Hello Redemption Church! Or should I say Bonjou!
WE MADE IT!
After a difficult couple of days of traveling we have finally made it to the beautiful country of Haiti. Long story short, we ended up missing our morning flight out of Charleston Yeager Airport due to a combination of a late arrival on our part and some poor customer service on the airline. Needless to say we were pretty upset with the airline, but even more so ourselves. We knew we were going to miss a day in Haiti and set back the rest of our trip because of this small but seemingly costly error. It was very humbling and honestly embarrassing, I mean we hadn’t even left the state of West Virginia!
After some initial frustration and prayer we were able to pull together and trust that God would stay true to his sovereign character. As gold is purified by fire, bringing out the impurities to become pure, God was testing our hearts, purifying us into clearer image bearers of Him. God was refining us, He knew that we were going to miss our flight, He had us right where we needed to be. Of course, God provided, as he promises to do so for his children. We were able to rebook, FREE OF CHARGE! for a later flight that day to Miami, where we would spend one night and leave for Haiti in the morning. We were a little bummed to be missing a day of our trip, but we made the best of it, again, this is not our trip, it is the Lord’s.
God would stay true to his sovereign character. As gold is purified by fire, bringing out the impurities to become pure, God was testing our hearts, purifying us into clearer image bearers of Him.
After a smooth 2 hour flight and immigration we finally made it to Haiti and met Tom and Carolyn Hatten. Dago, our Haitian driver, skillfully drove us through Port Au Prince and up to the Baptist Haiti Mission where we would be spending the next 24 hours. This Mission sits on one of the highest mountains in Haiti and is one of the oldest functional missions in the entire country of Haiti at almost 70 years! Once we settled in we were able to get a tour of this wonderful place! We even had the pleasure to meet the couple, Wallace and Eleanor Turnbull, who had began the mission back in 1946! We had the wonderful opportunity to not only meet but listen to Wallace and his wife speak about their history in Haiti and their love for the gospel. Their wisdom and love for the Lord were so encouraging to all of us; at the age of 90 and 91, it was so humbling to sit and listen to their advice and how much this place continues to mean to them.
Later in the evening we enjoyed a delicious dinner and fellowship with everyone. Afterwards we were able to sit down and listen to Gary, one of the Haitian men who is apart of the Beading Program, give his testimony and talk about how the program has helped he and his family. Hearing Gary speak about not only the program, but how God has changed his life was truly joy to our ears. There is nothing sweeter than hearing how the gospel of Jesus Christ has changed someone’s life. Gary spoke about how he went from a man who lived for himself to living for Jesus. Gary is an anomaly here in Haiti, a man who sacrifices for his family, loves his wife as Christ loves the church, loves and provides for his children, an elder in his church, an advocate of the gospel, a man with God’s own heart doesn’t exist here. We praise God for men like Gary and pray that more Haitian men would trust in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
There is nothing sweeter than hearing how the gospel of Jesus Christ has changed someone’s life. Gary spoke about how he went from a man who lived for himself to living for Jesus.
Gary encouraged us with these words, “Follow the path where Jesus is leading you, continue to follow the path, wherever He may lead you.” I encourage us, Redemption Church, to follow the narrow path, to follow Christ as our Lord and Savior.
We are praying for you all that our experience would serve to change and encourage your hearts to love and serve the Lord. We ask that you pray that our experience and time with the men and women in the Beading program would be a time of encouragement for them and that opportunities would arise for Redemption Church to partner with these hardworking men and women in the Beading program.
We love you all,
The Haiti Team