Small Stories of Hope From Haiti’s Rubble

I have wept each day since the earthquake hit Haiti last week. I find myself compulsively drawn to CNN’s news coverage but then so burdened by the despair, the death, the horror. Especially hard for this pregnant mom are the images and interviews of moms and children. Yesterday MSNBC’s medical correspondent interviewed the mom of a 5-year old with a broken leg. The mom had just found out her daughter’s leg was infected due to lack of antibiotics and would have to be amputated. In front of her small child she told the interviewer she’d rather her daughter die than be an amputee. The fear and despair in that child’s face when she heard her mother utter those words tore me to the core.

But in a tragedy with a death toll possibly topping 200,000, THERE IS HOPE. This hope is all I, and even more so every single Haitian now in mourning, have to cling to.  There are the news stories of dramatic rescues of the living still taking place, a full week after the quake.  There are the stories from our dear friends, Dr. Joe and Linda Markee, now serving on the ground in one of Port au Prince’s few remaining hospitals. There is the outpouring of generosity from foreign nations, including ours, and the promises to make sure that aid continues beyond the immediate to help Haiti rebuild.  There is the above picture, of the Terre Blanche clinic about 120 miles north of Port au Prince. It is still standing and is expecting the arrival of the wounded from Port au Prince seeking medical care. Haiti is a largely Christian nation and the images of the newly homeless singing hymns together in the face of the destruction is a testament to the hope the Haitian people still somehow have.

Like so many Haitians, my hope and comfort comes from Jesus Christ. The horrific images I see on TV make no sense to me but I believe in the words of Jesus in John 11:4 when he says “…this is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  May small stories of hope encourage and lift your spirit as well in the face of so much sadness.

For more on how you can help in Haiti visit Haiti Foundation of Hope.



  1. Becky Manderscheid said,

    January 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Lovely post, Beth. It’s such an overhwelming tragedy. I’ve thought of you and Steve often since the earthquake, as I know the people of Haiti are close to your hearts. And now they are close to the hearts of many, many more people around the world as we watch and pray for God’s comfort and help.

  2. pdxnancy said,

    January 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

    To add to what you wrote Beth, I want to say how I’ve been challenged and encouraged by the example Dr. Joe and Linda Markee (founders of Haiti Foundation of Hope) set for us. At age 70 and 68 they have chosen to serve Haitians for at least a month in the chaos and distressing circumstances of post-earthquake Port au Prince. Many their age are leaving for a month in Hawaii; the Markees have chosen to serve selflessly. I know Jesus looks down at their work and smiles.

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