“…therefore The Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.” ~Genesis 3:23
The fall of Adam and Eve was at the forefront of my mind today as we worked the ground in Mango, Haiti, clearing a greenhouse of weeds, harvested crops and trash using primarily our hands. Today we served Stephen Byxbe with Together We Can Haiti with his agricultural mission that not only provides income for the teachers of a local school, but also teaches the Haitian community to farm and become self-sustainable. The toil in the heat reminded me that I was there with Adam and Eve when they disobeyed God’s command. But God, with his grace, helped me see what it is to be the hands and feet of Jesus in serving our brother in Christ, even in the midst of hard labor.
Their stories are truly heartbreaking but God provides and they sing praises and worship his mighty name.
We spent the afternoon with the children at the Agape House flying kites, jumping on the trampoline and some members of the team getting new hairdos (yes we have pictures). Tomorrow is Wilincia’s birthday so we had a birthday party and traditional birthday prayer over the birthday girl. It is such a blessing to be in the presence of these children, watching them laugh and play. Their stories are truly heartbreaking but God provides and they sing praises and worship his mighty name.
This evening before dinner we visited the Estelus, or the Breadman as he’s known, to deliver the clothes,you, Redemption Church, graciously donated. He and his family were so grateful and he said although he is unable to give anything, God will provide blessing upon blessing to us all. Two of his little girls modeled the dresses and shoes for us while we were there and they looked absolutely beautiful. This was something the team looked forward to the entire week and what better way to end a week full of blessing the people of Haiti.
God has given me a heart for the nations and especially the people of Haiti. The overarching theme that connects the two is God’s love and provision for his children, regardless of race, social status, etc.
So as I reflect on not only this year’s trip, but last year’s as well, God has given me a heart for the nations and especially the people of Haiti. The overarching theme that connects the two is God’s love and provision for his children, regardless of race, social status, etc. God has taught me so many things during my trips to Haiti and oh what a day will it be when we are all worshiping the one true God in the new heaven and new earth.
Thank you Redemption Church, family and friends for your support and prayers. We ask that you would pray for safe travels tomorrow and we look forward to sharing our stories with you when we return!
“…for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom…” ~Revelation 5:9-10
Full of joy in Jesus Christ our Lord,