The day in Haiti began overlooking the sunrise coming over the foothills, praying for the peace of the Lord today. Over breakfast we discussed the love of children Jesus showed in Matthew 18 and Mark 10 as we prepared for the insanity of our first day of VBS. We pondered the humility, faith, and joy of children as we prayed for the same posture in our own lives. After breakfast, we had a creole lesson from our wonderful host, Mary Jane. Despite our constant desire to speak Spanish (yes...Spanish, for some odd reason) we are very slowly learning a language completely foreign to almost all of us.
We walked down to the gate where many children ran up to us remembering our names from yesterday. We then went to the church to worship and let me tell you, nothing makes me tear up like tons of small children singing to our Lord with nothing but utter joy. After making fools of ourselves trying to teach the kids our songs, we split into our classrooms. The theme of our day was God created us to love Him and one another. We shared the creation story, made paper telescopes, telling kids everything they saw God had created, and joyously sang some more. After lunch and hearing all the kids recite the verses they has memorized today, they went home and we debriefed over lunch. It was the first time our team actually got to fully interact with the Haitians leading the VBS and what a fun time it was. We struggled to communicate, eventually figuring out that we all knew more basic Spanish than we did Creole or English! We talked about our lives and how the VBS had gone. Overall, it seemed like the Lord blessed us with a pretty great and smooth day.
Post-lunch the middle and high school aged kids joined us for youth group and we got to share the Gospel and talk about how it has personally impacted our life in 2017. We had a real fun time as these older kids taught us Creole and proudly practiced the English they knew. The most encouraging part of the youth group occurred as we talked about how we want to grow closer to the Lord in 2018. We all shared a common desire to just walk more intimately with the Lord and to love those around us more.
After sending the kids home and enjoying some homemade pizza, we gathered in the living room to enjoy community through ice breakers and worship.
It's crazy to think about the amount of love, joy, and community we got to experience today alongside the kids and one another. These kids love hard and are eager to love God and us more and more each day it seems. I'm praying that I become more like these joyous children everyday as I rest in this truth:
"'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me."