This blog series takes a closer look at some of the Bible verses used in past newsletters, posts on Facebook, and more. Read on to learn more about these verses, why they were chosen, and what they mean to Branch Schools!
Psalm 33:11 - "The plans of the Lord stand firm forever."
This verse was used in a Facebook post on September 5 as Branch Schools shared the difficult news that schools have been delayed in Haiti, from the original starting date of Sept. 5 to the new date of Oct. 3. This decision from Haiti's government came as protests are rising and travel is unsafe. Many of these protests in the last week have occurred due to an announcement that gas will no longer be subsidized by the government. Fuel is currently scarce in Haiti, which enables a thriving black market that can charge upwards of $20/gallon.
Psalm 33 is a strong reminder of God's steadfast love. Verse 4 says that "For the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness." God's plan is not subject to human whims or mistakes. His word will always endure. This is especially comforting when the plans of humans falter and fail. When our lives seem to be derailing and we see no hope for improvement, we know that God's plan is still in motion.
The situation in Haiti is desperate. Director Boursiquot shared that a pack of white paper that recently would cost $2 is now up to $20 for the same item. According to CNN, Haiti "saw a 30.7% inflation rate increase in July this year compared to 2021." Inflation is now the highest it has been in Haiti for the last ten years.
God has a plan for Haiti, just like He has a plan for the whole world--just like He had a plan to save the world from sin. His plan sent Jesus to take our sins and win us eternal life on the cross. That means we can know with certainty that not only do we have the hope of heaven, but that God's plans are for our good.
We pray that God's will be done in Haiti and everywhere. Thank you for your support and prayers!
Branch Lutheran Schools of Haiti, Inc.