It wasn’t long after last week’s earthquake when word started to spread that Dan Woolley and David Hames, two men who work with Compassion International, were unaccounted for. They were in Haiti to shoot some video footage, and they had just returned to their hotel when the earthquake hit. David is still missing. We continue to pray for him and for his family.
Dan was found and rescued last Friday morning. Through some friends’ updates on Twitter, I followed a link to video footage (from a French TV station, I think) of Dan being pulled out of a pile of concrete chunks that used to be a hotel. My little boy and I watched the footage four or five times, and every single time I watched, I thought, “That’s exactly what God does for us. He meets us in the rubble of our lives, and He rescues us. He pulls us out of darkness and into the light.” He doesn’t do that because He needs us. He does it because He loves us – and because, in His infinite kindness, He wants to use us for His glory.
Yesterday my friend Kelly posted this video of Dan on her blog, and watching it is so worth your time. It’s such a reminder of what really matters, and I think – no, I know – that you’ll be blessed by what you see. It’s an incredible testimony.
“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:1-3