Saturday, January 30, 2010

Reflections on Pastor Alberoi Augustin

Pastor Alberoi Augustin was no doubt my favored actor in True Security, most trusted pastor, and best Haitian friend. It is now nearly three weeks since the earthquake, and the disappearance of Pastor Alberoi.  My brother Joe and I went to search through the rubble 3 days after the earthquake, but found no signs of life. Why would God allow such a terrible tragedy to happen?

As I wander the streets of Haiti after the quake, I can't help but think of how miserable it would be, to be trapped, and eventually die, in one of these collapsed building.  Imagine the uncertainty of wondering if you would be found and saved before you are overtaken by death.  Imagine the mental anguish of not being able to say goodbye; to hug and kiss your children one last time. Imagine the smell of the decaying flesh of a dead family member, friend or classmate nearby. Imagine being burred under rubble, with a collapsed building as your headstone.  What a traggic death!

Why does God let bad things like this happen to good people?  Only God is good. (Mark 10:18b CEV) There are no good people.  All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's glory (Romans 3:23 CEV), and we deserve to die in even worse ways than being trapped under rubble. I deserve that!  You deserve that! Pastor Alberoi deserved that! But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful. (Romans 5:8 CEV)  He saved us because of his mercy, and not because of any good things that we have done. God washed us by the power of the Holy Spirit. He gave us new birth and a fresh beginning. (Tit 3:5 CEV)  This made us no longer sinners in the eyes of the Father, but saints!  Now Christ Jesus has come to show us the kindness of God. Christ our Savior defeated death and brought us the good news. It shines like a light and offers life that never ends. (2 Ti 1:10 CEV)

By having faith in Jesus Christ, we can be saved, and one day Pastor Alberoi and I will be rejoined in that life that never ends!

How painful it is to the LORD when one of his people dies! Psalms 116:15 GNB

Pastor Alberoi Augustin was God's man!  Take comfort God is grieving too!

Alberoi Augustin and Wife Marie

1 comment:

  1. James, thank you so much for your faithful posting of updates on the mission team. My father-in-law Dick Alderfer is on that team. We deeply appreciate knowing how and what he is doing while there in Haiti. So sorry for the loss of the pastor you pay tribute to in this post. Blessings to you in the work you are doing there.

    Kathy Alderfer