The fishermen were extremely greatful for the ability to have gas money in order to fish and provide for their families in a very unsteady market.
Hello from Haiti!
God calls us to be fishers of men, but today we found that sometimes you have to become fisherman in order to fulfill that call. Today we awoke bright and early (some of us to roosters on a roof) to meet the fisherman and their new boats sponsored by New Vision. In order to support their work and share the love of Christ we climbed aboard and headed towards a morning of adventure. The boats were divided into groups of three where we sped into the ocean, leaving the shores of Montrouis behind us. In order for the fishermen to support their families they set out into the blistering sun and cast their plastic jugs wrapped in fishing line and hooked with a small bait fish into the sea. It wasn’t long until one of our groups (the boat that held Victor, Corey, Krysalea and Woodly, our captain) caught a large 6ft long sailfish! The morning was also filled with other surprises including spearing fish, catching a mahi mahi and applying 100 SPF sunblock to ourselves every 20 minutes. The fishermen were extremely greatful for the ability to have gas money in order to fish and provide for their families in a very unsteady market.
These children have changed our hearts as we continually see the joy and love of Christ in these young and often times, wounded souls.
After we stepped off the boats and paid for our fish, our sunscreen caked bodies walked back to the house where we are staying, and rested while waiting to return to the Mission (Children’s home). Once we reached the Mission, we had lunch and spent the day playing with the children where the boys played an endless game of soccer in a field of dirt. While the boys were busy playing a rough game of futbol, the girls colored, played hopscotch, and played with many of the new toys we had brought from the states. Mischlay, a four year old little boy that is wheelchair bound was sad at first that he was unable to play soccer like the other boys, but once the toys were brought out he had a day filled with joy and laughter. These children have changed our hearts as we continually see the joy and love of Christ in these young and often times, wounded souls. After a fun and exhausting early afternoon of playtime we headed towards the fishing village to see the lives and conditions of the men that led our boats this morning. As most of us unloaded from the back of the pick up truck we were suddenly struck with the overwhelming poverty of the village. Once we had begun hiking, we reached the shore and found ourselves in the middle of the village’s “bath time.” As Jamie Hattan eloquently stated, “It’s gettin’ a little National Geographic!” After bashfully turning and hiking quickly in the opposite direction we were able to see the former home of two little girls that are now living at the Mission. While their mother is still struggling with mental illness and has had two other children since having the girls taken away, the mother is now under the care of New Vision and incorporated into their Beading Program. We pray for the Lord’s healing power over this family, for He is the only one that can mend the brokenness of this family through the redemptive work of Christ. After seeing many of the homes of the villagers, Gary, the leading fisherman, took us to his house and described his need for supplies to create a house sustainable for his family. Gary, is a man of the Lord that desires to love his wife, children and orphaned nephew and leads them towards Christ. While Gary often struggles to make ends meet as a fisherman, he does not go down without a fight. In his spare time, Gary hammers rocks to make gravel and manages his garden of banana trees, breadfruit, and beans in order to support his family. What a true soldier for Christ!
We know that the Lord has continued to show us his glory, and blessed us with images of the future Kingdom as every tribe and tongue stands to praise Him.
After leaving the village we returned to the mission and were welcomed by a finely dressed and smiling group of youngsters. Before piling into a very crowded bus, the boys managed to play another exhausting game, but this time it was basketball. The kids eagerly lined the bus, excited for their rare field trip out of the mission. We set off to one of the english speaking churches to hear an amazing concert put on by a gospel men’s acapella group. These musicians not only praised God beautifully, but also preached the word of God and encouraged the team and children. The concert was for many of us one of the most moving and inspiring experiences of our trip thus far. Following the concert, we climbed back onboard the bus and took the tired and happy children home. Once the children were back and home, we headed back to the house after a long and prosperous day to eat and sleep. We know that the Lord has continued to show us his glory, and blessed us with images of the future Kingdom as every tribe and tongue stands to praise Him. Please continue to pray for the fisherman, that they will be able to provide for their families, and most of all, that they too would become fishers of men.
Praise be to God! Or as we would say in Haiti, Merci sen ye!
Victor and Krysalea