Sunday, February 5, 2017

Day 7 Scott/Loween Team - Beauty

A week in Haiti

Seven days ago, a team was brought together on a common mission. To serve the people of Haiti.

We have served alongside each other at a home for sick and dying children.  We have made multiple trips into Cite Soleil to deliver water. We have visited multiple orphanages and spent time sharing music, games of soccer, and craft work with the children.

We have had some emotional ups and downs.  We have seen the extreme of poverty.  We have seen, fed, and changed the diapers of children who may not live to see tomorrow.  We have felt the touch of a child looking, simply, to be loved. 

Yet despite the poverty, we have also experienced the beauty of Haiti.  We have shared smiles, laughs and words with the wonderful Haitian people.  We have witnessed their resilience and unshakeable faith.

This team, mostly strangers seven days ago, is now bonded.  We are friends; I dare say we have become family.

We started our final day sharing in church at Grace Village.  From there, we traveled another 40 minutes north up the coast.  Our trip culminated at a beautiful beach resort.  The same sort of resort you might find in Jamaica, or on the other side of the island in the Dominican Republic.

Despite the natural disasters that have devastated the country of Haiti, there is so much beauty here.  There is beauty in the landscape, and more-so in the people.

1 Corinthians 13:13 reads “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

The Faith of the Haitian people is a model for us all.

There is Hope here, we witnessed it. We experienced it.

Cite Soleil is the poorest slum in the western hemisphere.  A shanty town encompassing a little over 8 square miles with a population estimated between 200 and 400 thousand.  Deep in Cite Soleil, we witnessed love.  Love of community. Love of neighbors. Love of strangers.

Yes, Faith, Hope and Love are alive and well here.

Seven days ago, a team was brought together on a common mission. We arrived thinking we were here to serve. Tomorrow we leave having found ourselves the recipients.  Haiti has done so much more for us, than we for her.




Indeed, these three remain. . .