Expectation and reality are seldom the same. Haiti is not the exception. Before our plane touched down, my minds-eye envisioned a poor and desperate country that had little to no hope. As we looked out the window of our plane, crumbled homes littered the landscape and our subsequent travel through Port-au-Prince, did nothing to dispute that image.
But we all need to be careful not to simply rely on our senses and our preconceived impressions, as they can often deceive us.
That is because Northwest Haiti Christian Mission is simply a bright light shining on a hill.
As we look upon the faces of the people of this village, the love of Christ can be seen in the smiles that are returned as we struggle to say Good morning, bon jour, in Creole. We heard it in the passionate singing and worship on Sunday. We hear it every morning in songs of praise and worship that is sung each morning in the tent next to where we sleep. We experience it in the hard work we see with our Haitian brothers as we stand side-by-side with them as we build houses that will soon be homes. We experience it as we enjoy fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ as we dine together every day. We feel the pure and all-consuming love of the children that rush to be picked up every time we come near. And, all of these things are clearly evident in the passion of Jody and Jose as their obedience to Christ’s calling has literally transformed this poor and simple fishing village into a beacon of hope for anyone searching for the ultimate love and hope, which is only found through Christ Jesus.
Robert Maynard, Northside Christian Church
From Freedom Reigns….
Hi from Haiti! Hi Craig, Griffin, Cameron, Rachel and Freedom Reigns Family!
It is Tuesday I think! LOL! Days kinda blend together not watching a clock just serving and waking up to the roosters crow or babies cry depending on what campus your on.
Today was our second day of women’s conference really awesome day of testimonies and faith building!! Some of the things these women have endured!! WOW! They have a strong faith and trust in God Almighty! It is supper time getting ready for pepperoni pizza, not a typical Haitian meal! Ready for God to move tonight at Revival!!
Had an awesome testimony from a lady Pastor Jakob prayed for last night. She had a visitation in the night from some angelic beings that cut her body and removed a tumor that was prayed for they told her to raise her hands and praise God and she would be healed! Awesome!!!
The ocean has been a nice relief from the heat in the afternoon and today there is a great breeze. It has been wonderful to serve along side of two very ambitious teams. Construction team is close to finishing four houses in two weeks! The Ladies from Missouri have been busy morning and afternoon and coming to Revival every evening. Neat Groups honoring JESUS in all they do! Keep praying for God to move through us. Tomorrow we travel an hour by truck to a different village for Revival.
Blessings to Home. Love and Miss you all!! Cheryl
PS – Hey dad. I’m still alive! -Molly
From MMM Small Group….
Oh my goodness. . . Jody just read us all of your comments and we are so humbled! Thank you all so much for you words of encouragement and love – you have no idea how much it means to us! We are truly in another world here, and it is so wonderful to know that you are all doing well and we can’t wait to see your sweet faces again soon!!
Today was a wonderful day – we were very busy, but it was so rewarding. My favorite part of the day happened this morning. There is an orphanage Momma that I absolutely adore, and her face just lights up when she smiles. After singing, talking, and praying with them this morning, we all stood up to leave and she gave me the biggest hug, which I absolutely loved! Only one more day and we’ll begin our trek home. . . can’t wait to see you all!!! Love you all!! Sarah
(They were so busy today they didn’t have a lot of time to blog!)
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Here is a small video clip Northside asked for me to post of Scott - their expert in construction! :)