I am going home! Last night, just over 48 hours after the earthquake, we were evacuated from Port-au-Prince by World Vision staff. We drove through dark, narrow streets, congested with traffic, crowded with people now homeless, and lined with garbage. We made our way through the border into the Dominican Republic, seven of us in a vehicle which seats five, and stayed overnight there. Today, we were driven to Santa Domingo, and I now sit on an airplane, flying to New York. I am going home! I am going home. I repeat this to myself, as I slowly begin to believe that the experience I just lived through is coming to an end, and tonight I will be reunited with my family. I am going home. I surge with emotion, more than I have felt in the last few days, when emotions were numbed by the harsh reality that surrounded us. I am going home. As I look back on the past few days, I realize just how fortunate we were. We are all alive and uninjured. We were in the eye of an incredible storm, and have now emerged safely. I believe with all my heart that we were in God’s hands these past few days, surrounded in a bubble of protection, somehow kept safe from harm. Why us? Why, when over 100,000 people died, were we spared? Why, when another major hotel collapsed and killed 200, were we left untouched? I suppose I could spend hours trying to fathom the will of God in this catastrophe, however, I do not presume to understand God’s will in the face of such overwhelming pain and suffering. Instead, I thank God for His blessings over the past few days, and ponder how I should respond. I felt completely helpless during the past several days. I was unable to respond in any meaningful way to the pain, suffering and chaos surrounding me. So now, I resolve to do what I can do – I can bear witness. This much I know. Haiti is a country that was already exceedingly poor, lacking the resources, infrastructure and institutions to care for its people. A country with crippling unemployment, and lacking in hope. With a devastating earthquake, the incredible need in this country is greatly magnified. Now, more than ever, I believe we are called to respond to this need. I believe we need to respond now, to stabilize and protect the country, so the long, arduous task of rebuilding can begin. I believe we also need to respond in the long run. We need to invest in the people of Haiti, to assist and empower communities to become more self-reliant and self-sustaining, and to achieve a sense of hope. This much I know. I can make a difference, We can make a difference. We can work together as a church, as a community, and as a society to support the thousands of committed individuals and numerous organizations working to make a difference. We can help raise a generation of individuals that can provide Haiti with a sense of purpose and hope, and in the fullness of time overcome the many barriers the people of Haiti face on a daily basis. This much I know. I can be a witness.