This message is written by one of our students at The Torch Christian Academy Haiti about the meaning of Christmas.
Christmas is the day we celebrate the birthday of God’s only Son, Immanuel. Christmas comes with Good News. Each time we celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ, it brings the news that God is with us in this world.
My Papa tells me, no matter the suffering we might be in, we don’t run away from it. We have to embrace it, just as Jesus did. Just as Jesus taught us to do. He never ran away from his suffering. Do you know why? Because he knew that His Father was, is, and will always be with Him.
I feel discouraged because of the hurricane. My family finally had a nice house. We had clothes and places to put our important papers. After the hurricane, we had nothing. I think suffering is meant to make us lose our focus on the reason Christ came into the world. When I let myself feel discouraged, I know it is trying to destroy my faith. It is trying to make me forget that God is with us – Immanuel. Christmas comes to remind us that God is with us.
I do not know how other people live. I wonder what it might be like to live somewhere different, to see the world I see in my books. My Papa tells me that people suffer everywhere in the world and many suffer far more than we do. No matter what we suffer from the meaning is still the same. Through it all, the pain, the loss, the sadness, the hunger, the thirst, the fear, and the dark, God is with us. The meaning of Christmas is encouragement to a world that is scared. During the hurricane when I was so scared, my Papa whispered to me over and over, “God is with us.”
Christmas is God’s whisper to us, “I am here.”
-Johanna, The Torch Christian Academy
Pastor Mike Thomas’ voice echoed the excitement of his team as he told us the container had arrived and should be released through customs today. Please be in prayer for this release because it contains all the necessary equipment to replace the roof on the church at The Torch Campus.
The devastation in Haiti couldn’t be more apparent, but the hope and love of Jesus Christ flows through the streets. Our Torch Haiti Team arrived safely and began work immediately. Two of our favorite people – Ms Phylis of Our Father’s Guest House and John 8 joined our group to travel to Deyemone to help. Pastor Mike laughed as he explained, “Ms. Phylis never stops! She can work circles around the rest of us!”
Three of the churches that were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew now have temporary sides and a roof – thanks to our team! Congregations have continued to come to services despite the lack of any comfort. They worship our Savior in the rain, in the heat, with no roof, with no place to sit, and with no music but the sounds of their own voices fill the open air. This Sunday they will be excited to see what has been done.
The school is doing tremendous good for the students who are learning so many skills. Please be in prayer for the Principal of the school in the loss of his sister. Also, one of our Pastor’s wives is very sick and requests our prayers.
The desperation of the people for food and water is heart wrenching. Many still do not have a place to call home. We are excited in the plans to build 10 houses for members of our congregation/pastors. We continue to look up for God’s help and direction.
Thank you for being a sponsor. Thank you for your donations and the love you have for our congregations in Haiti. We are believing great things at The Torch Haiti Campus.