Haiti: Week 1

Hey guys! It’s Saturday, and I arrived in Haiti on Monday (May 21st)! It’s been a busy and productive week, and I’ve loved every second. It’s been exhausting already, but in the best way. I have said this before, and I’ll say it again – I love seeing the way the Lord is working and making himself known throughout the world, especially in Haiti.

For this first week, we went to Village Time, which is basically doing ministry in the local villages – praying with people, building relationships with people in the villages, and loving on people. I’ve also been involved in many work days – painting houses and investing in people that way. I love learning more about how Mission of Hope is submitting to the Lord in all that they do, and the knowledge the Lord has given to them about poverty alleviation. Big things are happening here y’all, and it’s all the Lord’s grace!

Things move incredibly quickly around here, and the staff constantly encourages us to seek the Lord first and foremost. That is one of the most beautiful things I’ve learned so far. YES, we are here to love on and minister to the people of Haiti, but if I do not grow closer to the Lord through this time, I’m robbing myself of what the Lord wants to reveal to me.

All of the other interns are wonderful, and I feel like we have known one another for a lot longer than a few days. I love how deeply we share a connection because of our foundation in Jesus.

As far as prayer requests, I would say focus – that we would not lose focus of why we are here…that we are focus first and foremost on the Lord, and what He is revealing to us. Pride – that I would not see myself as “better than/above” the Haitian people, but that I would revel in the grace that Jesus has offered to all…that I would daily recognize the sin in my own life, and walk through these ministry opportunities as fellow sinners saved by a perfect Savior.

A couple of the quotes from the book “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself” have really stuck out to me and I’d love to share them:

  • Human being’s primary purpose is to ‘glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.’ This is our calling, the ultimate reason for which we were created. We were created to serve and give praise to our Creator through our thoughts, words, and actions. When we do this, we experience the presence of God as our heavenly Father and live in a joyful, intimate relationship with Him as His children.
  • [we need to] understand our brokenness and to embrace the message of the cross in deep and profound ways, saying to ourselves every day: “I am not OK; and you are not OK; but Jesus can fix us both.”
  • Our relationship to the materially poor should be one in which we recognize that both of us are broken and that both of us need to blessing of reconciliation. Our perspective should be less about how we are going to fix the materially poor and more about how we can walk together, asking God to fix both of us.
  • Healthy relationships require transformed hearts, not just transformed brains
  • We must not shy away from declaring biblical truth, for our confidence rests in the power of the Word of God and in the active presence of the Holy Spirit to overcome our inadequacies.

That’s just a quick update on some things going on, and things God is teaching me. What a beautiful life! What a gracious God!

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