What a day...
Our day started bright and early with the rooster's crow and the sun just starting to peek over the mountainside. The first night in Haiti was unusually peaceful, most everyone slept well after the long day of travel.
After all 19 of us ate some Chex and Cheerios around the breakfast table, we headed down to Living Hope Ministry's main church building and were greeted by a couple hundred smiling young faces, waving for us to come sit by them. Immediately our team dispersed and merged in with the tiny little bodies and tiny little hands that wanted to touch absolutely everything. Our hair, hands, toes, Bibles, faces, arms, bellies, everything! Turns out the Haitian culture involves much more physical touch than our own. It was a bit uncomfortable at first, but qucikly our hesitations began to vanish as we learned to laugh and simply say hi! Mainly because we couldn't undertsand anything anyone was saying... but their smiles said it all; we were officially welcomed into their family.
During service, all of us experienced the joy and peace that comes with hundreds of hearts singing praises to our Bondye (our good God). Despite the language barrier, the sound of hearts worshipping was undeniable. The Spirit was so present that any worries and anxieties we had were put to rest for the time being.
After service, we all went out to the courtyard and weren't given any instructions. All we knew was that here we were in Haiti, and here were a bunch of kids standing by us wanting to play. So that's exactly what we did. For hours... and hours... (keep in mind, it was about 95 degrees today!) Some of us learned some of their games, some played tag in the field, some taught the kids how to flip on a jungle gym bar, others just sat and let the kids explore. The amount of love we were shown from these kids was absolutely incredible. Despite all the verbal and cultural barriers, it seemed like we had made a hundred tiny little best friends. And some even took it upon themselves to learn everyone's name on our team! They're making me look bad... I don't even know everyone's name yet.
After the kids went home, we had time to wind down and prep for the VBS that is starting tomorrow. Through food, fellowship, and some worship, we were able to reconnect with eachother. Everyone is on the same page.... we are ready for bed!!
Today we saw God's incredible and unconditional love. We know that perfect love casts out fear, and we are nothing without love. So please join us this week in loving God, then loving those around us.