We have many people ask us this question. It can be a tough question for people. I would ask people to consider the words from the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan. He writes:
“Haven’t we all prayed the following prayer? Lord, we pray for safety as we travel. We ask that no one gets hurt on this trip. Please keep everyone safe until we return, and bring us back safely. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. The exact wording may vary a bit, but that is the standard prayer we recite before leaving on mission trips, retreats, vacations, and business trips.
We are consumed by safety. Obsessed with it, actually. Now, I’m not saying it is wrong to pray for God’s protection, but I am questing how we’ve made safety our highest priority. We’ve elevated safety to the neglect of whatever God’s best is, whatever would bring God the most glory, or whatever would accomplish His purposes in our lives and in the world.
Would you be willing to prayer this prayer? God, bring me closer to You during this trip, whatever it takes…”
In no way could we ever guarantee safety in Haiti. I can not guarantee safety even in the United States. The safety we cling to isn’t safety in the traditional sense, it is a safety in knowing that we are following God.
I may not live tomorrow but today I know this is where God wants me to be. – RA
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