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Whose Sin?

Whose Sin?

Excerpted from an article by Ken Connor, Chairman of the Center for a Just Society and the former President of the Family Research Council.

It's true that, as Christians, we believe that God can and does use natural events to express his righteous judgment.

The Bible is full of instances in which people are punished by floods, fire, and yes, earthquakes as a result of sins committed against God and against each other.

Thus, it is not out of the question that the terrible natural disasters that have occurred over the centuries, including plagues of disease, have been evidence of God's displeasure with mankind.

It is also quite possible that God's wrath has nothing whatsoever to do with these events.

Jesus addressed this point explicitly with his disciples, who were quick to surmise that those suffering from various calamities and persecutions were being targeted for their sins or the sins of their fathers:

"Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

"Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13:2-5)

In this passage and elsewhere, Jesus redirects the disciples' attention from the outward to the inward.

Instead of speculating about the sins of others or the judgment of God, he says, we would do well to examine our own hearts and ask forgiveness for our own sins.

Christians should not be quick to assume that because calamity has befallen another, sin is the root cause of their problem.

The disciples made just such a mistake when they observed a man blind from birth and asked Jesus "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" (John 9:2)

Jesus responded, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him." (John 9:3) Jesus then went on to heal the man.

God's ways are not man's ways. (Isaiah 55: 8-9)

Therefore, rather than indulging in the temptation to assign blame when others suffer misfortune, we would do well to examine our own lives, repent of our own sins, and seek to be at peace with our neighbors.

We are commanded by God not to judge others, but instead to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Christ teaches us that we are all sinners; we all fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Let us all, therefore, respond to the tragedy in Haiti with an attitude of humility and repentance as we reach out to help those in need.

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Learning about Haiti
and Earthquakes

In This Issue: Part 1

Learning about Haiti
   •  Our Response: Helping Haiti Disaster Victims

Sidebar:  Article: Whose Sin?

In Next Issue: Part 2

Learning about Earthquakes
   •  Our Response: Preparing Our Family

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On January 12th, a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.  One month later, the estimated damage includes:

     230,000 dead
     1 million left homeless
     500,000 living in camps
     380,000 orphans
     5,000 escaped prisoners
     3 million people who need help

Shortages of food, clean water, adequate shelter and latrines are creating a spawning ground for epidemics.

In the aftermath, millions of Haitians affected physically, emotionally, and spiritually, could take years or even lifetimes to recover.

Media coverage has been nonstop.  Nations and individuals around the world, in sympathy and concern have given support for the Haitian people.

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How can you help your children understand and respond to this disaster as the Lord would want?

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Learning about Haiti

Haiti deserves our compassion, not only for her recent tragedy, but for her history of poverty, political violence, and spiritual darkness.

The following information was found mainly at the following three sources.  (Note: Information differed slightly from source to source.)

 •  The CIA online World Factbook, Country of Haiti.

 •  Operation WorldOnline information and prayer material excerpted from Operation World, a prayer handbook for the Church with concise information on every country from a Christian perspective in calendar format to assist systematic daily prayer.  Also available are: a CD version, Window on the World (Children's version), and a wall map.

 •  The U.S. Department of StateBackground Note: Haiti.

Haiti's Geography

Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic (western one-third is Haiti, eastern two-thirds is the Dominican Republic).

 •  Size:  slightly smaller than the state of Maryland

 •  Terrain:  mostly rough and mountainous

 •  Climate:  tropical; semiarid where mountains in east cut off trade winds

 •  Natural hazards:  lies in the middle of the hurricane belt and subject to severe storms from June to October; occasional flooding and earthquakes; periodic droughts

 •  Map StudyMap of Haiti

 •  Globe Study.

Locate Haiti on a globe and notice the relative position and nearness to the United States and other Caribbean countries.  (Links go to CIA World Factbook.)

1.  Republic of Cuba (Communist state)

2.  The Island of Hispaniola (Republic of Haiti and Dominican Republic)

3.  The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (territory of the US with commonwealth status).

Haiti's History and Government

A Tragic History

After Columbus discovered the island of Hispaniola in 1492, the native Taino Amerindians were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years.

The Spanish genocide against the indigenous Arawakans, the cruel slavery instituted and maintained by the Spanish and then the French are a tragic background.  Haiti has been plagued by tyrannies, cruelties, and political violence for most of its history.

Haiti:  1st Black Republic in the World;
2nd Oldest Republic in the Western Hemisphere

During the 18th century, African slaves were brought to work on sugarcane and coffee plantations.

In 1791, a slave revolt against the French resulted in the 1804 independence and the creation of the first black republic in the world and the second-oldest republic in the Western Hemisphere, after the United States.

How Haiti's Revolt Affected the United States

The impending defeat of the French in Haiti is widely credited with contributing to Napoleon's decision to sell the Louisiana territory to the United States in 1803.

The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the the United States and opened the door for westward expansion.

Troubled History Continued

Haiti has endured a troubled history of bloodshed and dictatorships since then.

 •  Read a May 3, 1971, Time magazine article on the death of Francois Duvalier and his voodoo associations, and the January 23, 2010, article "Voodoo despot who bled Haiti dry is tracked down to Paris where he's plotting to use quake tragedy to return to power."

Since 2004, about 8,000 peacekeepers from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) maintain civil order in Haiti.  Illegal migration and smuggling of illicit drugs are continuing problems.

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Learning about Haiti  (Continued)

Haiti's People

The people of Haiti are called Haitians.  Here are some facts.

 •  Population:  9,035,536 (estimates take into account the effects of excess mortality due to HIV/AIDS).

 •  Urban population:  40-47% of total population

 •  Ethnic groups:  black (Afro-Caribbean) 90-95%, mulatto (Eurafrican) and white Euro-American 5-10%

 •  Official Languages:  French and Creole

 •  Literacy (age 15 and over can read and write):  56%

 •  Poverty:  Haiti is the poorest and least-developed country in the Western Hemisphere with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54-75% in abject poverty.

Frequent natural disasters, soil erosion, pollution, drought, famine, and the lack of a viable government all contribute to this problem.

Haiti's Religions

 •  From U.S. Department of State, 2003 data:  Roman Catholic 55%, Protestant 28%, voudou (voodoo) practices pervasive.

 •  From CIA World Book:  Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16%; roughly half of the population practices voodoo.

Voodoo is a development of West African spiritism.  The word (also spelled Vodun, Vodou, Voudou, Vodoun, Vaudou, Vaudoux) is seldom used by Haitians, who speak of people following or serving the loa.

Haitians tend to see no conflict in these African-rooted beliefs coexisting with Catholicism.  Most Protestants, however, strongly oppose voodoo.

 •  Missionaries to Haiti:  449 in 76 agencies from 13 countries: USA 373, Canada 32, France 21.

Read about Voodoo from a Christian Perspective

 •  Voodoo and Haitian History

 •  Description of the Voodoo Religion

 •  What does the Bible say about Voodoo?

Links for More Information on Haiti

 •  BBC's Country profile of Haiti.  Includes a list of 13 natural disasters, beginning with the 1770 Earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince.

 •  A Country Study of Haiti

 •  The Embassy of Haiti in Washington, D.C.

 •  Faces of Haiti.  46 photos (none offensive).

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Our Response:
Helping Haiti Disaster Victims

As Christians, we are called to do what we can to help alleviate pain and suffering.  We can express the love of Christ to the people of Haiti through our prayers and gifts.

"I have never seen Haitians crying out to God like now," said Food for the Hungry's health program manager in Haiti.  "We need you to pray for lives to be changed by the grace of God."

1.  Pray

The people of Haiti need our prayers!

"We pray for all Haitians, relief workers, pastors and missionaries, and that saving light may shine in a land of great distress." – Dr Peter Masters, pastor, Metropolitan Tabernacle, London

Prayer needs include:

 •  The physical and spiritual needs of Haitians to be met

 •  Those that are meeting these needs in Haiti, for wisdom, strength, and protection

 •  For the thousands of children who are separated from, or do not have, parents

 •  That those who can, will give

2.  Give to a Christian Relief Organization

Give through your own local church or one of the following organizations.

Many quality relief organizations are doing tremendous work in Haiti.  The following are trusted ministries that give in Christ's name and share the Gospel.

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

You can learn more about each organization and see a report of their relief work in Haiti by accessing their website.

 •  Samaritan's Purse (supplies aid to the poor, sick, and suffering with food, medicine, and other assistance)

 •  Compassion International (works with children, families, and communities)

 •  World Vision (works with children, families, and communities)

 •  Food for the Hungry (Supplies food)

 •  Mercy Ships (operates hospital ships)

 •  Habitat for Humanity (builds housing)

Haiti Relief Donations
May Qualify for Immediate Tax Relief

Under certain conditions, people who give to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti (Jan. 11 - Feb. 28, 2010) can claim these donations on their 2009 or 2010 tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

"Americans have opened their hearts to help those affected by the Haiti earthquake," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.  "This new law provides an immediate tax benefit for the many taxpayers who have made generous donations."

3.  Help Promote Evangelical,
     Gospel Resources in Haitian Creole

You many want to order these resources, point your church or ministry to their availability, or support their ministry with a donation.

 •  Haitian Creole Bible online

 •  Download copyright-free HTML software for Haitian Creole Bible

 •  Introduction to the Haitian Creole Language with everyday and spiritual/biblical vocabulary enabling you to share the Gospel.  Low-cost, self-study book plus tape or CD from Logos Language Institute.

 •  God's Simple Plan of Salvation gospel tract in Creole

 •  Solar-Powered Audio Bibles for Haiti.  Available for relief groups, churches, and ministries.  (800) 545-6552,

 •  The Jesus Film, the full 2-hour classic movie, in Haitian Creole French.  (This movie is also offered in more than 1,000 languages!)  Watch the full or children's versions or listen to the sound tract online.

 •  Radio Lumiere is a network of nine Christian radio stations and a Christian television station.  It covers 90% of the island of Haiti with the message of Christ's love.  In addition, it streams live.

 •  Haitian Creole Bible - order online.

 •  Answers in Genesis Booklets available in Haitian Creole

4.  Adoptions Halted

The Haitian government has halted the departure of all orphans until it can guarantee that only legitimate adoptions are being approved.

World Vision's chief executive, Justin Byworth, said a wave of adoptions could leave children vulnerable to trafficking and abuse.

Jasmine Whitbread, Save the Children's chief executive, said: "The vast majority of the children currently on their own still have family members alive who will be desperate to be reunited with them and will be able to care for them with the right support."

Organizations are registering people, children and others, who are separated, homeless, in hospitals, and are trying to reunite families.

"For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
naked, and you clothed Me;
I was sick, and you visited Me;
I was in prison, and you came to Me."

Then the righteous will answer Him,
"Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You,
or thirsty, and give You something to drink?
And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in,
or naked, and clothe You?
When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?"

The King will answer and say to them,
"Truly I say to you, to the extent
that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine,
even the least of them, you did it to Me."

Matthew 25:34-45


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