“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
We really got to see God’s plans at work today. We went to visit Grace Village in Titanyen, up in the hills north of Port-au-Prince. Grace Village is a ministry of Healing Haiti, which includes an orphanage, a school, a medical clinic, a church, and a new bakery which will soon open a restaurant area as well. It was so great to hear about the amazing work Grace Village is doing in the lives of these orphaned children as well as in this community, as they create many new jobs for Haitians. There are many staff including teachers, nurses, bakers and others, all hired from within the community. God has a plan for this community, and it was unfolding right before our eyes!
After touring Grace Village, we went on three elder visits. In each case, we visited an elder in or in front of their dwelling, bringing a meal, washing their feet, singing with them and praying over them, as well as determining any needs that Grace Village could help address, including any health issues they might be having. Neighbors and family tended to come by as well, and many of us held and played with the children.
Our final stop for the day was at La Phere, an orphanage with 21 kids. We taught them a short bible lesson about Zacchaeus, emphasizing that Jesus knows each one of their names and loves each one of them. Then we got out some jump ropes, bubbles and chalk, and just played with these precious kids and gave them as much love and affection and attention as we could.
Thank you all for your prayers as we continue to serve this week!