Posted: January 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Recently the United States and Canada have issued strong travel warning for those traveling to Haiti.  Haiti indeed can be a dangerous place, and in 2011 I posted the following blog to sound out the warning.  It seems that it is time again to send a strong warning about what a dangerous place Haiti can be.


I often receive e-mails from people that would like to come to Heartline to visit and help out.  We do appreciate those that come with a purpose, for they certainly can make a difference.  Often, I will hear from someone or from a group that would like to come and who ask if Haiti is safe.  I confess that I get rather irritated when I hear that question.

I usually reply back cordially and ask if God has called them to come to Haiti.  And if the answer is yes, then I tell them it is safe.  As safe as it was for Daniel in the lion’s den and for the three Hebrew men in the fiery furnace and even as safe as it was for Stephen when he was stoned to death and ultimately as safe as it was for Christ when He died on the cross.

I strongly believe that “safe” is overrated if it means will I be safe physically.  The better question is, “Is it God’s will for me to go?”  If the answer is, “Yes” then how much more safer can you be than in God’s will.  Was Jesus safe?  If harm comes your way, does it mean that you are not in God’s will?  Certainly not.

Recently I’ve been spending some time thinking about Haiti and have finally concluded after 26 years of living here, that it can be a very dangerous place.  Some may be saying, “Ah it’s about time John got his big head out of the sand and admitted that Haiti can be a dangerous place.”

Yes, those of us who live here can be in great danger. We can be in danger of:

  • Becoming numb to the cries of the poor.
  • Not being moved to anger and compassion at the conditions in which many people live.
  • Looking but not seeing.
  • Hearing but not listening.
  • Seeing what is but not what can be.
  • Thinking that we need to change the Haitian culture to look like our culture and that the people aren’t doing it right because they don’t do it like we do.
  • Thinking that living here is a sprint, when in reality, it’s a marathon.
  • Being so practical about what we need to live, that we limit God in what we do.
  • Not totally depending on God for God’s work.
  • Thinking that doing is more important than being.
  • Thinking that poverty is primarily a money issue.

Yes, it is true, Haiti can be a dangerous place, perhaps as dangerous as where you live.

John McHoul


  1. Cindy Duhm says:

    Thank you John….sharing this on FB. Appreciate you!

  2. Jeremy says:

    I miss being at your services, I Love how I can feel Gods guidance through your words.

  3. Steve says:

    Blessings! Right on the mark.

  4. Pam Ferrell says:

    Wonderfully said John. Thank you for making people aware again.

  5. Ponsah says:

    Thanks for this eye opener. Surely the Lord has his remnants. God’s blessings

  6. frantz says:

    ok I agree that Haiti might be a dangerous place but witch where can we consider as a safety place ? so only God know when will people stop saying wrong thing about my country.26 people killed in a safety place last month lot of things going on in those country nobody doesn’t say anything

  7. Allan & Suzan Hicks' Blog says:

    Great perspective. Thank you for posting this!

  8. ejpitts says:

    Amen and amen. We have many of the same dangers in Kenya as well! Keep up the work.

  9. Michaelle Francois says:

    Be blessed man of God ! I know you struggle hard in the field of the Lord !!!

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  11. Ben Jo says:

    Thanks for sharing. So blessed by your thoughts. May the Lord bless you continually as you serve his people and Haiti and inspire others through your ministry.

  12. Lisa Rutan says:

    Amen! I think God wants a dangerous life! Jesus didn’t hang out with safe people. When I’m in Haiti I feel more free than anywhere else in the world. Unless you’re there you just can’t get it. Thanks for the blog. Be blessed my friend

  13. Katy Mitchell says:

    I have been to Haiti on a misdion trip and God was with us the whole time. I didn’t feel.anymore unsafe there than I do at home.Actually safer at some times. I agree with this post very much.God bless!!!

  14. Kathleen Snyder says:

    Beautifully written! We came to see you last June. You gave us a tour of your fabulous ministry. You guys have the right ideas going on there! Love it! We are in Haiti in March with One Mission Society. If we get a chance we will stop and say Hi! The hospitality was so appreciated. We are still trying to figure a way to fit your ministry in our church. Thank you!

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