Monthly Archives: May 2010

Strength in Unity

The beautiful red and blue colors flew high as we celebrated Haitian Flag Day on May 18, 2010. In the midst of celebration, we paused to reflect on our past, present, and future.

Haiti has always had such a long and vivid history. Our rich culture, melodious music, beautiful countryside, and delicious food has made a lasting impression on many nations.

We struggled against the French to become the first black republic to gain its  independence. We struggled to establish order in our government. We struggled to find work, feed our families, and educate our children. We struggled against our international reputation as “the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.” We struggled against the stereotypes placed upon those who immigrated to the United States to better themselves and the lives of their family. We struggled against the derogatory names and insults. We struggled against the disease we supposedly helped spread in the States.

We faced challenge after challenge, overcame one obstacle after another, and disputed allegation after allegation. We fought against poverty, hunger, and now natural disasters.

In 2008, we were struck by four consecutive hurricanes–Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike. These hurricanes flooded Gonaives, washed away our crops, and killed hundreds of people and livestock.

Then on January 12, 2010, our lives were changed forever as a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked our nation.  Our cries pierced the once quiet, blue skies as we mourned the loss of over 200,000 men, women, and children. Our beloved landmarks were fractured or completely destroyed as if a reflection of our broken hearts.  We stood death straight in the eye. Many perished but many more persevered.

Today, with the help of our international friends, we are rebuilding our land. The Haitian people are UNITED now more than ever. Haitian or not, this is a team effort. The words etched on our flag remind us of what we can accomplish when we work together. “L’union fait la force” is not just our motto, it is our way of life.

We stand in solidarity, pledging our lifelong commitment to the rebuilding of Haiti. Our beloved country will rise once again. This is the time where we must set aside our differences and work collaboratively to preserve the land of our ancestors.  Their unity led to one of the largest slave rebellions ever recorded in history.  They had one vision in mind, FREEDOM! Together, they attained it. Do not let their courage and bloodshed be in vain. Haiti must rise again.

Remember the words of our national anthem, “La Dessalinienne.” For our country, for our forefathers, united let us march…for our forbears, for our country, let us toil joyfully. May the fields be fertile and our souls take courage. For our country and our forefathers, let us train our sons. Free, strong, prosperous, we shall always be as brothers.

Let us unite with one vision in mind, to lift Haiti to new heights. We owe it to our children, our parents, grandparents, and the many generations who came before them.

God has blessed us tremendously. He has a greater purpose for our nation, our people. We are faithful and resilient.

Despite our adversities, the Haitian people will continue to press forward.

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

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Singleness is not a curse, but a blessing

On Friday May 14,  the Singles Ministries Departments of Hebron and Rogers Avenue SDA Churches presented a forum on singlehood. We were truly blessed and hope you will be too. Here’s a synopsis. Enjoy!

What does it mean to be single? Who is considered to be a single person? Well it’s really simple. Anyone who is not married, is single. If you’re widowed, divorced, dating/courting, or engaged…you’re single.

In today’s society, our youth between the ages of 12-35 are active on the dating scene. They’re the ones who are socializing and networking in search of that perfect man or woman. In order to get to know someone of interest in the opposite sex, one must date. Then what is the definition of dating and should Christians partake in this activity?

Dating is arranging a social outing with another person, creating an opportunity to get acquainted. What happens on a date is decided by the two parties involved. Unfortunately, the word “date” has an entirely new meaning compared to 10 or even 20 years ago. Back in the days, a date would end when she is walked to her front door and maybe a kiss on the cheek. Nowadays, a date ends in bed.

What is the difference between dating and courting? Dating is when you get to know the person or persons you have an interest in. Courting, however, is when you have chosen to spend time with one particular person with the intention of marriage.

Most of us don’t court, we date. Why? That all depends on the person. Many of us don’t fully understand the difference between the two words. The lines tend to get blurred resulting in total confusion and heartache. Then there are those who date for all the wrong reasons. I hate being single. I want a man or woman. I’m lonely. I’m getting old.

We have gotten so comfortable with the standards given to us by the world, that we have completely ignored the plans God has for us. God never intended for us to date. He wanted us to court. Why date around when God has already hand-picked our perfect mate?

Trust in God, don’t worry about relationships. When the time is right, everything will fall into place.

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The Art of Communication

In today’s world, we have been blessed with several means of communication. We have online chat, video conference, email, texts, BBM, and cell phones. Letters and telegraphs are a thing of the past. Sadly, with all of this modern technology, most of us have yet to master the art of communication.

Communication is the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs. Despite our society’s technological advancements, messages are often misinterpreted or misunderstood.

Have you ever wondered why you no longer speak to Sister Williams or Brother Johnson? Have you ever tried to figure out why she or he became antisocial or very moody?

It’s amazing that the majority of us–not the minority don’t know how to approach one another. It’s amazing that we’re unsure of the right words to say.  It’s amazing that it’s easier to speak about the person behind their back rather than to the person directly. Yet we wonder why our church is in so much disarray.

Communication is not limited to how we speak to one another; it also incorporates how we interact with each other. When you keep your silence, it speaks wonders. When you exchange looks, it speaks wonders. When you speak unintelligibly or without compassion, it speaks wonders.

If we do not know how to communicate amongst ourselves, how on Earth can we communicate the gospel to those of the world? The second coming of Jesus Christ is dependent on how quickly we can spread the good news. Jesus will not return until every ear has heard of Him. It seems as if many of us have extended our stay on Earth indefinitely. I am not interested in seeing the sights on this planet. I’m more intrigued by the sights that exist beyond our world that we can only envision through the words found in the book of Revelation.

I leave you with this…have you mastered the art of communication?

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you.

Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

Source: http://www.hebronfrenchsda.wordpress.com