As Hurricane Matthew has caused about 12 deaths in the United States and nearly 900 in Haiti, evangelist Billy Graham was asked if natural disasters could sometimes be an instrument of God's judgment. Here's how the 97-year-old evangelist answers the often-asked question.
God can "certainly" use "natural disasters to speak to us "just as He can use other difficulties and tragedies to turn our hearts toward Him," says Graham, according to the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Disasters remind us of "the brevity of life," adds the evangelist. "We may be strong and successful, and assume life is always going to be that way — but when disaster strikes, we realize this isn't true." more >>
Hurricane Matthew, currently moving along the East Coast of the southeastern United States, has killed nearly 900 people in Haiti and at least four in Florida, apart from causing flooding, evacuations and destruction of homes. Christians relief agencies, along with local churches, are responding to the humanitarian crisis by sending supplies to and planning rebuilding efforts in affected areas.
Samaritan's Purse, headed by evangelist Franklin Graham, has sent 20 metric tons of relief supplies for the people of Haiti in its DC-8 aircraft, which took off Thursday, and is now preparing to send more next week.
Reuters reported Friday that the number of deaths in Haiti had jumped to at least 877 as the storm smashed through that country's western peninsula Tuesday with 145 mph winds and torrential rain. more >>
When most college students plan to spend their spring break enjoying the warmth of the sun on an island in the Caribbean, Haiti is not the location they have in mind. The poorest nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti's difficulties extend far beyond the earthquake which struck there in 2010, as systemic poverty and leadership crises have plagued the nation for decades.
The average Haitian lives on less than $1.25 a day — most subsist on far less. There is no electricity, plumbing system or clean water accessible to a majority of the country, and most of the population is starving. With sweltering tropical temperatures and mosquito infestations that are a constant 24-hour buzz, disease is rampant.
Despite these difficulties, dozens of U.S. college students recently chose to spend their spring break helping us here in Haiti, working to alleviate some of the suffering they encounter here, rather than join the party scene on some tropical beach. more >>
Leading Evangelist Franklin Graham and Fox News host Greta Van Susteren teamed up this week to deliver gift-filled shoeboxes to underprivileged children in the impoverished Caribbean nations of Belize and Haiti.
On Monday, Graham, the president of the the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the humanitarian organization Samaritan's Purse, along with Van Susteren and her husband, John Coale, distributed shoeboxes filled with gifts for Operation Christmas Child.
Graham and Van Susteren also traveled to Haiti on Tuesday to hand out gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need at the Haiti-based Greta Home and Academy. Although it is unclear as to how many children in Haiti and Belize received the gift boxes, Graham posted on his Facebook page Monday night that the gifts brought happiness and hope into the underprivileged children's lives. more >>
Less than 650 miles from the U.S., our neighbor, Haiti, hosts one of the worst infant mortality rates in the world and suffers maternal mortality rates 50 times higher than our nation.
While the death of any person is devastating, losing a mother often foists an average of six children onto a community already living on the knife-edge of survival. It was these desperate conditions that inspired us to focus on child and maternal health when we answered God's call to sell our home and medical practice in the U.S. and move to Haiti to serve full-time.
Last year, I met Gina, a Haitian mother of six who daily struggled to find enough food for her other children, and now this growing baby inside her was insatiably sapping her remaining strength. more >>
NEW YORK — Megan Boudreaux had visited Haiti before on short-term business and missions trips, but never did she imagine that God would call her to permanently abandon a comfortable life in the U.S. for a bare-bones one in a third-world country plagued by poverty and child slavery and that was just starting to climb its way out of a devastating earthquake.
Boudreaux visited Haiti in 2010, at the age of 24, at the behest of her employer. It was her second visit to the Caribbean island that just months prior had been rocked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
The earthquake struck Jan. 12, killing anywhere from 230,000-316,000 people, according to CNN. More than a million residents were displaced, with tens of thousands more remaining in that situation today. In addition, nearly 25 percent of Haiti's schools were destroyed or damaged by the quake, the epicenter of which was just 15 miles from the capital Port-au-Prince. more >>