I found over my stay in Haiti I missed very little. I missed people, I missed my children, I missed my church body… but to my pleasant surprise I didn’t miss air conditioning. I didn’t miss television or music. To see people with nothing always brings me back to the roots of my faith… what is going to matter in eternity? What am I giving my energy, finances, and prayers to? Will it matter on the other side of this life?
I don’t want you to get the wrong idea… I’m not writing or preaching a poverty doctrine. I don’t believe it’s a sin to have, or that they are cursed/blessed because they lack. But I was amazed as we went from door to door to share the love of Christ in Haiti, nearly every home welcomed us with open arms. The people were not hesitant to share what religion they were. We met Baptist, Pentecostals, Catholics, and even a few who claimed voodoo as their religious preference. We even met a voodoo witch doctor who was ready to listen to us share our faith, and even receive prayer and offer us a chair. Contrast this with America… At Freedom Reigns we do some door-to-door outreaches and I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been cussed at, had doors slammed in our face… or at the very least been at the receiving end of a rude remark.
In America we may well be very prosperous financially… but I fear we are severely impoverished and malnourished spiritually. When Haitian witch doctors exercise more faith than professing Christians it’s a sad day. I challenge you to check your heart now. Have the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches choked what God desires to do in you? (Mark 4:19)
You say, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked –
Pastor Jakob Barrientos