Do you ever feel like God just added a new verse to the Bible? Do you know what I mean? You know it has been there, but you just haven’t noticed it or simply forgotten it. Let me share one of those with you. I was taking some quiet time reading my Bible with a bunch of students from a campus ministry in Auburn when I discovered it. Wow, it just opened up my head and heart.
If I were to ask most of you what you really want in life, you might answer, “I’d like things to go well for me.” Certainly that is better than the alternative. We all want things to turn out well for us in our lives. But how does that happen? How can we be certain it will happen? And if you added something else to your desire for your life, wouldn’t you say—“ I would like to know God.” Isn’t that the most important thing in the universe? So how can I make sure that I actually discover or recognize the Supreme Being?
Here’s the verse that created such an “Aha!” for me. It’s Jeremiah 22:16. I didn’t recall it, but now it is absolutely transforming my life. “He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. ‘Is that not what it means to know me?’ declares the Lord.”
In other words, if you want things to well for you and if you want to know God—then you should defend the cause of the poor and needy. Jeremiah 22:16 is the theme verse for our mission team as we go to Haiti. We are memorizing it. Maybe you want to show some solidarity with us and memorize it too.
Students from Ole Miss, Texas Tech, and Pepperdine are all working together to bring some hope to Haiti. We will be installing water purification systems in Cap-Hatien and Benjamin. Hundreds of thousands are predicted to get cholera before the end of the year. We hope to help stop this disease. We will also be constructing a new school for children who were displaced from the earthquake. Additionally, we will be teaching children who are the kids sponsored by Christian Relief Fund. We will also be meeting children who will become prospective sponsored children and learning their stories so hopefully they can be the next kids helped by CRF.
I’m not sure if I will have a way to tell daily stories because of the lack of internet where we will be. But I will try. I hope you will check in at the blog to see if there are some new touching lessons and moving stories that bring hope to Haiti.
Even if you are not in Haiti with us, I do hope that things go well for you and that you see God too.