But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? – 1 John 3:17
It has been a whirlwind over the past two days since our last post. It is impossible to explain to all of you everything that has happened during that time but hopefully you can catch a glimpse of all that God is doing through our team here in Haiti. It really has been an incredible experience.
Yesterday began just as the past two days have begun – we woke up, had breakfast, and headed out on the hour long journey through Port-Au-Prince and out to the church in New Jerusalem. That journey each day is such a great reminder from God that despite the desperation and absolute poverty that surrounds you, as you look to the landscape you can’t help but see God’s creation. This place is absolutely beautiful. As we move away from one mountain range we approach another. The blue sky meets both mountain ranges perfectly, and every trip we take is another reminder that God has not left this place.
Once we arrive at the church, we get to see all of the work that has been done from the time we left the day before until today. These people are incredibly hard workers. It is amazing to see how much has been accomplished by hand, without modern tools or equipment except shovels, buckets, and wooden planks. These people are resourceful and very good at what they do – and most of them are not receiving pay. They are helping because they love their church. It is so humbling to see how hard they work for the love of their church.
We try to help any way that we can – some play games with the kids, we sang songs with the kids and some of our security team, we feed the children (which is slightly organized chaos), we take pictures, show the kids pictures from our phones, move buckets and rocks, and just do whatever we can to love these people. I cannot express to you how incredible our team has been! It has been hot and humid and we have a long ride through crazy traffic and no one has complained. God has absolutely brought the right people on this trip.
Today was our final day of work at the church at New Jerusalem and it was perfect. We did much of the same that we had been doing all week with the kids and helping as we could with the building. However, the day ended in the most perfect way possible. Before we said our goodbyes, Pastor Sha-Sha (the pastor at New Jerusalem) gathered all of us and some of the church member inside the church. There they sang a worship song to God in Creole that was absolutely beautiful. Then, Pastor Sha-Sha prayed over our team and over his church – praising God for bringing us here and praying for each one of our team members personally through tears and a passion that can only come from a man who deeply loves his church. It was the perfect ending.
We ended our night tonight as we always do: worshiping God through His word, prayer, music, and one of our team members shared their testimony. As we wind down another night, we are so excited for the rest of our trip as we spend the next two days at an orphanage that Pastor Michel provided for before he passed away.
Our entire team says hey and thank you again for your encouragement and prayers. We are ready to see everyone again but I would be lying if I told you that we are ready to be back. This place is changing us and I can’t wait to see what else God has in store.