This is a picture of men unloading a Blackhawk helicopter on a runway in Jacmel, Haiti, literally days after the 2010 earthquake. The man in the khaki shirt is Dave, a brother in Christ and member of my church, who devoted his medical skills, time and money to make a dent in helping the Haitians in their time of need. The man in the stripped shirt to his right is Danny Pye, an American missionary, of whom Dave said:
Danny and his wife ran an orphanage in Jacmel and, in the crisis following the earthquake, Danny and all of the young boys from his orphanage worked non-stop to make sure that shipments of aid that came into Jacmel through the airport where unloaded and distributed to the area. Between Danny and Mark Stuart, another missionary working in Jacmel, there was organization that would have never occurred in the first week until the Canadians arrived. It’s hard to tell what the impact on that entire area would have been without their efforts.
Pretty awesome isn’t it? Well, what’s not so awesome is that Pye has been in a Haitian prison for the last five months for essentially nothing! Have you heard about it? Yeah, well it seems no one has either. So, when you walk through this week watching the news about what’s going on around the world, remember that you have a brother in jail, wrongfully imprisoned in a land full of people he decided to serve.
As you walk through the week, say a prayer for Danny. Ask God to strengthen him, keep his fire burning strong for the gospel and that his release will soon arrive. You might also contact your congressional representatives letting them know that even if the world has forgotten about Danny Pye, you haven’t.
UPDATE 3.16.11: Danny Pye was freed yesterday! Thanks for your prayers.