Franklin Graham Shares God’s Love in Haiti

By   •   January 9, 2011

“This is a special day,” said Graham. “People have been praying for months. People around the world have been praying for Haiti.”

As he began to speak to the Haitian people, Graham recalled the earthquake of January 12, 2010, that killed thousands and destroyed countless homes. He asked those in the crowd who lost loved ones to raise their hands then reassured them that God knows what it is like to lose a son. “God understands grief,” he said. “Will you trust Him for healing? Will you trust Him with your life?”

Graham spoke, also, of the cholera epidemic: “In October, cholera came into your country, infecting thousands. Many have died and are sick. But sin has infected the entire world. Jesus came to cleanse the world of sin.”

Using John 3:16 as his primary text, Graham went on to tell the Haitians that God loves the people of their nation. “He is real and knows everything about you. God is the creator of heaven and earth. He is also spirit and we must worship Him in spirit and truth. Today, will you worship Him?”

After teaching on sin and how God will ultimately judge the world, he invited the people of Haiti to come forward and surrender their lives to Jesus. “Are you ready to stand before God? If you remember nothing else from today, remember that God loves you. God loves Haiti.”

Hundreds responded to the invitation, leaving the National Soccer Stadium with full hearts and new lives. Thousand more across the island nation listened to Graham’s message via radio, and viewers around the world saw the Festival online.

Jean, a young Haitian-American man watching online in the United States, commented via Facebook,”On behalf of all grateful Haitians, I would like to thank all of you for your heartfelt prayers. If there is anything that Haiti needs a lot of right now, it’s definitely prayer. I pray that God changes Haiti into a praying nation.”

This Wednesday, January 12, the country will mark a National Day of Prayer and Fasting in remembrance of the one-year anniversary of the earthquake.

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The Kwazzad Espwa Nan Kris, or Festival of Hope, is just one part of a coordinated effort that began when Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains landed in Haiti one day after a 7.0 earthquake destroyed much of the tiny island nation. Working alongside volunteers from Samaritan’s Purse, the chaplains continue to serve in Haiti, meeting the spiritual and emotional needs of the Haitian people. Learn more about the Rapid Response Team effort here »

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  1. marie says:

    As Jesus came to my poor life and changed it all over, He is coming to Haiti and His will is to put there the light instead of darkness, the joy instead of misery, the health instead of sickness, the life instead of death. amen

  2. Cheryl says:

    What a Blessing you all are to be the hands and feet of Jesus and breath life into a Nation that has been under so much stress.

  3. LOU says:

    Twenty years ago I was at event like this and heard the Good News preached by Rev. Billy Graham. My life had no hope then. It was a trainwreck. My life has radically changed in the area of health, wealth, relationship, peace and joy. Another life changed. It is a total joy to give and invest in the BGEA ministry. Glad to support Haiti. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! PRAISE HIM. IN HIM, LOU

  4. Esther says:

    Thank God for your love and action throughout the world. Our middle school collected toiletries for Haiti with no help to get them to Haiti. Our school district was done their drive. Other relief organizations did not respond. Will you help. Our student government worked very hard and now seem unappreciated. Thank you and God Bless you.

  5. Miles says:

    Please take a moment today to remember the tragedy that transpired one year ago this afternoon in Haiti. Already in poverty unmatched in the Western Hemisphere, the effects of the earthquake, political strife and cholera have caused an unfathomable amount of sorrow and pain. Lift up in prayer the survivors who are still…l trying to deal with the physical, emotional and spiritual devastation in their lives.

  6. Marianne says:

    So Moving. Thank you for your heart, your direction and your love for these people.

  7. mary says:

    I think this is great, I know Billy Graham is true to what he does and believes in what he is doing. Myself I am ready to do some good too. I think the devil embarks on our hearts and we need to have faith and stand strong. We love what you all are doing keep up the good Mary.