Haiti - God's Laboratory

By Rev. Robert Smith, Jr. |  July 19, 2013

Haiti: The World’s Mission Laboratory

The suffering of the masses can never be fully understood, neither can the suffering of an individual. In John 9:1-3 the Disciples of Christ showed that their belief was the same as the friends of Job. They believed that man suffers because of his sin. They asked Jesus, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents that he was born blind?”   Jesus makes it clear that that is not the way God operates.  “Neither this man, nor his parents” was the answer Jesus gave.

Thank God for that answer, and thank John for writing it down!  We can never fully understand why the righteous suffer and the wicked seem to do well. David, a man after God’s own heart had questions on the suffering of the righteous. This was the same David of The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23:1), and the same David that had never seen the righteous forsaken ({Psalm 37:25).

I have heard for more than 45 years that, to intervene in the suffering of Africans and Haitians is to interfere with the work of God. Intervention, then, is not doing the work of God, but interfering with the work of God. Indeed a woman who accompanied me on a mission trip on which  she was donating  a large sum of money toward the building of a high school, asked the question, “Are we doing the right thing, or what did the Haitians do that has made their lives so hard?”

God brings out of man, the best that is in man when he allows tragedy to fall on the masses. Through these tragedies the response of man shows the God in him. When men prosper and nations do well they go to war against one another, but when men suffer natural disaster they turn to one another.
As the year 2009 was coming to an end, while I was planning the next trip to Haiti and thanking God that I was able to make more than 12 trips in that year, I received the news of the great Earthquake in Haiti. It struck not just anywhere in Haiti, but in the largest city, Port Au Prince. What also struck me was that at the time of the earthquake in January 10, 2010, there were 48,000 registered missionaries in Haiti. Many, like me after a trip or two, do not register with the United States Embassy. We just feel that there is no need since we know our way around.  So, think how many must have really been there! 

Today, because of the earthquake, people from around the world have discovered Haiti. They love it and have done many great things for the country and its people since the earthquake. Thousands of Haitians who never had a house before, now own houses. There are hundreds of feeding stations, and for the first time in Haiti’s history, over a million Haitians now attend school.
People are not just building churches and sending some money back every year or so and they are not just coming in on an annual feed the poor for two weeks anymore. Neighborhoods with streets and sidewalks are being built. There are so many great and wonderful changes, with more to come in God’s Laboratory called Haiti.