Today I had another slice of heaven in Haiti. Some people who have been here find that hard to imagine, yet others who see beyond the rubble, grime, and poverty understand completely, because those who have eyes to see know that the treasure of Haiti is it's people.
Today's 'slice' came in the form of children. Not so surprising for those of you who know me well. Actually, those who don't know me deeply still discern that pretty quick. So yeah, though I and almost 200 other kids were crammed into a space about the size of two American master bedrooms, I was happy as a looney lark. These children all live in what the world would call a slum, but every Saturday afternoon, they forget their environment and focus on Jesus. They come running, smiling, dressed in their finest, just so they can be embraced by Jesus' love that we carry to them.
I had to walk 2 or 3 miles over uneven garbage-covered dirt roads, to get there, but it was worth every step. I kind of relish walking such roads where I see chickens, pigs, cattle, goat and lots of people. On one small rickety bridge we had to make room for both motorcycles and cattle to cross before us.
Though I don't speak much Creole and was mainly there just to help my two Haitian friends with their 200+ participant kid's club, I marveled at the fact that the children hung on me afterwards like I was their best friend. These children are so eager, so hungry (physically and spiritually), and so open, I wonder why there aren't armies of Christians here seeking them out. They certainly aren't hard to find.
Nonetheless, I thank God for the opportunity to participate in what He is doing here. It truly is amazing and the fact that the local voodoo priest, Jonas Joseph, came to the meeting underscores that fact. We met him on the way in, shook his hand and prayed for him. He was curious and spiritually hungry and admitted that the only reason he was a voodoo priest was because he couldn't find work in any other business.
If you want to help this work continue, please contact me. The two Haitians who run it do so at their own expense, and neither of them can 'afford' to do so. Their hearts of compassion though tell them they can't afford not to, so they move in faith for the sake of the children, Jonas Joseph, and Jesus. I personally know that the 35 year old man who started this has no money in a bank or in his pockets. In fact, we are staying with his family and we'd have no food tonight if we hadn't brought some packaged food from America. Haiti is recognized as the third hungriest nation in the world and that reality was highlighted once again as I walked the roads and strangers greeted me time and time again with, "I'm hungry."
Thank you to each one of you who has prayed or contributed. It is humbling to be here amongst His servants and I couldn't do it without your support.