January 12, 2010 was an unforgettable day when a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti. Within an hour of the earthquake, I received a call to get ready to go to Haiti.
Thirty-three hours later, I left home as part of a combined Medical Teams International and Haiti Foundation of Hope team. I had time to grab my camera and a few other essentials, knowing I would be gone for two months. I did not have time to watch the TV coverage of the earthquake, but instead asked family and friends to pray that I would be able to be helpful, able to do whatever was asked without crying, and take pictures of the damage and suffering. During those two months I saw the greatest suffering of my life.
I returned home shortly before Easter and made many Easter cards with this picture. This was my most significant picture. It hangs on the wall of my office. The sun is shining across the body of Christ. It is both startling and stunning! It is such a vivid picture of the Biblical promises of Christ for us: He will never leave us or forsake us . . . He is with us always . . . We do not suffer alone . . . He suffers for us and with us . . . We can count on Him . . . His love is unending.
As I look at this picture today knowing that the people of Haiti continue to suffer unimaginably, it is a reminder that God is still there in Haiti. Christ stands with the Haitians and has not left them without hope.
Please join Haiti Foundation of Hope in prayer for our Haitian friends to look for Christ daily, to feel His love in these difficult times, to not lose hope, to continue to flourish, to continue to care for their neighbors, to tend the sick, and to share the good news of the Gospel.
by Linda Markee, HFH Founder Emerita