Texas Tech Day 5…

Hey everyone! This is Ama Martinez-or according to our trip leader Chris (hearing impaired) Ama Morrison!

I have had a great time so far on this trip! This is my second time to Haiti; my first time was in 2011. I hadn’t originally planned on going on this trip with the Wesley Foundation. I heard there was an open spot 2 weeks before we left and was very excited to be able to seize the opportunity!

Today was a day that we could choose what type of ministry we got to do for the morning: Hut-to-Hut Evangelism, Construction on the abuse clinic that the mission is building, or have a VBS for kids around the Mole. I chose to do Hut-to-Hut Evangelism. I like Hut-to-Hut Evangelism because we get to go to huts all around the town and basically just learn about the stores of the people here. Some are fishermen, some have children that are healthy, some are sick, some desire for Jesus to become more real in their life, and some desire a better economic situation for their family. It is great to hear the desires of their heart, their troubles, what they’re grateful for, and what they hope for.

It’s an honor to get to pray for them and for God’s presence to come into each Hut. Today Abbey Smith felt she really felt one woman needed to know her life is valued and a celebration, so our group sang “Happy Birthday” to her. Yes, in English. She told us she was thankful for the gift of our song, and even though we felt silly, we were glad that we did it. That’s the thing about being here in Haiti, you do a lot of silly things. God really moves through everything that you do with a willing heart.

I think I’ve done the Hokey Pokey more times in this one week than I ever did as a child. The way Al Martin “shakes his nose all about” has made more kids smile and laugh than I ever would have thought. The Mole is an amazing place of joy, laughs, love, beauty, family, and heartache. I know I can speak for the whole team and say that this trip has been such a blessing.

This was the final afternoon of the youth conference, and I think it concluded well. I can’t wait to hear about the fruit from the conference years from now. The young ladies we got to meet and hang out with this week are beautiful inside and out and my prayer is that God becomes increasingly tangible in their day-to-day routines.

To all the worriers out there: Everyone on our team is happy, healthy, and as far I know, nobody has an overwhelming amount of mosquito bites! We are supposed to land in Dallas at around 5:50 pm on Sunday–I know I told my husband wrong, so no telling who else told their loved ones the wrong arrival time.

Our hearts are broken, changed, full, and a mix of sad to leave and happy to return to our loved ones and share our experience here. We love you all.

Ama Martinez.

p.s. shout out to my ridiculously good looking husband, I love you. Keep on comentin’

4 comments

  1. Hey guys. We have loved reading and hearing each of your experiences from the trip. Elise and I have been praying for you daily. It feels so weird to not be on this trip with all of you! I rejoice and praise God for all the moments that you have shown the people of Haiti and each other the love of Christ. I also pray that God has revealed even more of His Love and character to each of you personally. I pray that as you start the long journey back home, that you would celebrate all that God has done and all that He will continue to do even after you leave. We leave you with this blessing taken from st. Patrick (tis the season).

    May Christ shield you today.
    Christ with you, Christ before you,
    Christ behind you,
    Christ in you, Christ beneath you,
    Christ above you,
    Christ on your right, Christ on your left,
    Christ when You lie down, Christ when You sit,
    Christ when you stand,
    Christ in every eye that sees you.
    Christ in every ear that hears you.

    Jesus will never leave or forsake you or the people of Haiti.

    We love you,

    Josh and Elise

  2. MY PEOPPLLLLLEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    guys. I seriously love every single picture that gets posted. my heart melts every time I see these kids and I wish that I could be there enjoying them with y’all. I speak fluent child so I know that I would be completely in my element and loving every second! I’m so proud of each and every one of you….even though i only know a handful, you guys have done so many wonderful things this week and I am so jealous of all of you! Finish out the week strong!! I am super pumped to hear all about the amazing things that God has allowed you guys to be a part of in Haiti. this week sounds like it has been awesome! Glad everyone is doing ok. Praying for safe travels back.

    shout out to my rockin’ babe. keep falling in love with babies/kids…. 😉 meredith is ready to be an aunt!!
    also ama, I got our kitten early….and bought a motorcycle….with cameron….but i cleaned the house! 🙂 i love you.

  3. it is a great joy to hear how y’all are having such a wonderful time in God’s work. Many hearts and lives have been changed through your dedication and spiritual love. You have made memories for the young Haitians that no one can take away. That is such a special gift for them. Prayers for y’all on your last days in that beautiful place.

  4. I don’t know you, but I’ve been given a glimpse into your hearts. How precious you are to your families and to our Lord and Savior!
    As you leave Mole, there maybe questions or concerns if what you did really mattered. You may not have seen the changes you had wanted to see, but I can assure each of you that GOD’S word Never returns void!!
    You did what you were called to do; Go, love, tell! You have planted and or watered, and it will be The Lord to bring the growth.
    I can’t wait to hear all the God stories, how He touched, delivered, healed, loved and laughed through you! I know you will not go back to Lubbock and not be changed.
    Our prayers continue for you .
    A shout out to our precious one, Mandy. We love you and are proud of you!
    Can’t wait to talk!!!!

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