Bénis notre chère Haïti!
Haiti National Days of Prayer and Fasting
February 12, 13 and 14, 2010
President Preval called the nation to three days of prayer and fasting starting on Friday, marking one month after the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, Leogone, Petit Goave, and Jacmel. At the clinic we started on Thursday with a time of prayer and reflection, using the acrostic A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Testimony and Supplication). It was well attended by both staff and patients alike. On Friday, the clinic was closed for all but essential services.
Quite a few churches in PAP organized a united Fond-des-Negres Community Prayer Service, held in The Salvation Army primary school courtyard. The services began at 6:00 AM and ended each day around 12:30 PM. There was a crowd of 2,000+ each day with the crowd spilling out into the school yard. There weren’t enough chairs so many stood for 4 to six hours, quite a few in the full sun! At the end of Friday’s meeting they encouraged people to come with their own chairs and umbrellas.
The day was divided into sections with different pastors being responsible. There was a lot of very lively praise & worship which rose to a frenzied pitch. I filmed some of it but unfortunately, my camera can’t record sound.
An offering was taken up each day to cover the costs of the gas for the generator, water for the crowd, etc. With the lack of space to move around, I didn’t think many people would want to bother to squeeze out of their space to go forward to drop their offering in the basket. It was amazing to see people do just that and line up to make their contribution. On Saturday, Katianna from the SA Bethany Children’s home did the solo during the offering time.
People lining up to give Katianna’s solo
On Friday, 151 people responded to the call to accept Christ and on Saturday, the alter call was given BEFORE the final message of the morning and 100 people came forward. PTL! On Sunday there was rain during the early morning hours so it got off to a late start but by 9:00 AM the rain had stopped and the crowds gathered.
My prayers for this country are that there will be a rising up of a new spirit of leadership for this country, servant leadership, that there will be comfort for those who have lost family members and all their worldly belongings, that there will be a way to provide decent shelter for those who are still sleeping under sheets and tarps in soccer fields, parks, vacant lots and wherever they can find a bit of land and that the rebuilding of the country will be like a phoenix rising from the rubble.
One song that touched my heart the most out of all that were sung is almost a national hymn among protestant Haitians. It is in French so maybe some of you will understand it without me translating it.
Soldats de Christ et Haitiens,
Du ciel nous sommes citoyens,
Dans la Parole du Seigneur,
Nous trouvons le seul vrai bonheur.
Sauve, Seigneur, Bénis
Notre Chère Haït!
Avance vers Sion,
A Dieu consacre-toi,
Bénis notre chère Haïti!
Soldats de Christ et Haïtiens,
Soyons unis à tous les siens,
Car dans le Testament Nouveau,
Il nous a marqués de son sceau.
Du ciel devenez citoyens.
Chantez avec nous désormais:
Haïti pour Christ à jamais!