Today was truly a blessing from God. Our team strived to be the face of Jesus and to be the spiritual water that our Haitian friends are thirsting for. In the morning we had community cleanup in the city, around the park area. We got a lot of trash picked up! In the afternoon, we started with women’s ministry. To go off on a tangent, these women are amazing…there’s no other word even close to describing them. They are so full even though they have so many life difficulties; they are willing to open up even though no one usually cares about their lives and they fill me with joy by smiling ear to ear with their beautiful Haitian smiles even though sometimes it is really hard for them to smile. It’s so awesome to be a young women pouring into these ladies because they are so thirsty to dig deeper into their faith. Today we talked about how to “wipe out worry” because we know how easy it is to worry as a woman. At the end of the ministry the women got to take home the “thrive” tree paintings they have been working on all week and they all also got to take home their own personal Creole bible. They absolutely loved it! Later in the afternoon, we celebrated the birth of 35 beautiful orphans. Each orphan decorated their own cupcake…with frosting AND sprinklesJ. They also played with beach balls, bubbles and got to tie-dye a t-shirt at the end of the birthday party. I’m so glad we got the opportunity to show the orphans how much we love them and how much God loves them and how happy we are that God created them just the way they are. Afterwards we had our team bonfire on the beach. As if the crashing of the ocean wasn’t enough, the hot dogs really were a nice addition. It was nice to have a recap of the week and hear Jody speak but we are all very sad that we only have one day left. Goodnight from The Mole!
-Taylor G J
Tonight’s my last night here, as I’m one of the crew heading out tomorrow afternoon earlier than the rest of the group. As I think about the experiences on this trip, what’s been memorable to me are the people I’ve seen and talked with. Haitian Hans (not to be confused with American Hans) has seen me get choked up as we talked about the difficulties of life in Haiti and the limited opportunities for change. Yet he lives every day with the hope he has found in Christ that one day things will be better. Pastor Agenor has shared with me the frustrations of leading the church here in Mole St Nicholas, yet the excitement and joy he feels as he sees the walls of the church building rising up higher and higher each day (the building that MCC funded through our Generosity Offering). I have been in awe of Susan and Emma (interns from our MCC family!), as well as Morgan, Miss Beth, and Tore as I watch them lead and minister here in Haiti. I am struck by the thought that the Kingdom of God is steadily advancing in this world through the efforts of young women willing to go where the Lord’s Spirit leads, efforts that are often unrecognized. And of course, I will remember spending time making crafts with Presley, the orphan that our family sponsors; getting my legs sudsed (is that a word?) and massaged by children dumping bubbles on me; and attempting to make the kitchen women smile when they served me food. God is good. (Love you, Julie, Michael, and Maggie!)
– Jamie W.
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