My own little world – prayer about cholera in Haiti

Houston-KSBJ radio host Liz and singer Matthew West

Recently Christian singer Matthew West went  to a cabin alone outside Nashville, TN,  for two months to pray, to read the letters of his fans about painful things in their lives, and to write songs from them.  There were about 10,000 letters that came from people all over the U.S. and from 20 countries. One of the songs God inspired in him was My Own Little World from the album The Story Of Your Life.

Matthew had been sharing with his audience in his concerts that their lives mattered, that God cared about them and had a plan for their lives. He wondered, “What if I turned the microphone around?” where his audience could share their lives with him.  This record features songs that cover painful stories like abuse, divorce, cancer, and adoption.  It ends with an appropriate song,  The Healing Has Begun.

The song My Own Little World challenges us to unselfishly step outside ourselves for just a moment and to look at all the people around us who are hurting.  What can you and I do today to help someone else? How can we reach out to others in a practical way?

One way we can help greatly is to pray. As Matthew sings in his song, “What if there is a greater purpose that I could be living right now?”  Right now in Haiti there is an outbreak of cholera that Fox News says has killed 200 people, left 2,674 people sick, and is a possible danger to the 1.3 million earthquake survivors living in camps in Port-Au-Prince. 

Cholera can cause vomiting and diarrhea so bad that it can kill someone from dehydration in hours. Fox news said that cholera hasn’t been a problem in Haiti for decades. and emergency workers are doing all they can to teach the people the importance of washing their hands and with other preventative measures.

Our dear friend Pastor Jay, his family and his ministry are located in Port-Au-Prince. Please pray for God to protect them, to miraculously heal those who have cholera, and to stop the outbreak of this disease.

Prayer is one way we can step outside our “own little world, population me” and to make a difference in this world, as Matthew so truthfully sings.  May our hearts be broken with the things that break God’s heart, and we have open hearts, open hands, and open doors to do God’s will here on earth.

Video of Matthew West, My Own Little World

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In the trenches: Ray Jones in Haiti

Join Beth Jones for a very special show today as she turns over the mike to her husband, Ray Jones, to share about his month-long, medical missions trip to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, to help pastor Jay Threadgill of Fishers Of Men International and the earthquake victims. After Ray arrived a few days after the earthquake, he immediately set up an urgent care medical clinic that he ran the duration of his stay there, treating an average of 200 to 300 patients a day.  Enjoy some interesting stories about Ray’s time there, and hear his compassionate heartbeat for one of the poorest nations in the world, Haiti. Then discover what is on Ray’s and Beth’s heart now to do for Haiti.  This is one show you do NOT want to miss!

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Welcome home party and Ray with cake

This week my husband Ray Jones returned from Haiti where he flew for a medical missions trip to help our pastor friend Jay Threadgill of Fishers Of Men International and the earthquake victims. He set up a medical clinic on pastor Jay’s school compound, treating 200-300 patients a day. Here is a very short video clip of Ray with his cake that we had at his Welcome Home party I gave for him last night. I had the bakery make the cake to look like Haiti – chocolate for the dirt, blue icing for the ocean, and plastic palm trees. It said “Welcome Home, Ray. Our Hero In Haiti.”  I will be posting more videoes as I upload them to YouTube.  Enjoy!

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