A common sight in Haiti. Will this child be able to read and write someday?
We have to be careful who we call “the least of these!” What do we first measure when we meet a person…their earthly wealth or their eternal treasure? Most of the time we are not on the same page with God about who are truly “the least.” God can see the heart of the richest man on earth and might see him as entirely bankrupt. When we meet a homeless person or someone forced to beg, only God knows their faith and their hope for eternity. Paul concludes in the book of Romans that each person is either justified or condemned by their faith before God. James says, “Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?” (James 2:5)
Let’s start with earthly riches. Haiti is indeed the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Globally, Haiti was just ranked 140 out of 142 countries in the 2015 Prosperity Index (The Legatum Prosperity Index™…google it or visit www.prosperity.com) just before Afghanistan and the Central African Republic, losing five places compared to last year…there are basically no jobs and no opportunities for many here. Except for the top few percent, everyone is in survival mode day after day. Push, shove, lie, cheat, steal. And with nothing to do, you usually get into trouble.
…ENTER THE GOSPEL! (eternal riches)
“The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
When someone comprehends their sin before a holy God and comprehends the wrath of God on them if they die in that state, the spiritual eyes are open. Sharing something as basic as the Ten Commandments brings this light to every man and his conscience bears record that it is true.
What if it was your job to teach 45 first graders?
2015 in Review. In 2015 our MEBSH Child Care staff worked together for Christ as we served all ages of children and young adults. In the midst of crushing need here, we tried to bring hope and encouragement with a smile and a listening ear, as well as finding opportunities to share the gospel. And we have seen first-hand how a faithful sponsor can provide real hope through monthly support, letters, gifts and personal visits with the students while visiting here in Haiti.
In 2015 we added two new sponsored schools, bringing our number of schools to 120. We are now helping with the sponsorship of a total of 1,079 students from Kindergarten through the 13th year in 15 local MEBSH schools, including students in the trade/technical schools and those at the university level. The school sponsorship program affects over 10,000 Haitians students! (AC World Relief sponsors 710 students and 114 schools through MEBSH Child Care and over 450 students plus one school through Help a Child in Haiti.)
Are you interested in sponsoring a child or an entire school in Haiti? You can help at any level! For more information, visit www.acworldrelief.org/sponsorships/. You can give a child lasting hope through education, hearing the gospel, and the ability to read the Bible for themselves. Your intervention in the life of one child can make a lasting difference and affect generations to come.
A Few Favorite Photos from 2015
The globes, the trophies, the map of Haiti, the hand bell on the desk, the gray walls…is this set up for a school play or is this the real thing? Take the picture!!
“Whatever you do for the least of these my brothers or sisters, you do it for Me.” Matthew 25:40
Thanks for remembering that providing for “the least of these” is God’s heart!