Top 5 Prayer Needs for Haiti

A friend of mine leads a large young adult gathering in Charlotte that is doing amazing things for that city. Tonight close to a thousand of them will unite together in prayer for Haiti. He asked me what I thought were the top 5 prayers needs. Here is my shot at it. Please add yours in the comments:

  1. RESCUE: Pray for those who still need to be rescued. Some are buried and others are near death due to major injury, lack of food, water, medical care.
  2. RELIEF-WORKERS: Pray for those from all around the world who have gone to Haiti to help in the rescue and recovery efforts. Safety, wisdom, energy.
  3. HAITIAN CHURCH: Pray for the church in Haiti, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and their role in rebuilding their country.
  4. PROTECTION: Pray for God’s protection in the days to come as looting and violence becomes common due to the circumstances.
  5. ORPHANS: Pray for all the children that just lost one or both parents. Pray for the orphanages. Many of their buildings are devastated and they lack essential resources.

The Church at Brook Hills • Radical Series

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The Church at Brook Hills • Media

I am hearing from more and more folks that this series by David Platt at Brookhills has really impacted them. It is powerful! The other month I posted one of the sermons from this series here. I encourage you to listen/watch that sermon and the rest as they address what the gospel says concerning the poor, oppressed, orphaned and widowed.

Modern Paraphrase of Matthew 25

This broke my heart from the Livesay Haiti blog.

“For I was hungry, while you had all you needed. I was thirsty, but you drank BOTTLED water. I was a stranger, and you wanted me DEPORTED. I needed clothes, but you needed MORE clothes. I was sick, and you pointed out the BEHAVIORS that led to my sickness. I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I DESERVED.” – Richard Stearns, The Hole in Our Gospel

From left to right: Dieuvlet, Peterly, Jonny, Gilderson

(These four boys are all living in the RHFH Rescue Center, receiving Medika Mamba, and trying to gain weight and recover).

Defend the Cause of the Orphan

In light of the new horror movie ‘Orphan’ Tom Davis has issued a great challenge on his blog to defend the cause of the orphan in a positive way. Here it is:

I want to challenge my readers and friends to write 500 positive blog posts about how an orphan has impacted and changed your life. Post this on your own blog so that when people search for the movie, they are flooded with positive messages about adoption and orphan care.

Just finish this sentence: “Warner Bros. new horror movie Orphan proclaims that it must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own. Let me tell you about how an orphan changed my life…”

This is the heart of defending orphans. Help push back the darkness and deceit here by holding up as an example the powerful love that adoption and orphan care can unleash.

Here’s how you can defend the orphan:

1. Write a “positive protest post” on your blog that references the movie, Orphan.
2. Focus on your orphan care or adoption story that is positive, redeeming, and full of love.
3. Link your post here via a trackback or comment.
4. Send out an e-mail, Facebook message, or tweet to get others to do the same on their blogs.

If you don’t have a blog, post your story on the Christian Alliance for Orphans Site.

Make sure you link back or comment here so we can keep track of the 500 posts.

The Isaiah 58 Fast

Picture 3The Lord has been using Isaiah 58 to stir folks from around the country to pray and fast for the poor, the hungry, and the fatherless. Each Wednesday we are devoting the day to fast, to call on the Lord, spend time in Isaiah 58, to pray with and for one another, and to pour ourselves out practically for the poor.

Isaiah 58 is an incredible prescription for God’s people. In it, God promises heights of joy unlike any other to those who pour themselves out for the poor. It is hard to read it without being deeply challenged, convicted, and comforted at the same time! I encourage you to read it today.

We would love to have you join us and others from these great organizations as we seek God’s glory and the good of the poor around the world.

Children’s HopeChest, HopeMongers, Amazima, Red Letters Campaign, Global Orphan Outreach, Orphan Relief and Rescue, Remember the Poor, Doma Connection

Follow the iFast58 tweets here