Jim Glynn is a pastor and president of Heart of God Ministries. He has spent over 27 years working in Haiti and has a tremendous heart for this country.
Pastor Guillomettre told us that diaspora (Haitians living in the US and elsewhere) gave money to build this little hospital, and he manages it. Now since the quake, doctors and nurses from a variety of countries are coming here to work long days treating the many people who crowd the rooms and the yard. All the people coming now have rather severe traumas and injuries.
We interviewed Pastor Guillomettre, who is intimately connected with many pastors and is himself the head of one of the major pastors' associations in Haiti, and I was so thrilled to hear him speak so boldly and clearly in response to questions like, "How would you characterize the church in Haiti before the quake compared to what you have been able to see happening now?", "What effect has the quake had on people coming to Christ?" "How do you understand God's part in the earthquake?" "How do you feel about what has happened here?"
Pastor Guillomettre was able to clearly speak of a God who is in control of everything, and yet is filled with love for His people. He has no problem reconciling those two aspects of being God of the Universe. He says he is filled with joy at what God is doing as a result of this quake, and what it means for the future of Haiti, but he rejoices with tears in his eyes for all who have died and are suffering greatly as a result. He is thanking the Lord through his tears. He said that it seems everyone is turning to Jesus. You can hardly find anyone who cries out, "Save and preserve us, voodoo spirits" at a time like this, but the first words on everyone's lips are cries to JESUS. Every day, he estimates, thousands are coming to Christ. Churches that used to be divided by doctrines and other spirits of competition and jealousy are united. Wherever worship is happening and whoever is leading it, everyone joins in as one people crying out to the Lord with one voice. He said it's time for a transformation and it's already happening, and that out of these ashes he and most other Christians seem to believe that a new Haiti is going to arise.
I left my partner Guillomettre with an ache in my heart, the kind of ache that comes from a deep longing. His boldness, joy, and anticipation in the midst of this destruction and death fueled my own call from God to proclaim the message of revival that springs from a renewed and purified church and a people who have given up hope in everything on earth to seek Jesus only. Now the people's hearts are open and ready to receive this message. Who will proclaim the message now? The material aid is pouring in from so many countries that the airport cannot handle the airplanes that want to land...as of yesterday I was told 1,700 planes wanted to land here that could not because there's only one runway, a makeshift tower since the real one was destroyed by the quake, and the ground space at the airport overcrowded. But the Haitian people, as desperately as they need food, water, medical help, and shelter, also need spiritual aid. The revival message is already being birthed inside them by the Holy Spirit, as I am seeing wherever I turn, but it needs to be confirmed and strengthened. I'm trying to imagine "spiritual relief" tents going up beside the medical and food distribution tents!
We stopped at the airport where the other guys had to meet with someone inside. I could not enter, because I don't have an official "press" badge. So I stayed outside with our two drivers. I saw a group of men standing outside the airport entrance with badges that identified themselves as baggage handlers, the guys who usually accost you when you arrive at the airport for departure, or when you exit the airport arriving in the country. They live on the tips people give them. Some of them know me so I stopped to talk with them. There are no commercial flights arriving or departing, so they have no job to do, yet stil they come to the airport each day just to hang around, hoping something will just turn around and the flights that give them money to live on will resume.
Two things happened: First, I was able to talk with them as a group, about 25 men, just standing in a circle on the street. Once again the miracle happened that I've never witnessed before: all wanted to quietly listen and nod their heads to what I had to say about the Lord and revival and the renewal of their own faith at this time. Some got tears in their eyes as I spoke, and all agreed that they wanted to be close to Jesus more than ever before in their lives. Many spoke about prayer and worship and I encouraged them in prayer as I prayed over them.
Then I took down all their names and said I would try to get MRE packages for them, because all said they were hungry and had not yet received any kind of aid. I'm sure, seeing that I'm working with CBN and Operation Blessing, that I should be able to do something to help these guys.
One result of my being here is that I am taking notes to write a "theology of diaster from heaven's perspective." We Christians are so frightened to tell the world the truth we know about disasters. We are wishy-washy, because most of us don't really know, or will not accept, the clear Biblical and historical truth. Meanwhile, those who hate us are only fueled in their hatred and see that we can be intimidated from speaking the truth, even in love. If we say God sent the earthquake, then we are asked, "How can you believe in a God who would send an earthquake to kill innocent people?" If we say the earthquake was a natural disater not sent by God, then we are asked, "How can you believe in such a weak God who cannot protect people from such a disaster; does He just sit back and let these things happen, helpless?" I must write very clearly and carefully, but I'm doing it.
The Haitians have no problem at this moment understanding what has happened here from a spiritual perspective; it's the rest of the world, especially our own nation, that cannot handle the truth. But we must be able to speak intelligently and clearly, in love, which is more important than knowledge or power or clever writing. I pray God will give me the wisdom to be able to do this, otherwise I believe we will continue to be a people who do not even understand our own God!
I pray God will give me the opportunity to be one of those through whom He will speak His voice in this hour to the Christians, and then to the nation of Haiti. I don't yet know how that will happen, but I know the hour has come and the pastors and people are ready to hear and act like the real Church of Jesus Christ.
Jim Glynn, President
Heart of God Ministries
Freeport, IL USA