Sunday, February 28, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021
Our God is such a good God.
Today the team started the morning really early. 6:00 AM EARLY! We all visited the local church called Church on the Rock. This church offers a 6AM service every week day. We experienced the vibrant and loud sounds of worship. Our Haitian brothers and sisters walked around as they sang, moving to the sounds of the music and praising God. They also took pauses in between their praises to kneel on the ground and pray. We were so curious and excited to worship alongside them.
We were fully immersed in the experience with no understanding of what was exactly being said. Words that did stand out to us were Hallelujah, Jezi (Jesus) and Gloria. But during the middle of the Pastor's preaching, the Pastor started saying words in English. Talking about how the Good Lord is our Shepherd, he is our provider and we lack nothing. That Jesus will never leave us and that we praise God for our day.
Our team began to throw our hands up, clap, and shout Amen as he spoke to us. Though language was a barrier, we still felt unified as we worshiped together and we also felt the warm and welcoming love of Jesus as the Pastor spoke to us. It was an amazing way to begin our day. The team left feeling vibrant and full of life.
After we wrapped up at Deux Mains we then made a stop to Rebo Coffee to enjoy a drink and reflect on our day.
Our final trip of the day was a second visit to the Hospital for Sick and Dying Babies. The team was more familiar with the experience as we all got to visit the sweet faces we saw earlier in the week. We enjoyed feeding and taking the children outside again. Some of us try to get little smiles and giggles out of the babies, and sometime we see those moments happen. But for the most part we held, rocked and spoke words of encouragement and love over them. We also enjoyed watching some older children take out small plastic trikes and ride down a ramp with big smiles and laughter. It was great fun for the smaller children to watch in wonder. Our goodbyes were still difficult, but the moments we were able to have together is what settled deep into our hearts.
During our team’s circle time we reflected on the last fruit of the spirit which is “self-control.” A verse Kat shared with the group really summed up what God is calling us to do. 2 Peter 1:5-7 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith GOODNESS; and to goodness, KNOWLEDGE; and to knowledge, SELF-CONTROL; and to self-control, PERSERVERANCE; and to perseverance, GODLINESS; and to godliness, MUTUAL AFFECTION; and to mutual affection, LOVE. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
With every interaction we have, with every opportunity to serve, with every moment of prayer – we are building up the qualities God is asking us to possess. It is in these moments that we are in the progressive process of becoming more like Jesus.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Today was such a fun day full of laughter and play time.
Our day began with meeting Jean Fils Aime who has played a significant role for developing Healing Haiti. He is the Director in Haiti and has helped build the compound from the very beginning. He shared his stories of how it all began and the growth Healing Haiti has experienced.
We made our way back to the compound for dinner. During our team devotion time we reflected on our day. Everyone shared their Word of the Day. Words ranged from Heart, Laughter, Community, Smile and Joy.
Jesus tells us “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14) We experienced a taste of heaven today as we shared love with all of God’s wonderful children.