II Corinthians 5:14, NIV
Is it possible for a series of tweets to wreck you? Absolutely.
It was January of 2010 when David Landrith, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist, released the twitter stream from the earthquake crumbled streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti which ultimately altered my life-forever.
Our church, in partnership with the Global Orphan Project and El Shaddai Ministries, was constructing an orphanage in Jeremie, a small village located approximately 110 miles from Port-au-Prince. Immediately following the earthquake, leaders from our church quickly left to survey the devastation, prioritize the needs, and determine how our church could effectively mobilize to help.
While that team left for Haiti, we left for a long weekend in Colorado with our daughter, Zoe and son-in-law, Matt. For me this ski trip was like standing at the corner of bitter and sweet. It was to be our last family trip before the newlyweds’ move to South Korea. It’s a joy to know your kids are moving in response to God’s call, but it’s still very hard for a mother’s heart to ignore the distance between Tennessee and the other side of the world.
when it started
Rolling down the highway-somewhere perfectly flat like Kansas-I picked up Pastor Landrith’s twitter stream. It came roaring into my phone – live from Haiti. Here’s how it tracked:
- We are negotiating the price for gas to fill up on our trip to PAP. Obviously they told me to keep my mouth shut. 10:50 AM Jan 26th from web
- Going through a neighborhood, trying to find a boy’s mother. Please pray we find her. His name is Johnny.10:56 AM Jan 26th from web
- Hardly anyone sleeps inside in Haiti right now for fear of another earthquake.11:14 AM Jan 26th from web
- We found Johnny’s mother!! He’s going to be one happy kid!!11:41 AM Jan 26th from web
- We just arranged the pick-up of 3 orphans at Gen Hospital. The patients are in tents but are getting excellent care.2:02 PM Jan 26th from web
- Due to bureaucratic red tape, we will have to try again tomorrow to pick up the children. The Swiss are not my favorite people right now.2:40 PM Jan 26th from web
- Posted a video from Haiti – http://blogs.longhollow.com/david/ 1:43 AM Jan 27th from web
- Another good night’s sleep under the stars. Our team is getting ready to start the day.5:38 AM Jan 27th from web
- We will be unloading several large supply trucks arriving today from the DR.6:27 AM Jan 27th from web
Praying wholeheartedly in the gaps between every tweet, the Holy Spirit used Pastor Landrith’s twitter posts to wreck me. God allowed those feeds and my own prayers to infect my heart with an indescribable longing and crazy love for a place I’d never been. I learned quickly the power of social media in the hands of an obedient servant. I was transported straight to the heart of God-the place where it breaks for the least and the lost.
It’s now one year later. My husband and I’ve made two trips to Jeremie, Haiti. We think differently about the meaning of our lives and anticipate with unspeakable joy the next time we’ll hold the children of Jeremie in our arms. We are compelled.
Will you allow God to use you to wreck the ordinary routine of someone’s life? Will you document what He’s doing and trust Him for the outcome? Will you broadcast the Good News and make Him known? Will you be compelled by the love of Christ?
So has a post or series of posts ever rocked your world?
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