Today we must leave our new friends in Haiti! We dress and complete our packing. People arrive outside and quietly stand and wait.
Three beautiful children are sitting outside. They wash dishes and sing as they work. I take them a coloring book and a box of crayons. “Keyon! koule!” the children exclaim! “Crayons! Color!” They finish their work and the big brother takes the dishes into the house. The two little sisters color.
The bus arrives and immediately, the big sister begins to cry. When she sees the bus, she realizes that the Americans are leaving! Their mom takes the girls into the house. We hear the girls wailing. They cry. We cry. Eventually they stand in their doorway and we can hug and kiss them goodbye. Our hearts are bound to these sweet people!
Ministry is hard. We love without boundaries. It hurts and cuts our hearts apart when it is time to leave. It hurts us and it hurts the Haitians!
We trust that the LORD will allow us to come back again to see these people.
A three hour bus drive on Market Day was most interesting! Driving on both sides of the road. Motorcycles driving on the left as well as the right. Hundreds of people lining the streets. Tap-taps everywhere over-filled with people holding on the back of the pickup. The LORD protected us as we almost ran into a crowded tap-tap as well as when a donkey wandered into the highway in front of us.
We laugh at ourselves as we reflect and realize how relaxed we are in this foreign land. We’ve slept each night with doors open and in rooms with no windows. We bathe with cold water mixed with stove-warmed water. Our meals mainly consists of rice, a few beans, and pasta. We spread peanut butter on soft tortillas and roll them to make sandwiches. We are satisfied and thankful, realizing that we are eating better than the people surrounding us. Throughout the days of serving in the medical clinic, we have water…clean water. The people come empty-handed with no water and no food. They are thankful for the services we provide.
Our plane is delayed. We finally load and return to Miami. We then must navigate customs, claim our baggage, recheck the bags, and find our gates. No time for food. We snack and load the plane. Another bus ride takes us back to Birmingham.
It’s time now to say goodbye to our team members~Our family for this trip. Bittersweet! God planted us to work together in Haiti and our hearts were bound with love for the Haitian people.
Thank You, LORD, for safe travels! Thank You for healing the 934 Haitians and we ask You to send Your Spirit to woo these sweet people to salvation in You! We are privileged to be used by You to meet needs in Haiti. Bless Pastor Elise, the church, the school, and the community. Your will be done in Haiti, in America, and throughout our world. Amen.
“Wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest … One plants and another one harvests.” John 4 : 35-38
“Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God’ gets help. But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? “
Does anyone care, God? Is anyone listening and believing a word of it? The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to. Romans 10:13-17 NLT