This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalms 118:24
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. -John 16: 33
Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. -Psalms 116:7
Im so excited to finally sit down and reflect on what God did in Haiti but to be honest, I have struggled with how to put it all into words. Throughout my entire trip, He continued to remind me that He did not send me to another country, but just like a Father is excited to take His daughter on an adventure, He wanted to show me something new and beautiful and He did. Everytime I got scared, He said “don’t worry, Im holding your hand, walking with you every moment”, so I really didn’t have any reason to be fearful.
There were countless occasions I could tell you about how I saw the God in the beautiful people of Haiti but one that I will never forget was on the first day I was there. We couldn’t speak the language, so events like church and vbs had to be translated which made it a little difficult to feel the authenticity of the certain moments so I appreciated worship a little more because in a way, its universal. Even though we worshipped in our own languages, we were praising the same God in one accord. It was an amazon glimpse of what heaven may be like.
While at an orphanage there and just being around the kids in the local community, I had the opportunity to see and experience what it means to shine the light of Christ and how to have childlike faith. I rarely saw one of kids not smiling or laughing. They had nothing but were satisfied and content in having the love of Christ, that is all they know and all they need.
Although all the kids were a joy to be around, there were two little girls really captured my heart. Mekalinda is one of the little girls that lived near the church in Jacmel and she daily reminded me how beautiful and precious her innocence was. Nothing could steal her smile. She was always around the church singing and dancing and whenever I was in her presence, troubles seemed to fade and all I could do was laugh. My first day back to work and from now on, I challenge myself to maintain as much joy as this little girl because that is Gods heart.
Anjelica was a girl I met at the orphanage in the city of Jacmel. The first thing she did when she saw me was take my hand and had me follow her to a bench where she sat me down, grabbed my face with her little hands and she said ”Jesus loves you” which is probably the only english she knew. But she knew it and nothing that anyone told her could convince her otherwise. My faith has been challenged by this sweet girl that when there is opposition, I need to be as confident and secure in knowing who my God is and how He loves me.
Being back a week now, my heart has not stopped hurting from being away from the beautiful and joyful kids in Haiti. They showed me how to shine, how to be love, and how to have joy with simply having salvation. I praise God for taking me on an adventure I will never forget but He is reminding me daily that this is only the beginning and I can’t wait for the next voyage. #hobbit4lyfe #catchmeinireland