April 21, 2016
It is crazy to think that we have been in Haiti for five days. The time has flown with everyday bringing forth a different challenge or some other learning experience. I have seen God working in everyone’s heart in a variety of ways and look forward to everything else He has in store.
Today was a busy day spent going from one place to the next. We started out the day with a wonderful breakfast, complete with coffee that would put Starbucks to shame. Emily Oliverio led our morning devotions and talked about the importance of giving. The devotion was a great way to start the day because it’s so important to have a giving attitude when you’re in a place like Haiti.
We left the hotel after devotions and went to the Henderson’s house to get beans and rice. Once we acquired the perishables, we distributed them to a community that was in need and a school on the other side of town. The Haitian people loved that we came to help them and were extremely thankful—there was this one old lady that kissed us all.
It’s so important to have a giving attitude when you’re in a place like Haiti.
Dr. Malcolm asked us earlier in the week if we would all be up for going to talk to a powerful voodoo priest that was still practicing his magic. It turned out that plans got turned around due to water in the mountains that enabled us to make that visit today. The place was kind of spooky with crosses and pictures of saints everywhere (we found out that voodoo is closely connected to the Catholic Church).
I was surprised that the priest was a nice old man that was very glad to meet us. We spent a few hours of asking him really tough questions from the Bible but he never would answer them with a straight answer. He knew about the Bible but he found his truth from a variety of different cults and religions. We are praying that he will see and believe that Jesus is the only way to the Father and source of truth in this life.
We were late getting out of the priest’s home so we had to get on the tap-taps and make haste to church, which turned out to be a pretty happening place. I was raised Baptist so I wasn’t really prepared for what I was about to walk into. The worship service was outstanding! The Haitians were either clapping, waving, or dancing the whole time (the dancing took me by surprise the most). The joy that the natives had was incredible though. You could see it in their actions. They didn’t need nice buildings or fancy sound equipment. In fact, the Haitians’ contentment about things in general has been very convicting to me personally.
The joy that the natives had was incredible though. You could see it in their actions. They didn’t need nice buildings or fancy sound equipment.
Once we headed back to the hotel, we had an hour of downtime. Meanwhile, Dr. Malcolm did a surgery on a young man who had a lump, the size of a quarter, on the back of his head. I found out later that the man was the voodoo priest’s son, who we witnessed to earlier in the day. We hope the priest and all his family will see Christ’s love in Malcolm, and that they will come to put their faith in Jesus.
We had devotions after supper about Paul’s persecution for Jesus and compared that to the persecution that goes on in America. It was a challenging devotion because we came to the conclusion that there is comparatively no persecution for Christ in America. It is a sad thought that Jesus gave all He had for us, yet we are willing to give Him so little in return.
Jlanghurst. Mountainous Farming Plots near Port-au-Prince Haiti.
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