Have you ever wondered why we call Good Friday “good”? A brutal scourging and execution would normally be considered a very bad day, to say the least.
But for believers, that bad day was the hope of mankind. It was the day Christ took on the penalty for our sins so we could have everlasting life. Without Good Friday, the Easter story of the resurrection would have no more meaning than a basket-carrying rabbit. But the true gospel is a story that transforms lives wherever it is preached.
The gospel message is a crucial part of Cross International’s ministry of mercy. That is true of our work in Haiti, where we have partnered with a U.S. church, Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale, to contribute to earthquake relief efforts in the city of Jacmel. Read these excerpts from their church blog on how they’ve turned the crisis into an opportunity to share Christ:
Another team arrived in Jacmel this week. The team visited Mother Theresa’s orphanage, which is an orphanage for AIDS babies and very sick children. They had a wonderful time loving on the kids. Some were malnourished but all were aching for a loving touch. They stayed there for several hours feeding and playing with the children. The team presented the gospel there and several asked the Lord to be saved…. Some of the team took the boxes that we made up and delivered them to homes in the neighborhood. Each box was equipped with a Creole Bible.
Church volunteers also provided a vacation-Bible-school program for the local community.
There were almost 40 parents and children that raised their hand to receive Christ as a 17-year-old student shared the gospel. Team members had the opportunity to speak with them one on one…. Please pray that the Lord will continue to open doors to minister His gospel to the people of Haiti.