What a joy it was to wake up and serve God and the people of Haiti another day.
Bonswa Redemption Church!
What a joy it was to wake up and serve God and the people of Haiti another day. It’s our fifth full day in Haiti and it started with a VBS with the kids at the mission. This included three different stations – games, a bible story and music, and art. My station was the bible story and music, and I was the appointed reader today since Emily read on Tuesday. As I read the story of “The Friend of Little Children” from the Jesus Storybook Bible, I couldn’t get one part out of my head. It says, “No matter how big you grow, never grow up so much that you lose your child’s heart: full of trust in God. Be like these children. They are the most important in my kingdom.” As I looked at the sweet, children’s faces that have endured more hardship than most of us could imagine, the pureness of their hearts amazed me. They are affectionate and kind. Their most striking attribute is their generosity when they have so little to give. They exude Jesus. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that those qualities, coupled with sincere trust in God and his plan, have been prevalent among the people we have encountered here. Poverty is the overarching theme for the majority of people, yet they truly trust The Lord with their lives when they have next to nothing. Not only by their words, but by their actions. That is something to admire and while we came to serve them, I have certainly been well served just to witness that kind of genuine faith.
What a joy it is to receive, but what an absolute blessing it is when God enables you to give.
Meeting those kinds of people and seeing their love for Jesus made this afternoon that much more rewarding. After going over our financials, we discussed how we would like use our money to bless some of the people we have met. We decided that we would like to split most of the money between two men whom we had spent time with and felt truly needed the money. They are kind, Godly men that are leaders in their communities and churches. They also work very hard to take care of their families, which is not standard in Haitian culture. We also bought a sack of beans and oil for Lulu and Nevee, the brother and sister whose house was painted by the Redemption Haiti team last year (and the sky blue looks fabulous I might add!) They were all very grateful, as we were overjoyed to give. I imagine that the amount of joy we felt by giving is only a small fraction of what God feels when we are sincerely thankful for blessings he gives us. What a joy it is to receive, but what an absolute blessing it is when God enables you to give.
We may grow up in different cultures and speak many languages throughout the world, but Christ’s love is universal. Praise God for that!
Our day came to a close with a concert at the church. The lead singer, Maestro, and his acapella group of about eleven men sang worship songs for us that they had personally written. Their voices were incredible and the overall experience will be a memory that I won’t forget. Although the words of their songs were in creole, their love for The Lord was evident and his presence was tangible. We may grow up in different cultures and speak many languages throughout the world, but Christ’s love is universal. Praise God for that!
With love in Christ,