Haitian Hymns…

If you have closely followed the media reports from Haiti, undoubtedly you have read or seen reports of groups and individuals singing praises to Christ and lifting their voices up in prayer to the Father. There are many Christian believers here who continue to live out Psalm 73:26 which reads, “My heart and my flesh may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and portion forever.” (ESV)

Since Haitian Creole is such a beautiful language, I thought you might like a bit of exposure to it.

This same verse from Psalm 73 is

Kò m’ te mèt ap deperi, lespri m’ te mèt ap gaga, se ou menm menm, Bondye, ki tout fòs mwen, se ou menm ki tout mwen.

Here is a hymn that is #5 in the Haitian Hymnal called Chants D’esperance

Moun ki mete nan Jezu
(Those who place themselves in Christ)
Gnou konfians ki san meze
(Have a confidence that cannot be measured)
Yo kapab pa jamn tonbe
(They can never fall)
Delivrans yo asure
(Their deliverance is assured)

Ak konfians n-a va mache
(With confidence we will walk)
Ak konfians n-a trionphe
(With confidence we will triumph)
Ak konfians juska la fin
(With confidence until the end)
Bon-Dieu va louvri chemin
(God will open the way)

Ak konfians n-a va mache
(With confidence we will walk)
Kout ke kout pesevere
(Listening with our hearts, persevering)
Jezu Kir fe nuo promes
(Jesus Christ makes us a promise)
Li ak nou nan tout detres
(He’s with us in all distress)

Or the first verse of the very next hymn, #6 in Chants D’esperance sums how I am sure many of our brothers and sister in Haiti are feeling.

Segne,  angnin m-pa ka ba ou
(Lord, there’s nothing I can give you)
Sel gnou ke ki bouke soufri
(Only one heart that’s tired and suffering)
E san ou mouin pa kab geri
(And without you I cannot heal)
Mize mouin devan ou
(My misery is in front of you)

For all those suffering in Haiti, RHFH prays that the Lord bless them and keep them. That the Lord cause His face to shine upon them and be gracious to them. That He would turn His face towards them and give them peace.

Amen


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15 Responses to Haitian Hymns…

  1. DAWN says:

    It is so true, listening to Haitians sing in Creole is such an amazing sound. I have been blessed to hear it in person and there is nothing like it. Haitians are a true example of what true Christian is and should be. They praise God even in the midst and when they have so little.

  2. Laura says:

    The words are beautiful. Thank you for your updates. I am praying for the Haitian people.

  3. Katie in AL says:

    Thank you for this insight. I have wondered over the past few days what the people were singing.
    Kenbe fem

  4. YOUR MAILBOX AT INFO@REALHOPEFORHAITI IS FULL AND REJECTING EMAILS, INCLUDING THOSE FROM PAYPAL DONATIONS??????
    I know you have so many more things to do. I’m just worried that the server will reject continuing donations.

  5. So beautiful. Thank you for keeping us updated. I am sharing your story with everyone I can.

  6. Lori says:

    Amen! How beautiful to read this. Yes, I have heard about this. I can learn so much from them. Thank you.

  7. Carmen says:

    praying these scriptures and hymns with you

  8. Maurice says:

    Thank you. So many celebrities have written songs for Haiti in the last week that I have struggled to find out what songs Haitians are singing and what those songs might teach the rest of the world, especially the Christian world, about suffering and invincible hope.

  9. Sandy Kinnaman says:

    How beautiful!

  10. This is such a beautiful hymn, and that these people are singing this NOW inspires my faith here in the States!

  11. Jacki says:

    What beautiful words… heart cries… to the Father. Their courage and perseverance through the hardships is a powerful testament to their faith. What a challenge to me! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Kristy Kuenzi says:

    Beautiful!!

  13. Love this! I hope you will share more hymns with us. I’d like to hear them sometime, too.

    I continue to pray for your ministry!

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