll recently twittered about seeing a relief worker buying a young girl. It’s hard to tell the helpers from the demons right now. And yes, they took the guy’s photo and are sending it to the agency he works with.
A third way would be complicated.
It would be expensive.
And it very well may deliver a people from years of circumstantial, political, and demonic oppression.
That third way would involve training an army of orphans in the true, apostolic gospel of Jesus….one undiluted by voodoo, unimpressed by politics, and unselfish in teaching how to give oneself to a greater good. I’m not talking about just orphan care – although that’s totally valid. I’m talking about orphan-formation that raises them with a destiny. I’m talking about planting seeds of hope in children that will redeem that beautiful land.
It would take a long time and cost a bucket of money…but I can’t acquiesce to allowing for the other two options to be all we offer them. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not sure how we do it – but I’ll be the last to surrender on the idea.
The future of Haiti is at stake.
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