In February 2010, ten AmericanÂ volunteers went to Haiti to offer theirÂ assistance. Jim Allen was a last minuteÂ addition to the group. He was invitedÂ by his cousin and his cousinâ€™s son to goÂ along to help the earthquake ravagedÂ people. Although he did not know theÂ other members of the group of menÂ and women, Jim felt his constructionÂ experience could be put to good useÂ with the team.
Instead, shortly after arrival in Haiti,Â he and the nine other volunteers wereÂ arrested as they tried to transport 33Â Haitian children to an orphanage inÂ the Dominican Republic. The groupÂ believed the children between the agesÂ of two months and 12 years old wereÂ orphans, but in fact many of themÂ had at least one living parent. TheÂ children were brought to the bus byÂ adults. The Americans erroneouslyÂ assumed the adults were aunts, uncles orÂ grandparents and not parents. The teamÂ of volunteers thought they had all theÂ necessary valid documents to take theÂ children to the Dominican Republic, butÂ Haitian officials say the group did notÂ have permission to take the children outÂ of the country.
The Americans were chargedÂ with child kidnapping and criminalÂ association. After a complex,Â international legal battle, Jim Allen andÂ seven other volunteers were released.Â They had been in a Haitian jail for threeÂ weeks. Another volunteer was releasedÂ after a month in jail. The last member ofÂ the group was released after spending 3Â months and 8 days behind bars.
It must have been an ordeal for allÂ concerned, but those who stand beforeÂ God without a valid entry into HisÂ house will suffer far worse. They will beÂ rejected forever from entering Heaven.Â Some may believe that the record ofÂ their religious efforts such as baptism orÂ church attendance will gain them entryÂ into Godâ€™s presence. Others may feel thatÂ good deeds, charitable donations, andÂ good references from others will suffice.Â However, the Bible tells us there is onlyÂ one way into Heaven. Jesus said, â€œI am theÂ way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to theÂ Father except through Meâ€ ( John 14:6).
The Lord Jesus Christ paid the priceÂ for our sin. Only He can give us a sureÂ entry into Heaven. Have you trustedÂ Him? Be sure you have a valid entry toÂ Godâ€™s Heaven for eternity.
One way God said
To get to Heaven.
Jesus is the only way.
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