Today was our final day of VBS at Living Hope Missions. Also today, 18 children stood in front of the missionaries at LHM to proclaim why they wanted to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior; then they prayed for it. I wanted to share some highlights given by members of our team through our reflections tonight. These are a culmination of their reflections and words. These are just some of the ways that we saw the Lord move and a few of the moments that made this trip radically beautiful and life-giving:
-Throughout the week a majority of the students on our trip went from butchering the little bits of creole that was taught to us in the mornings, to sharing laughter and lunch with Haitian youth leaders as we exchanged English and creole phrases over two-foot-tall preschool craft tables. There, youth leaders were anywhere from 11 to 20+ years old, and it was during these lunchtimes that were able to watch them interact with each other. It was incredible to see that they were the exact same as us. They teased each other about their ball playing skills, gossiped about boys, and every youth leader there chose to help in the VBS to share the love of God alongside their brothers and sisters in Christ.
-Worship is universal, and we soon discovered this when the songs the children sang were the same songs we sang in our awkward preteen stages growing up. Songs like Open the Eyes of my Heart Lord, and 10,000 Reasons. During these times of worship, whether we were speaking in Creole or in English, there was an overwhelming unity as a single body of Christ.
-The children as a whole were an incredible representation of what it looks like to have a child-like faith. We danced. We sang. We laughed. We painted. We did it in Jesus' name, and we said Amen.
Sam and I lead through devotions this morning. After a week surrounded by screaming, dancing children (and college students) we thought it would be relevant to bring up the topic of rest and what that will look like moving forward. Rest is needed for all of us. This week has been emotionally, spiritually, and physically draining. Now is our turn to pray, to grieve the goodbyes of brothers and sisters and to have radical faith and hope in God's hand in this mission.
Please join us in praying for Haiti, for the children touched in this school, and in every person on this team that is returning to The States tomorrow. Pray that we could witness the short time that we had over here and proclaim the works that the Lord is doing. The Lords' heart is for Haiti just as it is the United States. We are His people. We are connected through His love, and by His love, He is made known.
Thanks for reading all of this. Your prayers and support mean everything.