*** We are all Ivorians! ***

You may remember the words of John F. Kennedy “I am a Berliner”. He pronounced them in June 1963, during an official visit to West Berlin.

He wanted to demonstrate both his support for a population divided by a horrible wall and his disapproval of this shameful situation.

I want to say to Ivorians, and particularly to my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, that I love them, I pray for them and today I feel Ivorian. We are all Ivorians!

Today I want to express my support to the Abidjan residents, my love to the Ivorian people, and also share this sense of shame I feel about certain French military interventions. Let’s not forget that France is the former colonial power and, therefore, probably in the worst position to interfere in the internal affairs of the Ivory Coast.

Faced with such desolation and this tearing apart of the country into two camps, I can only imagine the feeling that reigns in the hearts of the Ivorians … Incomprehension, anger, hatred, rejection, fear of all kinds, etc..

I have no other response to this crisis than to say that I sympathize with all my heart and I pray for the Ivorians. I support my friends in the Ivory Coast and I salute their courage in these difficult times! Stand firm! “I lift my eyes to the mountains … from where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalms 121.1.

Dear Ivorian brothers and sisters, I love you and the Top does, too!

Eric Célérier

Our Ivorian sister, Constance, sings: “I look up …”

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*** Haiti: Let's Help the Churches! ***

Many Haitian brothers and sisters are encouraged by the actions of Christians.

Here is what Elodie, a young Haitian student, 22 years old, wrote to us in the Top Blog:

“I thank God because I am still alive! Thank you, Lord! My parents are well. That day, January 12, 2010, I was not in class because my professor was absent. If I had been in class that day, it is possible that I would no longer be here since my school was destroyed and the dean died. I don’t have news from all of my friends, but I hope they and their families are well. It warms my heart to see so many prayers for Haiti. We need them for people are still under the debris. Everywhere many are dead and one feels so powerless. Let’s pray that there are no epidemics; this is what everyone is saying since already the odor of the dead in the streets is more and more terrible. We do not sleep in our homes. Everyone sleeps in the streets because we are afraid of a new tremor. Many people and children are traumatized especially due to the loss of parents and close friends. It is terrible. I am 22 years old and I would never have believed that one day I would experience something like this. May God bless you, my friends, and know that at any moment we can die. Always be ready and tell your families how much you love them.”

:: SUPPORT THE CHURCHES IN HAITI ::

Thank you to all those who acted: by prayer, gifts, encouraging words, and even serving right in Haiti. I invite you to read this excellent article in TopHumanitarian that reports on news of the efforts of some Christians.

A statement by Wess Stafford, Director of Compassion International, particularly caught my attention in this article: “Local churches: they are an incredible force. I can assure you that local churches are truly committed in the rescue efforts. Who knows his neighbor’s needs better that the one who lives next to him? And who will remain there when the media no longer talk about Haiti?”

Who will remain? The local churches. Therefore, let’s help them.

This is the call that our friend, Pastor Claude Houde, wanted to send out from Quebec:

“You see, for me, Haiti is my adopted country, my family, where we work for God and his people whom we love so much and who, today, try to rise up again and survive, in mourning, in famine, in chaos, and in violence. We are on the telephone with them every day until late at night. The churches that we have helped build for 15 years, where thousands were meeting, are destroyed, as well as the Theological Institute for the French-speaking world, where dozens of students were in training for the ministry. We have lost students, collaborators, friends, and many members of our churches must now take care of the orphans.

A friend and collaborator for 20 years now presides over five services on Sunday in a park; his church has cracks and is dangerous. He organizes and directs funerals every day, but he knows that he is not alone and that the Body of Christ is going to help him to nourish, care for, and rebuild his family, his people, his church, and his country.

Your gifts save lives, give back courage to our brothers and sisters of Haiti, lift up the people of God and a nation, one person at a time. Thank you to continue praying and giving for Haiti.”

Let’s not slack up on our actions. Let’s help our Haitian brothers and sisters. After our emergency help, let’s support as best as possible the churches in Haiti. If it is your desire, send in your gifts to TopChretien and we will send them in their entirety. In the name of our brothers and sisters in Haiti, heartfelt thanks to you.

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See Pastor Claude Houde’s message on TopTv: How can the earthquake become transformation?