|Sam apparently wants to be a vet!|
One thing which stood out to me over our time at home was that people are really the same all over the world….no matter what their background, their skin colour, whether they are rich or poor…etc. When you live in somewhere like Haiti it’s easy to think that life in Haiti is so much harder than anywhere in the western world, that people at home have no problems and that living in poverty is so awful (which it is) that people in the western world don’t even have the right to complain about anything. However no matter what country we are in, we will find pain, sickness, death, sadness, grief, hunger, lying, fighting, jealousy, hatred and all of these are a result of sin. And this sin not only separates us from God but it destroys. It destroys relationships and it destroys lives. And we know the only way for us to be forgiven from our sin is to put our trust and our faith in Jesus.
Over the past 6 weeks many people asked me how do you think Haiti is ever going to change? How long will the people of Haiti have to keep suffering? I believe the only way and the only answer is as people turn to God and start living for him rather than Satan or themselves only then will Haiti change. And I believe the same thing for Northern Ireland. Our wee country has many problems too, different to Haiti but still problems and still people are suffering. But at the end of the day it really all boils down to sin. Look at these cute little faces, yet anyone with kids (especially toddlers) know that sin controls their lives, they argue, they scream, they fight and they generally only think about themselves. We have to teach them to share, to be nice to each other, to be kind, to say please, to say thank you etc etc!!! It's just another way of us seeing that we all born with that sin nature. But how great it is to know we can be forgiven and we can have victory over this sin nature through Jesus death on the cross taking our punishment for sin.
Now were in Youngstown, Alberta Canada. We have just spent the weekend in Glagow Montana sharing at the Evangelical church there where Bill’s mum grew up. This Saturday is a big Edler family reunion with about 80 people coming and a chance for us to share about Haiti with family as well as meet lots of aunts, uncles, cousins etc who I have never met before.