SOME of us woke refreshed to a beautiful sunny day around 85 degrees. There was a great breeze and after a light breakfast of porridge and bread we worshipped with our Haitian brothers and sisters. It was a service filled with the Spirit. It’s always an amazing sight to see those in such desperate conditions give God praise! The singing is always powerful as was the offering collection which brings the story of the widows might to mind.
We left Ebeneezer to join our Bosko clan and begin preparations for the week which led to some down time. We did manage to accomplish the transport of our blocks to finish out the goat wall. This resulted in some scratches and too much sun but otherwise was a great team effort.
We were all touched by a variety of experiences today. The worship experience. The simple observation of a wise woman sharing her gift of love with orphans laughing and playing games! A child that connected through a smile with a team member and then generously shared a single Cheeto! Seeing friends 2000 miles away again and embracing!
And then there was Pastor Calixtes desperate orphanage. One we have offered assistance to in the past through former mission teams. We took a nice hike to the orphanage to be greeted by singing children offering their gratitude for our visit. While we marveled at the joyful hearts and desperate conditions, we observed the upgraded septic system and toilets that previously overflowed. We then shared 100 lbs of rice and sang the infamous ‘Baby Shark’ song. We read from Philipians 2:
“3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
I witnessed this very thing today!
We wrapped our night up with a great chicken and rice dinner and a time of reflection on our day.
As I sit now in the balcony of the church in low light, using incredible technology in a third world country… As much as some things change… Some things never do…
I see happiness of white people with black children… who can’t communicate verbally yet still singing…dancing…laughing… cuddling… connecting. Sharing the gift of love through relationships.. Just as our Father would have it…
…some things never change!