God answered our prayers! Hurricane Matthew could have been much worse.
Last week was devoted to prayer. Monday I led the noontime Prayer for the Persecuted Church session in our prayer center. Tuesday was our semi-annual Worldwide Day of Prayer. Campus Crusade for Christ staff around the world met together in their countries for a time of praise and prayer.
At Cru headquarters in Orlando, we knew Hurricane Matthew was coming. Haiti had already been demolished and other islands hit hard, so we prayed for them, as well as many other concerns around the world. The rain started about noon, so our outdoor prayer walk and gathering at the flag pole were moved indoors.
Our office was closed Thursday and Friday due to the hurricane. I made my preparations for bad weather, then kept the weather news on as Matthew approached, praying that the Lord would protect those in its path. Praise God that He intervened by reducing it to a Cat 3 and moving the track of the storm about 10 miles to the east, keeping the worst winds at sea. Although the east coast was hit hard, it would have suffered even more if the original estimates had come to pass. Inland in Orlando we had a lot of rain and some wind, but not much damage. I never even lost power or water.
But so many did not fare as well. Georges , the worship leader at my church, lost family in Haiti. Some people were killed on the U.S. coast, but many more in the Caribbean.
Why is the U.S. given a partial reprieve, while poor Haiti is devastated? I can’t give a specific answer. But I do know that we live in a fallen, broken world. Someday Jesus will return and restore His creation. In the meantime, He delays so that more people will come to Him (see 2 Peter 3:9 below). I trust in God’s wisdom, knowing that ”in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV) We may not understand how this works, but we can trust that He does. If you would like to explore this issue, here are some resources:
Update from Congo (DRC): Judge Jonathan Kiboba, leader of the Faith and Law Around the World (FLAG) group in his country, recently shared the gospel with the chief judge of the appellate court. The chief judge listened with interest, and although he has not made a decision yet, said he would consider it.
- We have several regional FLAG conferences scheduled. Pray for many to come and to catch the vision of discipleship and integrating their faith into their law practice, and for safe travel for all involved.
- The Christian Legal Society is holding its annual conference in Washington, DC. October 20-23. On Thursday, Bob Trierweiler and I will give a presentation “He is Risen Indeed: A Lawyer’s Perspective on Apologetics for the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.”Congo (DRC) – October 29. The DRC is in political turmoil because their president postponed the election. People have been killed in the protests. Christ-centered legal professionals can use their influence in this situation, bringing glory to God.
- Cameroon is holding three FLAG conferences in November – Yaounde, Nov. 4-5; Douala, Nov. 7-8; Limbe, Nov. 11-12. Gaye Montgomery, a lawyer from New York, is considering joining our team and will be a main speaker at these events.
- In January, a sensitive country is hosting a regional conference, including legal professionals from surrounding nations.
Thank you for all your prayers. God is working mightily for His glory.