This morning we sat up from bed, rubbed our eyes, and climbed out of our mosquito nets as we prepared for another day of VBS. We fueled ourselves with delicious pineapple, mango, cereal, and obviously coffee. We spent time in the Word and discussed spiritual battles, something our trip to Haiti has been full of. Next, Mary Jane started our Creole lessons, and told us we have officially made it to 3rd grade Creole! My favorite part of her Creole lessons is learning songs that we know in English so we can sing them with the kids at VBS. My favorite from today was 'I have decided to follow Jesus', because I so clearly remember singing that at VBS when I was a kid.
Next, we headed out to meet with our Haitian friends to prepare for the day. We prayed over each other, our activities, and the beautiful children that would enter the gates of Living Hope Ministry within minutes. We all walked to the gates together and awaited the arrival of our favorite kiddos. As soon as the gates opened, they all ran to find their favorite one of us, with giant smiles on their faces. They leap into our arms, hold our hands, hug us, and ask us a slew of questions in Creole. This is by far the best part of the day. These kids are overwhelmed with joy, and it is so obvious that it is joy from the Lord.
After they arrive, we head into the Chapel to sing songs and dance to prepare the kids for the day. After that, we walked to their individual classrooms, each with about four kids clutching our hands, and started our day. My classroom is led by one of the youths from the church, DJoulee. He has more energy in one day than I think I have in all of my life. He rallies the kids to sing 'Papa Abraham' (Father Abraham) and learn their daily Bible verse so well and he has taught me so much about how to love and care for these kids. His passion for the Lord is so beautiful and it reminds me of the Lord's goodness and faithfulness to us. He is one of the most incredible leaders for the Lord that I have ever met.
After we have our individual class times, we meet back in the Chapel to sing more songs and get the kids together one last time before we send them home for the day. Today, one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed occurred: the kids started shouting 'I have decided to follow Jesus.' It was a beautiful moment where I saw the Lord's faithfulness and guidance in my own life that has brought me here, to Haiti, where I get to love and cherish more of His children.
The Lord has blessed my week with these children more than I could have ever asked. He has revealed so much to me about Him, my relationship with Him, and His heart for all nations that goes beyond all I can imagine.
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