Today our team spent the morning at the Compassion project site where we had an orientation (complete with kids dancing, singing and welcoming us with hugs!) and began our renovation work. The morning was full of moments like above, while the second half of the day was spent painting the majority of the future-computer lab. We were told that this lab would not only be for the specific project we were at but also for surrounding Compassion projects who wanted students to do computer-type learning.
We debriefed at night as a team, had a time of sharing highs/lows, talked about some of our “highs and lows” throughout the day. The team shared about many of the things God has shown them in just one day here in Haiti. Very neat!
As I was flying from Miami to Port-Au-Prince yesterday afternoon, typing out some thoughts, this song came into the rotation:
So I’ll stand
with arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the One who gave it all
So I’ll stand
My soul Lord to you surrendered
All I am is Yours
I was convicted that I was making this trip about the particulars. Through all the logistics, counting team-members, making sure everyone was in line and accounted for, I was putting my identity as the “leader” and ensuring things were running smoothly. Instead of echoing that simple chorus at the onset of this trip, I was standing… but I was standing on my own strength and self-worth.
Instead, I want a prayer of mine (and our team) this week to be “surrender”.
One of the great things about going on a trip with Compassion is the ability to “experience” without the burdens of worrying about logistics and fine-details. They take care of nearly everything and give the teams they host space to hear from God.
So, I resolve to just that: give space and invite — invite God to have His way and raise up His name while we’re here in Haiti.