Time is flying by!
Today was exhausting, but incredibly victorious! What a blessing this whole day has been!
Due to our late night yesterday, we ended up holding worship service this morning amongst our group. Cara and Stradine did a beautiful job taking us through the book of Esther and sharing 4 major themes/takeaways with us:
- The Preparation of God’s Servants (Esther 2)
- The Favor of God (Esther 5, 7)
- The Importance of God’s Timing (Esther 4)
- God being the Father of Compassion (Esther 4)
We have certainly seen all of these things be true in our lives, especially while being in Haiti. With the mindset of trust in our God for His favor, timing, and compassion, we went into our day with boldness and much expectation.
The women were back in the kitchen getting ready to provide meals for the children at the neighboring Lambi campus. While Stephania, Stradine, Cara, Regina and I spent the morning cleaning the rice and doing dishes for the incredible women at Grace International’s Kitchen, Colin, Justin, Chike, and Angel were hard at work in the main hospital building, fixing all of the toilets and showers!
Time flew by quickly, and before we knew it, we found ourselves piled (squished) into a Tap Tap and jetted off to serve Lambi!
When we arrived on the Grace VIllage Lambi campus, we were welcomed with the sight of beautifully constructed buildings and gardens. The village, which was once full of tents and construction sites was now a thriving and complete neighborhood.
The patriarch and matriarch of the village gathered all of the Village’s children into the new Community Center building for a time of fun and play while we waited for the Tap Tap to return with the cooked food.
The kids were so hungry…not only for food, but for love and attention. We had a blast getting to know them, and they wore us out! 🙂 Chike was able to meet with his sponsor child and meet her brother, who is a staff member at Grace International!
When the food finally arrived, the children of the entire village lined up to get a large meal. Hundreds arrived en masse!
And this time, every single person was fed! What an amazing blessing! All of the children were able to leave the community center with a packed meal, and with the food left over, we were able to distribute them to the young ladies/mothers of the Village.
Right after Lambi, we jumped into the Tap Tap again to head on over to the Boys’ Home. We hit a flat tire halfway through our trip and experienced (literally) the fastest tire change any of us have ever seen. Less than 3 minutes, the tire was changed, and we were off again!
Once we arrived at the Boys’ Home, let me tell you…what a difference it was from the Girls’ Home!
At the Girls’ Home, we quietly drew, did puzzles, played with dolls, and jump roped just a little bit. At the Boys’ Home, we played basketball, football, cars, jacks, rough housed, hugged, and ran around like crazy the whole entire time.
It was so much fun! (And yes, that is Wilkens next to me. I missed him so much, and it was so awesome to see him face-to-face again!!!)
When we got home to our rooms, we pretty much all just collapsed in a heap. We were sweaty, smelly, exhausted, but incredibly happy. After a thorough military shower (in the newly fixed bathrooms, compliments of the men in our group), we all enjoyed a super delicious Haitian dinner and ended the night in worship and a Word, shared by Stephania and Regina.
The focus on tonight’s message was centered around Romans 8 and Isaiah 58. As a group, we are incredibly blessed to have this experience in Haiti, and we have the amazing opportunity to be able to serve the children in need. In Romans, the Word speaks on being “transformed,” which means “to leave ourselves behind.”
After you visit and serve in Haiti, you simply cannot return the same way you came in. This experience truly allows you to become transformed from the inside and out, and taken to a greater level. God’s plan is greater and bigger than anything we could ever imagine…and all we need to do is surrender to His Will.
We are heading to bed early tonight, as we have a 6:00 am church service to attend! Thank you again for your prayers and support! Tomorrow is another new day full of opportunities, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it!