Saturday, November 14, 2015
"Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7
Hello Family and Friends,
Amy here, I have the privilege of blogging about our last full day in Haiti. I'm one of the five newbies on this trip so they gave me the easiest day.
We started the morning by driving to Wahoo Bay Beach Resort in the city of Carries for some time of rest, relaxation, and some down time to think over the past days. On the way, we stopped at Rosie's Boutique which sells Haitian made arts and goods. I think we all managed to find something that caught our eye. After buying several cups of ice cream we were off again. Wahoo Resort has a nice beach and pool area. We quickly set up chairs on the beach for our group and got situated. The ocean water was the perfect temperature for the hot day. Some of the team went snorkeling for the cheap price of $5 per person. Brett even found a baby conch shell that he brought back with him. A bunch of the team chipped in on buying 4 fresh crabs to eat that some locals had just caught. They were very tasty. As we started wrapping up our beach time, Jenny noticed that Brett's shell was starting to crawl away by itself. A crab had hitched a ride inside of it so it had to go back in the ocean and couldn't come home with us. After sitting in the sun for hours, our drive back to the guest house felt very long.
After we got back to the guesthouse, everyone quickly showered so we could head back out to Pizza Amour for dinner. Getting 14 people to decide on which pizza to order is not an easy thing to accomplish so Heather finally decided for all of us which worked out great. Pizza is always good and this place did not disappoint. We were all very hungry by the time it hit the table and we ate very quickly. Heading back home to the guesthouse in the dark was fun because we got to see what Haitian life is like on the streets on a Saturday night. Overall, it was a very relaxing day and I hope everyone had some time to think and process over the week.
I want to end this blog by giving a huge thanks to our two team leaders, Heather and Bridget. They did a great job of preparing the team over the last 5 months or so and leading the team this week through some tough moments and days. I just want to thank them for all the time they put into preparing for this trip and their willingness to step out and lead. If anyone is reading this and is considering a missions trip through Healing Haiti, I would highly recommend it!
Verse for the day Psalm 121:1-2,5
I will look to the hills from where cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth. The Lord is thy keeper: the lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
Today we went to church service in the Haitian community. As I sat in the church, I ask myself why do we worship and what is the right way to praise him? The service was not what many Americans would call a "traditional service" in the sense that there was no preaching of the word from the Bible but more of a devotion/ praise and worship. However, the service and its praise and worship seem to suffice and be a ministry to the Haitian people that came. As I listen to the music and the man leading praise, I realize that the music sound familiar but the words were in French. As listen more intensely I realize that the music was not the only thing that was a constant and seemed to transcend and cross nationalities ....the calling on the name of "Jesus" and "God" was the same. The God I worship was the same in Haiti as is in the United States. I knew when he sang "Merci Jesus" he was saying "thank You Jesus" or when he said "Pappa" he was saying "God our father". Oh how powerful is the name of JESUS and great is he to be praised!
God accepts our worship and praise in anyway we give it. So, clap your hands, lift up your voice moan, cry, speak in tongue....whatever you feel like doing to give thanks. God is faithful in his promise to never forsake or leave us all he ask is that we honor, obey and give him the praise. So, if you have not done it today, take time to praise Jesus for his faithfulness, his guidance, his inheritance and his love that never fails.