In February 2010, ten American volunteers went to Haiti to offer their assistance. Jim Allen was a last minute addition to the group. He was invited by his cousin and his cousin’s son to go along to help the earthquake ravaged people. Although he did not know the other members of the group of men and women, Jim felt his construction experience could be put to good use with the team.
Instead, shortly after arrival in Haiti, he and the nine other volunteers were arrested as they tried to transport 33 Haitian children to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. The group believed the children between the ages of two months and 12 years old were orphans, but in fact many of them had at least one living parent. The children were brought to the bus by adults. The Americans erroneously assumed the adults were aunts, uncles or grandparents and not parents. The team of volunteers thought they had all the necessary valid documents to take the children to the Dominican Republic, but Haitian officials say the group did not have permission to take the children out of the country.
The Americans were charged with child kidnapping and criminal association. After a complex, international legal battle, Jim Allen and seven other volunteers were released. They had been in a Haitian jail for three weeks. Another volunteer was released after a month in jail. The last member of the group was released after spending 3 months and 8 days behind bars.
It must have been an ordeal for all concerned, but those who stand before God without a valid entry into His house will suffer far worse. They will be rejected forever from entering Heaven. Some may believe that the record of their religious efforts such as baptism or church attendance will gain them entry into God’s presence. Others may feel that good deeds, charitable donations, and good references from others will suffice. However, the Bible tells us there is only one way into Heaven. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” ( John 14:6).
The Lord Jesus Christ paid the price for our sin. Only He can give us a sure entry into Heaven. Have you trusted Him? Be sure you have a valid entry to God’s Heaven for eternity.
One way God said
To get to Heaven.
Jesus is the only way.
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