The last week of January, our kids here in Alabama were hyped up for a good snow, only to awake to a cold rain. Oh well, that’s Alabama for you! The Bible in Proverb 13:12a (NKJV) says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Most of us have been heart-sick over some disappointment. We get our hopes up and then it deflates like a cheap balloon. When we listen to people’s stories, we hear the heart-cry of broken dreams and promises. In these moments, we have a great opportunity to share the hope we have in Jesus.
One of the things we do, through this ministry, in the far-flung outposts of the world is to give hope in Jesus. Paul in his teaching about the resurrection said, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable [miserable]” (1 Corinthians 15:19 NKJV). If not for the resurrection in Jesus, it would all be quite pointless.
I have seen some poor and pitiful people in this world. I have been in the slums of India, where the people were living in shacks made of scraps. The poorest of the poor in Haiti live in huts made of sticks and scrap tin. Here in the USA, you and I both have witnessed the lives of people living in the hellish world of drug addiction. Yet in the midst of great poverty and the dark demonic world of drugs, the light of Jesus, the Resurrected One can still shine. He is Hope to a hopeless world overwhelmed by darkness.
When the Lord burdens my heart for the hopeless of the world, I am often at a loss for what to do. I eventually rise up and say, “I really don’t know what to do, but I am going to do something.” This was the attitude in the beginning of this ministry almost twenty-five years ago. At times, I felt like I was going after the darkness with a flashlight and then Jesus showed up and blew the darkness to the next horizon. So, thank you for furnishing the batteries for our flashlights the past two and a half decades. (My family will laugh at my analogy of a flashlight because I am somewhat of a fanatic about flashlights. I feel like I can go anywhere in the world as long as I have my Bible, passport, Jesus, and at least three flashlights. I do believe in the Trinity!)
By God’s grace, we are going back to Haiti in the month of February. Bro. Butch Suddath will be joining me on this trip. We ask for your prayers, so we can be instruments of the light of Jesus. We have fresh batteries!
Rejoicing in the salvation which is by grace through faith, I am…
Yours on the Journey,
Harry L. Whitt