UPDATE FROM SAVANNAH:
Day 5 in Haiti, WOW! What a glorious day to serve God! It was filled with Bible study with the single women, VBS with the children, sports and spreading God’s word along with some finger nail polish. The Holy Spirit is alive and well in Haiti!
We had lunch with the leaders of the single women’s small groups and they are on fire doing bible study. Tomorrow we plan on handing out 300 to 400 hundred trees to give to the community as a primary source of income. I cannot begin to put into words what God is doing in my life! He has showed me how to LOVE unconditionally and to LOVE everyone. These people may be materially poor, yet they are so rich – they are so loving, so hospitible, so satisfied with the simple life they have been given.
I personally did something I would do at home. We went up the mountain visiting one hut after another, and I painted toe nails. You need to know that I DO NOT like feet! And there I was painting toe nails in a culture where shoes are a rarity and so are clean feet. What a humbling experience. Some of the children continued to follow us so that we would paint their nails two and three times just because they wanted us to hold their hands once more.
They are so desperate for a loving touch. We went with a simple mission to love, and God used finger nail polish to open the door. God is good all the time!
Keep us in your prayers so that we may stay strong and healthy, God isn’t finished with us yet.
UPDATE FROM MOMENTUM:
FANTABULOUS day! This morning, us women folk worked with the Savannah group on a VBS/Single Mothers Bible Study. The Savannah women led and we were just able to help out where needed. I felt blessed to be able to pray over a group of single mothers, even though they have no idea what I said 🙂 I’m pretty sure I really scared them when I summed it all up with some big hugs.
While the women did this, the men folk did some digging. A LOT of digging, and a lot of sweating. This was for the school foundation, and I’ve never seen so much sweat. Meredith (“beast”)actually joined the guys for a big portion of the digging (in an effort to make the rest of us ladies look bad, I think) and actually got the joy of digging up a leg bone.
OH…YEAH. A leg bone. This happened only after Danny dug up a skull. YES, I’m dead serious…hee hee. Ok, this doesn’t seem funny, but we have decided we have to find the humor in it, or else it is too creepy. I’m sure you can only imagine the number of jokes that have been flying around. One of the Haitian workers told Meredith, “Uh, yeah. People, they die. They die.” UH….ok.
After lunch, a few of us got to do some “hut to hut evangelism” in the mountains. It was so cool. We painted some nails (young and old) and Billy prayed for the families. The kids are so desperate for the affection that they actually run off, wipe the polish off, and come back and ask you to paint their nails again. They are such a nice, appreciative people, and a joy to be around. We even had one women (pregnant with her 3rd child) ask us to come and pray over her family and home because her husband is sick. While we were doing this, the guys (and Meredith) continued to dig.
I’m pretty sure none of them have ever sweat that much. Ever. We all met back up mid-afternoon to deliver the goats and pigs we bought in the market the other day. We were able to take these to the homes and pray over the families that were receiving them. We got some pictures and it was wonderful. We are now sitting down for a spaghetti dinner and a devotion, while watching Josh learn some sassy snap moves from a 7 year old. Don’t worry, we have video!
Mandy & Debbie – We loved your sweet cards and letter – THANK YOU!!! One other thing of note is a sad story involving Matt. Stephen and Matt have been tent mates all week, however, Stephen left for the St. Louis campus this morning for the remainder of the week to help them with the layout of new buildings. Some of the guys heard Matt softly crying in his tent all alone, so we laughed for a few minutes then went back to sleep. Just kidding Mandy!
Tomorrow will be another full day, including a trip to Kapafu, a fishing village, to do a VBS for the kids and adults alike. Thank you so much for the blog comments – you have no idea how much they mean to us right now. Along those lines, Loren, Tricia and Kelly – Jody reads the comments out loud to us every night – you’re killing us with the mush!!! We love you guys, and can’t wait to share some of our incredible experiences here.
***This is Jody typing right now. Tonight my 2-year-old son fell and busted his chin. Billy walked with me and my husband in the dark to the doctor’s house. Then we went to the clinic. It took 3 of us to hold him down on a metal table, sweat dripping, with bugs flying everywhere. Bill held Asher’s little sweaty head and prayed over him the whole time. We were gone for over an hour. It’s been an honor getting to know him and it REALLY meant a lot to us.