This morning's devotion included, "You can't share God's love, if you don't have His love within you." A Bible verse that went with it was Matthew 6:33, "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." We took Healing Haiti's Tap Tap once again, and traveled about an hour to Leveque, where there is a community of deaf adults. When we arrived, it was like an extreme sauna; the sun was beating on us. We met with Pastor William, who then led us on a prayer walk around the deaf community. We visited several tiny homes, that were built with metal and cement. Each home we visited were no more than approximately 15 feet by 15 feet. Each home had a porch and space for gardening, but ground was permanently damaged due to lack of water.
Many of these deaf adults were part of families that lack food. Some went hungry. Many had no water delivered to them. These people had to pay for water, unlike Cite Soleil where Healing Haiti delivers free water.
The people we visited were surprised that Deaf Americans would come to see them. We asked them their names, what problems they were dealing with now, and how we could pray for them. Most common problems we heard were wanting to have steady income, food, and water. One house we visited, there was a woman who enjoyed doing laundry (Haitians wash their clothes by hand). We had an opportunity to see how she washed the clothes. Her property was full of clothing hung up on the line and over the plants to dry. Many of those clothes were color coordinated. We saw mostly red, blue, and black; clothes ranged in size from a little girl's tank top to a man's pants. A woman we met stated she did not have any prayer requests and that she was content; however, she did mention she needed food and water.
We passed by a house where there were many children and many adults singing, dancing, and praising the Lord. One team member recognized a song they were singing it was the Kreyol version of "Marching to Zion". Meredith went over and started singing/signing and dancing with the adults there, who welcomed her with big smiles.
Many of us were mesmerized with the spectacular views there. The mountains were much closer to us and massive in size. The homes going up towards the mountains were brightly colored with aqua, yellow, orange, and green.
Through prayer we have hope that God has already the answers for the problems we saw today.
Our evening devotion was about what we can do and how we can do something. We opened with two verses of the song, "Do Something" by Matthew West:
I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”
So, will you please join us in praying for the deaf people in Haiti?