My name is Emily Spring and I’m just a college girl passionate about a cause. God has really placed the nation of Haiti on my heart and through several mission trips and internships in Northwest Haiti (specifically the city of Mole Saint-Nicolas) that love has grown. I wanted to start something, let’s call it a movement, that would raise awareness for the problems faced in Haiti while also covering that country in prayer. I truly believe in the power of prayer and I knew that I could “rally the masses” through a blog or other social media and gather people for this cause. I want to “circle” Haiti in prayer. This comes from the story of Honi and the book “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. The idea is that in drawing prayer circles around our requests, dreams, and fears we will begin to pray bolder prayers that honor God.
I’m asking for you to join me on this journey – to join me in praying for Haiti and the Mole, to join me in donating your time or finances, to join me in spreading the word. Let’s show everyone how big and mighty our God really is as we try to live out his commandments and walk by faith. Join me!
Also check out our skreened store which sells some Circle Haiti shirt and apparel designs that I’ve made to raise awareness about this prayer movement. Why not look great while you’re praying for Haiti? These items would serve as a reminder to you to pray each day but also would spark interest in those around you, leading to great conversations where you can really share your heart for Haiti. So please go check it out and maybe purchase something! For every item sold, $7.00 will directly be donated to Northwest Haiti Christian Mission and help fund their programs, pay for supplies, and help sponsor their orphans! And if you think about it, that’s about 25% of your purchase if you buy a t-shirt. That will add up fast! So even though it may seem like it’s a little much to spend on a t-shirt, remember the cause behind it and where your money really is going. And there’s nothing better than funding a mission that works endlessly to help the people of Haiti and this is your chance to get involved.
A few more facts about this mission and the work they’re doing. All the times I’ve traveled to Haiti it was through Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. This organization is amazing and doing such great work for the kingdom of God, especially in the midst of tragedy and heartache. I was so inspired to see and feel the spirit of God moving in Haiti through the faithful workers in this organization. So I just wanted to give a shout-out to them and everything they do, and ask that we keep these humble servants in our prayers as well. The Circle Haiti movement’s sole purpose is to pray over Haiti, these missions, and the needs and requests they have. So I strongly encourage you to check out the NWHCM and Mole websites and get involved in volunteering with or donating to this wonderful mission.
As I’ve mentioned several times, the whole idea of “circling Haiti in prayer” comes from the story of Honi and from the book “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. Here’s the website for the book.
I also wanted to share the true story of Honi as explained by Mark Batterson in the book:
” When rain is plentiful, it’s an afterthought. During a drought, it’s the only thought. And Honi was their only hope. Famous for his ability to pray for rain, it was on this day, the day, that Honi would earn his moniker.
With a six-foot staff in his hand, Honi began to turn like a math compass. His circular movement was rhythmical and methodical. Ninety degrees. One hundred eighty degrees. Two hundred seventy degrees. Three hundred sixty degrees. He never looked up as the crowd looked on. After what seemed like hours but had only been seconds, Honi stood inside the circle he had drawn. Then he dropped to his knees and raised his hands to heaven. With the authority of the prophet Elijah, who called down fire from heaven, Honi called down rain:
‘Lord of the universe, I swear before Your great name that I will not move from this circle until You have shown mercy upon Your children.’
The words sent a shudder down the spines of all who were within earshot that day. It wasn’t just the volume of his voice; it was the authority of his tone. Not a hint of doubt. This prayer didn’t originate in the vocal chords. Like water from an artesian well, the words flowed from the depth of his soul. His prayer was resolute yet humble, confident yet meek, expectant yet unassuming.
Then it happened.
As his prayer ascended to the heavens, raindrops descended to the earth. An audible gasp swept across the thousands of congregants who had encircled Honi. Every head turned heavenward as the first raindrops parachuted from the sky, but Honi’s head remained bowed. The people rejoiced over each drop, but Honi wasn’t satisfied with a sprinkle. Still kneeling within the circle, Honi lifted his voice over the sounds of celebration:
‘Not for such rain have I prayed, but for rain that will fill cisterns, pits, and caverns.’
The sprinkle turned into such a torrential downpour that eyewitnesses said no raindrop was smaller than an egg in size. It rained so heavily and so steadily that the people fled to the Temple Mount to escape the flash floods. Honi stayed and prayed inside his protracted circle. Once more he refined his bold request:
‘Not for such rain have I prayed, but for rain of Your favor, blessing, and graciousness.’
Then, like a well-proportioned sun shower on a hot and humid August afternoon, it began to rain calmly, peacefully. Each raindrop was a tangible token of God’s grace. And they didn’t just soak the skin; they soaked the spirit with faith. It had been difficult to believe the day before the day. The day after the day, it was impossible not to believe.
Eventually, the dirt turned into mud and back into dirt again. After quenching their thirst, the crowd dispersed. And the rainmaker returned to his humble hovel on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Life returned to normal, but the legend of the circle maker had been born.”