They walked around all day with huge smiles on their face saying “Merci Jesi!” (thank you Jesus!) and kissing all of us on the cheek.
Hello From Haiti!
We made it to Montrouis safe and sound! We arrived in Port-au-Prince at 3 pm yesterday (May 13th) and were very relieved to find that our luggage had also made the journey and arrived on time. The Port-au-Prince airport was quite a culture shock. As soon as we got to the terminal we were immersed in a crowd of screaming, pushing, sweaty Haitians all trying to carry our bags for a fee. We eventually fought our way through the crowd and met our translator, Franz, along with Tom and Carolyn Hatten. We then loaded up on the New Vision Ministry bus which was about 120 degrees inside but was still a welcome relief from the insanity of the airport.
The Bus ride from Port-au-Prince was quite an eye opener. For miles and miles we passed extreme poverty the likes of which nobody on the team had ever seen. The earthquake in 2010 destroyed most of the small homes in Haiti leaving thousands upon thousands of refugees who are still living in tents. Along the way we stopped at the mass grave where over 300,000 bodies were buried after the earthquake. After about a two hour ride, we arrived at the home of Steven and Autumn Byxbe where we will be staying for the week. Steven and Autumn are young American missionaries who have been living in Haiti for about three years. Our first night in Haiti we spent some time getting acquainted with Tom, Carolyn, Steven, and Autumn followed by an orientation for the upcoming week given by Tom. There is no air conditioning where we are staying so to say it is hot at night is an understatement! Thankfully we were all so exhausted that nobody really seemed to mind.
It really opened our eyes to see that the Haitian Christians are so joyful because they have Christ and he is enough for them.
Today we all got up at 7 to eat breakfast at Steven’s. Around 8 we left with Tom, Carolyn, and some of their workers and traveled to the home of an elderly brother and sister named Lulu and Neve. Our team funded a project to fix a number of dire problems with their small house. Lulu and Neve have almost nothing except for the small, two room home that we worked on today. Even in their need, Lulu and Neve have taken in four orphans from their church. They are amazingly faithful Christians who trust in God even when they have nothing The construction phase of the work on the house was completed prior to our arrival so today we all worked together to paint the inside and outside of the house. Lulu and Neve were absolutely thrilled to have their house repaired and painted.
Please pray that the Holy Spirit will move in the hearts of those we come in contact with.
The entire team from Redemption Church all agreed at the end of today that it was amazing to see how joyful Lulu and Neve were in the midst of their extreme poverty and need. They walked around all day with huge smiles on their face saying “Merci Jesi!” (thank you Jesus!) and kissing all of us on the cheek. They told us their story through a translator of how they pray for Jesus to take care of them and he always does. It really opened our eyes to see that the Haitian Christians are so joyful because they have Christ and he is enough for them. Most of them don’t know where their next meal is coming from but they praise God and truly show their joy because they fully lean on Jesus. It is so easy and clear in Haiti to see the difference between those who know Christ and those who don’t because of the joy you can see in the Christians.
Tomorrow we will be taking part in working at the Life Connection health clinic in Montrouis and going to the prison in St. Marc. We will have opportunities to share the Gospel to the prisoners we meet so please pray that the Holy Spirit will move in the hearts of those we come in contact with. We also ask that you pray for God to give us words to speak and help us just show the love of Jesus to those who have no other hope in life. We plan to keep you updated all week but sometimes our internet access is spotty. Thank you for all your prayers and support! Praise God for all that he has done and is doing in Haiti.