This week, I’m visiting Thailand for some global marketing meetings. I sit at a table with 35 other Compassion staff members from around the world. Our hearts are heavy. Haiti permeates the room. We constantly wait and pray together for news from our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
I sit in the meetings barely able to focus. I’m overwhelmed by this all-encompassing ache that envelops me. I’m experiencing what so many of you are experiencing: My heart is in Haiti.
I cannot find words to express my anguish and sorrow. I imagine if I could name the ache, it would help alleviate some of the pain I am feeling. But the words won’t come. And so, here in Thailand, I wait.
Waiting alone can cause despair. But waiting together offers hope.
I’ve seen that not only within my co-workers but on OurCompassion. I go to the site daily, sometimes hourly, to read other people’s posts and comments about Haiti. In their words, I find that I am not alone.
One of my OurCompassion friends posted this:
“The first two days after the quake, I could barely think straight about anything but Haiti. I just stood there watching the news, holding my breath, with my insides shaking.”
That’s me too.
In the OurCompassion group, “Heart for Haiti,” members are posting pictures of their sponsored kids, encouraging each other, and sharing prayer requests. Some are fasting together. We’re reaching out to one another in hope.
If you’re feeling like me and need to wait together instead of waiting alone … come join us. There are more than 450 of us in the group and we’re waiting, grieving and hoping together. We’re praying for God’s mercy and love to pour out on His people in Haiti.
If you’re not already registered on OurCompassion, do so. Then join the group, “Heart for Haiti.” You’ll see a link to it on the home page.
You don’t have to be a Compassion sponsor to join OurCompassion, and you don’t have to sponsor a child in Haiti to join the “Heart for Haiti” group.