Matthew Morhart had no idea how God would drastically change his life—and turn his world upside down—in 2010. Matthew went to Haiti five years ago to plant churches. Over time, prison ministry became his focus, but noticing a lack of gospel literature in Haitian Creole, he began a translation ministry as well.
His team of two Americans and three Haitians has since translated pamphlets on topics like Noah’s Flood, the origin of so-called races, and the Seven C’s of History. He chose creationist materials because nearly everyone is interested in these questions, no matter what country you visit.
“Across the world those questions are the same for everybody. It’s encouraging to have literature that people can take with them to read and think about, instead of just telling them, ‘Here’s what I think,’” Matthew says.
When the deadly earthquake struck Haiti at 4:53 pm on January 12, 2010, everything changed. Prison ministry and translation were put on hold. Everyone’s attention immediately turned to basic human needs, such as medical care and long-term rebuilding.
Matthew believes that the Bible’s true account of history has given him the tools to help people who seek answers. He offers others the hope that although Adam’s sin brought death and suffering upon us, God is still in control and gives us the bigger picture. There is an alternative to despair: turn to Jesus Christ and move forward in faith, like Job, knowing that “in my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:26).
Matthew now offers this hope to these people he loves. Matthew knows that our ultimate needs are spiritual, and the solution comes only from God’s Word. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
How can other Christians help?
- Pray that the gospel will flourish as people recognize their dependence on God.
- Give to ministries that will spread the gospel of Christ along with physical aid.
- Use your talents, if possible, by organizing or assisting local relief efforts.
- Most important, keep praying and sending gifts over the next year or more. “Our biggest concern is the long-term effects, not just the immediate aftermath,” Matthew explains.