05 January 2012

Help is Here

Someone who has become a very good friend of ours here in Haiti has posted something that, when read, was a great help to me in our current situation.  John McHoul has really reached out to our family the past few months and we are grateful for his friendship.  He and his wife Beth have been in Haiti for 22 years and have a wealth of experience and knowledge.  To say that they are doing a great thing here would be an understatement, because actually, they are doing several beyond-great things here.  The original post can be found here.

Thanks again, John!

Those That Help Us Live in Haiti - Part One
by John McHoul

We have lived in Haiti for 22 years.  There, in that time, have been, as in life, easy times and difficult times.  The one constant has been God’s faithfulness and the faithful support of His people that has allowed us to live in this land of unlimited impossibility. And there, of course, have been the examples of others that we can look to and which bring encouragement and  help us to hang in there in the struggles.I over the next couple of weeks  will be posting about some of those that through their lives and faithfulness have been examples to us that have helped us live and minister in Haiti.

Let’s begin with the Old Testament Judge, Gideon the son of Josiah.  You can read about him in Judges chapters 6-8.

God used him to deliver the Israelites from the oppression of the Midianites.  He confronted his own weakness and doubts and saw his own plan for victory succumb to God’s plan. As so often, man’s plan put a lot of trust in man and man’s resources.  God’s plan does just the opposite.

So Gideon recruited 22,000 men to fight against the 120.000 Midianites  But God liked His odds better and had Gideon reduce his army down to 300 men.  He said He did it because He didn’t want Israel to think that it was their power and military strength that defeated the Midianites.

God’s plan worked and Gideon and the 300 slew 120,000 Midianites but the job wasn’t yet finished and here in where I find HUGE encouragement and the oomph  to continue on even when weary or discouraged.

There were two Kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, who decided not to hang around as Gideon’s 300 defeated their 120,000 so they fled as fast as they could to get away from Gideon and his army and although Gideon and his army were weary from the battle, the task was unfinished and we read in Judges 8:4 Then Gideon and the 300 men who were with him came to the Jordan and crossed over, weary yet pursuing.  Gideon caught up with these two Kings and they came to the same end as their 120,000 soldiers.

I can’t tell you how many times over the past 22 years that I have come back to these three words: WEARY YET PURSUING and have found the inspiration to keep going on and not give up.  Perhaps, you, as well will find encouragement and strength through the life of Gideon and in the three simple words: WEARY YET PURSUING.

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

Galatians 6:9

1 comment:

Katie @ Imperfect People said...

I love this line, "man’s plan put a lot of trust in man and man’s resources. God’s plan does just the opposite."
Thank you!