By Todd Smith
I had the great privilege to go to Port au Prince, Haiti last May on a medical missions trip. While I've traveled extensively for pleasure, this was my first working trip with fellow believers. I hope to take many more.
I am not clinically trained so my role at our makeshift clinics each day was to fill the prescriptions written by our care givers with an inventory of pharmaceuticals. At this time I would interact with some of the patients, usually limited to a nod, a smile and my only Creole: "Bon-die beni ou" (God Bless You).
The site of expansive tent cities and extensive earthquake devastation was incredible, but a quiet moment with a young boy at our third day clinic was what rocked me to the core. After we noticed the child was waiting alone to fill his prescription (he had a bad infection that was causing him to urinate blood), my Creole-speaking teammate asked where his mother was. With a blank stare, he pointed to the sky. I nearly had to leave the building due to the unexpected rush of emotion and wept for him back at my room that week. I told the local pastor about him and hope that he is surrounded by positive role models who love him today, but I know that there are many children in similar circumstances and resources are scarce.
Ten weeks ago, my wife and I were blessed with our first child, a boy. As I pray with him at night it is difficult to understand why he has a secure home, clean water and plenty of food and clothes while thousands of boys in Haiti have none of these things. During earthquake anniversary coverage in January, CNN reported that only five percent of the rubble had been removed and spotlighted children still living as orphans and slaves.
While our physical deficits are dramatically different, we share the need for Christ with our Haitian brothers and sisters. In the Bluetree song God of the City, made famous by Chris Tomlin, the chorus begins, "no one is like our God," and we must put our hope and trust in Him for the people of Haiti. We also must be open to be used by him to accomplish this work. Indeed, "greater things have yet to come, greater things are still to be done in the city."