The situation is Haiti is a very serious matter, but you wouldn’t always know that by looking at the faces of the people. Nearly everyone in Haiti (in the huge city of Port-Au-Prince or the tiny village of Balan) smiles and greets you with “Bonjour” when they see you. It is in the spirit of these positive attitudes that I want to share “My Top 10 Things that We can Learn from Haiti.”
1. People die from Hunger and Aids, not from riding in the back (or on top of) a pickup (or a Tap Tap).
2. Smile (even if you’re Hungry)
3. Laugh (even if you’re Unemployed or Earning less than $40 US per month)
4. Hospitality is Important
5. Degage – dé·ga·gé – Defined: Relax or simply “Do the best you can do.”
6. Dress for Success (the Great Mystery of Haiti: How do they keep those school uniforms so nice?)
7. If people in Balan can walk ONE HOUR, EACH WAY, TWICE A DAY to get fresh water, then you can ________________ (fill in your own blank).
8. The United States of America is a Nation blessed by God Almighty (Thank Him).
9. Voodoo doesn’t work; Jesus Christ does!
10. When we pray the Lord’s prayer (…Give Us Today Our Daily Bread) in America, most of us pray in front of a plate overflowing of food. In Balan, when they pray the Lord’s prayer, they pray and THEN THEY GO LOOKING for food. “Give us today our daily bread” is a request; not a guarantee.
Matthew 25:31-46 – The Sheep and the Goats
31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For 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, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”